Postgraduate Diploma Dermatology in Clinical Practice (Online Delivery)

The Dermatology in Clinical Practice Diploma is designed to help healthcare professionals specialise in their career and develop the need for more dermatology professionals.

This online Dermatology course, offered through our collaborative partner Diploma MSc, is applicable to all GPs, Practice Nurses, Specialist Nurses and Pharmacists exposed to patients with dermatological conditions.

Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8

Module 1 - Dermatology in Clinical Practice Overview
Aim of the module:
To develop a critical understanding of the description of dermatological conditions, referral pathways, imaging and management.
Synopsis of module content:

●      The language of dermatology
●      Therapeutics
●      Drug eruptions
●      Vasculitis
●      Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease
●      Guidance, teledermatology and the multi-disciplinary team

On completion of this module the student should be able to:
Resolve diagnostic conundrums and institute appropriate management strategies in relation to systemic disease, side effects of drugs and vasculitides.
Demonstrate acuity in using health care resources for the benefit of the patient in such areas as the role of the multidisciplinary team, referral pathways and evidence-based, guidance in dermatological conditions

Module 2 - Lumps, bumps and skin cancer
Aim of the module:
To be able to describe, diagnose and interpret the management of skin lesions in the context of guidance.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Skin lumps and bumps
●      Benign skin lesions
●      Non-melanoma skin cancer
●      Melanocytic Naevi
●      Melonoma
●      Surgical Approach to Skin Disease

On completion of this module the student should be able to:
Differentially diagnose a wide variety of skin lesions.
Differentiate between benign and malignant lesions and an understanding of the appropriate referral pathway and treatment guidance.
Critical appraisal of the evidence relating to the management of skin lumps and bumps.

Module 3 - Lesions at specific sites
Aim of the module:
To accurately describe, identify and institute an appropriate management strategy for dermatoses at specific areas of the body.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Facial rashes
●      Nails
●      Scalp and hair
●      Perineal dermatoses
●      Flexural dermatoses
●      Palmar and plantar dermatoses

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
A critical understanding of the predilection for common dermatoses at various sites of the body.
An ability to solve diagnostic conundrums relating to regional dermatoses.
An ability to formulate an appropriate management plan for site specific dermatoses utilising evidence.

Module 4 - Inflammatory Dermatoses
Aim of the module:
To accurately describe, identify and institute an appropriate management strategy for inflammatory dermatoses
Synopsis of module content:

●      Differential diagnosis of inflammatory dermatoses
●      Atopic eczema
●      Contact dermatitis
●      Psoriasis
●      Urticaria
●      Bullous eruptions

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
A critical understanding of the evidence relating to common inflammatory skin conditions.
An ability to solve diagnostic conundrums relating to inflammatory dermatoses.
An ability to formulate an evidence-based management plan for common inflammatory dermatoses.

Module 5 - Skin Infections
Aim of the module:
To be able to describe, diagnose and interpret the management of skin infections in the context of guidance.
Synopsis of module content:

●      Differential diagnosis of skin infections
●      Cellulitis and ulceration
●      Infestation
●      Infection related to systemic illness
●      Photodermatoses

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
A critical awareness of the evidence basis for the identification and management of common skin infections/infestations/photodermatoses
An ability to develop and decipher a differential diagnosis for skin infections/infestations/photodermatoses
A critical awareness of the appropriate management strategy and referral pathways for infections/infestations and photodermatoses

Module 6 - Dermatology in Specific Populations
Aim of the module:
To develop an ability to identify common skin disorders in particular subgroups of the population and to understand the specific treatment pathways
Synopsis of module content:

●      Infant skin
●      Acne and adolescent skin problems
●      Pigmented skin
●      Elderly skin
●      Anti-aging
●      Cosmetic treatments

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
A critical awareness of the evidence basis relating to the identification and treatment of common skin disorders in various populations
An ability to develop and decipher a differential diagnosis for common skin diseases affecting specific populations
A critical awareness of the appropriate management strategy and referral pathways for individuals from sub-groups of the population

Teaching

The Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology starts with a one day residential induction of clinically focussed teaching at the University’s Glyntaff campus.

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Each easy-to-use online module will last six weeks, using real life case problems linked to forum based discussions, a reflective portfolio, group activities and a case-based examination.

Assessment

The Postgraduate Diploma Dermatology course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process. Each of the six modules has the same assessment format.

Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis). Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who facilitates clinical case discussions with the group; monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities.

Facilities

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 Lead at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

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


  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

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.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology prepares graduates for a leadership role in the field of dermatology.