MSc in Dermatology 2009
Course Information


The MSc in Dermatology course is a full-time partially taught programme designed for individuals who are qualified in medicine and who wish to specialise in dermatology. Applicants are required to produce evidence of their qualifications and general suitability. The course is suitable for both international and British medical graduates.


1. The candidate must be qualified in medicine and have had at least two years general medical experience.


2. All candidates who have passed the Diploma in Clinical Dermatology will be allowed to progress to the MSc course.

3. Current regulations require that the Diploma in Clinical Dermatology has been awarded within the three calendar years immediately proceeding starting the MSc course.


The MSc course is designed for individuals who have recently successfully completed the Diploma in Clinical Dermatology course at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University. The final part of the course is of three months duration commencing at the beginning of July. The course consists of a dissertation element as detailed below:


The dissertation consists of a detailed review of a subject area. The dissertation element will comprise of a thesis no longer than 20,000 words. The topic for the thesis will be discussed with the candidates near the start of the course. The Department will try to make these topics as relevant to the students' background and career aims as possible. The thesis will describe the background of the topic with appropriate scholarship.

A short 'Research Planning Module' will be included in which students will be required to design a short study based on their review of the literature. The student WILL NOT be required to carry out the study only to design and describe it.

In addition to this, MSc students actively participate in all major departmental meetings and all local and regional dermatology society activities held at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University. MSc students are also encouraged to attend the weekly Grand Rounds of the University Hospital of Wales.


There is a Viva Voce Examination on the dissertation following its submission and marking. This is usually held in November.

The MSc in Clinical Dermatology is awarded to those candidates who have reached a satisfactory standard in both the dissertation and the formal Viva Voce Examination.

A distinction may be awarded, at the examiners' discretion, to candidates who have achieved a high level of performance in both the formal examination and the dissertation.


The 2007-2008 fees are 13,000 (UK pounds sterling) for the Diploma in Clinical Dermatology and an additional 5500 for the MSc in Clinical Dermatology.  The course fees may increase slightly each year.  Candidates are required to pay a non-returnable deposit (subject to the discretion of the College Authorities) of 1,500 (UK pounds sterling), payable immediately on acceptance of a place offered; the balance being payable at the start of the course.  Places on the course cannot be secured until deposits are received.  The same fees are payable by all students, whatever their place of residence.  The Diploma and MSc can only be awarded if all fees relating to the course and examination have been paid in full, prior to the examination.


If you would like to make an application for the DCD/MSc course and are happy that you fulfil the requirements, there are a number of ways you can proceed. Please look at the options for making an application for the DCD/MSc course.

For an application pack or further information please contact;

Miss Nicola McDermott
Postgraduate Courses Co-ordinator
Department of Dermatology
Cardiff University
3rd Floor Welsh Institute of Dermatology
Heath Park
Cardiff. CF14 4XN
Wales, U.K.

Tel: 029 2074 6405 (International +44 29 2074 6405)
Fax: 029 2074 4312 (International +44 29 2074 4312)

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