MSc Dermatology in Clinical Practice (Online Delivery)

The Dermatology in Clinical Practice Masters runs over one year and is designed to help healthcare professionals specialises in their career and develop more dermatology professionals.

The online masters course, offered through our collaborative partner Diploma MSc, offers progression from the Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology for individuals who are interested in a leadership role within the field.

Students will typically be health professionals such as GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians and pharmacists.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
  • Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
    This 12-week module aims to help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to dermatology research. 

  • Professional Project: Dermatology
    To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.


Students are expected in the first eight weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor.

The student and tutor will interact weekly on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.


Module One: Online tutor assessment for the modules based upon student contributions to the individual components comprising of:

  • Weekly case based scenarios and discussion: 40%
  • Reflective portfolio: 10%
  • Group activity: 20%
  • Time limited, multiple choice, case based exam 30%

Module Two: Professional Project. Online tutor assessment of an in-depth 10500 word dissertation, exploring a relevant topic.


As part of your studies you will have access to over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles and conference proceedings.

Admission to the course is typically through the following qualifications:

  • First degree or equivalent (including international qualifications).
  • Relevant professional healthcare (e.g. doctor, nurse) qualifications.

Those without recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. The RPL process is in line with the University of South Wales’ Regulations and students seeking to access this mechanism will submit evidence to the Course Director at Learna Ltd. The portfolio will subsequently be examined in liaison with the Course Link at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

Entry requirements for the Independent Prescribing module are different from the other modules. They are specifically defined by the IP module validation document and include:

Three years' post registration experience

  • One year in field of practice
  • Support of Line manager
  • Requirement of current role for IP status
  • Availability of mentor
  • UK resident

Please see NMC/GPhC websites for further details.

Students who wish to apply to do the IP Module will be advised that they must adhere to entry requirements for the module and will be directed to the relevant department in the first instance.

RPL into the one year top up MSc course will be considered on an individual basis dependent on students demonstrating that they have met the learning outcomes of the USW PG Diploma.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.


You can apply for a postgraduate loan as a contribution towards your course and living costs.

Apply directly to the University for the MSc Dermatology course.

Admissions statement 

The MSc Dermatology in Clinical Practice prepares graduates for a leadership role in the field. Applicants will typically be health professionals such as GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians and pharmacists. For healthcare professionals who successfully complete a qualification, career progression would likely be facilitated, as well as the direct opportunity to improve patient care.