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Diploma in Practical Dermatology

A Postgraduate Qualification in Dermatology

The Diploma in Practical Dermatology is a one-year postgraduate distance-learning course for general practitioners who wish to gain expertise in the practical management of skin disease. It is the qualification of choice for doctors wishing to establish themselves as GPs with a Special Interest in Dermatology or become clinical assistants.

This is a highly interactive online programme delivered through a state-of-the-art website. Through dedicated online tutorial support, discussion forums and online assessments, course participants become members of an enthusiastic and supportive online community of doctors with an interest in Dermatology. This environment allows collaboration, both academic and clinical, which extends beyond the life of the programme.

Upon completion of the DPD, students will have the opportunity to progress on to the MSc in Practical Dermatology course (subject to eligibility).

The online content is supplemented by a study meeting held in the UK.

The DPD is one of only 27 courses in the UK accredited for Higher Professional Development by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Additionally it is a quotable qualification in Hong Kong and Singapore and is accredited in Australia.


This is a highly interactive, online, part-time distance learning programme designed to equip the general practitioner with a sound understanding of skin disease as it presents in practice. The course aims are twofold: to provide course participants with a basic understanding of primary care clinical dermatology and to enable GPs to successfully manage dermatological problems in patients presenting to their surgeries.

Applicants must be qualified in medicine.

Work Experience
Applicants must be currently working as a General Practitioner or Clinical Assistant in dermatology.  Course participants must see dermatology patients in their work place or be able to show how they will follow up patients in order to complete various written assignments.

English Language (International Applicants)

All English language qualifications must have been obtained within the last two years. This includes medical degrees that have been studied in English.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements of Cardiff University:

- IELTS: 6.5

- TOEFL (Internet (IBT)): An overall score of 90

Any other evidence of English language competence will be assessed at the discretion of the University.  For further information on Cardiff University’s English Language requirements please click here.


- Course participants must have access to a computer which is connected to the Internet.

- Participants must be able to travel to Cardiff to complete the final examination.

PDF of Prospectus

If you have any queries about this course, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 29 2074 2247 / 4155
Fax: +44 (0) 29 2074 4312