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Diploma/MSc in Clinical Dermatology

A Postgraduate Qualification in Dermatology

The Diploma/Diploma/MSc in Clinical Dermatology course (DCD/MScCD) is a structured programme designed for doctors who wish to specialise in dermatology after gaining at least two years general medical experience.

The course is delivered by an enthusiastic team supported by a large number of eminent and internationally renowned dermatologists from the United Kingdom and abroad, giving a balanced global dermatology perspective.

A variety of teaching styles are utilised on the course ranging from traditional clinical teaching to highly interactive collaborative group teaching.

The DCD/MScCD will give a solid foundation on which to pursue further postgraduate training in dermatology. Many former students are now Consultant Dermatologists both in the public and private sector (following additional training). Some have pursued careers as General Practitioners with a special interest in dermatology (GPwSI) whilst others have opted for careers as academics within university dermatology departments.

Following successful completion of the Stage 1 examinations, Diploma students will exit the programme (and receive a Diploma certificate) while MSc students continue on to Stage 2 (dissertation). Each MSc candidate is required to write a dissertation of no more than 20,000 words consisting of a detailed literature review of a particular subject area in dermatology he/she has interest in. The benefit of writing this detailed review is that you become an expert in that area and you will also become a more efficient academic writer with highly developed writing skills. In addition, this will enhance your chance of publications. The MScCD has a Diploma exit point for those who do not wish to complete the dissertation aspect of the course.

The Diploma/Diploma/MSc in Clinical Dermatology course is a structured programme designed for doctors who wish to specialise in dermatology. The course gives firm grounding in the fundamentals of clinical and scientific dermatology. The course is suitable for overseas medical graduates in particular but is also appropriate as an additional course to contribute to any dermatology specialist training programme.

Applicants must be qualified in medicine.  For example, successful completion of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree.

Work Experience
Applicants must have at least two years general medicine experience post qualifying.


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.

- IELTS: 7.0 (with 7.0 in all sub-tests) in the British Council IELTS

- TOEFL (Internet (iBT)): An overall score of 100 (with 25 in all sub-tests)*

* Please note that Cardiff University no longer accepts results from the TOEFL paper-based or computerised exams.

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.

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