Clinical Dermatology

Postgraduate Diploma ( 1 year Part-time Online Learning )


Application deadline for 2019 entry: Friday 16 September 2019

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology is organised by the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research in the Blizard Institute, and the Department of Dermatology BartsHealth. This distance learning programme covers core aspects of dermatology over the course of one academic year, with particular emphasis on the diagnosis and management of skin disease from a primary care perspective.

There are two separate but linked programmes; The UK programme is for UK based, fully GMC registered General Practitioners that are able to attend at least 4 onsite clinical days. The Overseas programme course is for doctors outside the UK or for UK based doctors unable to attend the clinical days. The course material across the 2 versions of the programme is identical and successful completion of either programme leads to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology from Queen Mary University of London.

The weekly teaching sessions are given by experts in the field and comprise written and audiovisual material with a summative quiz.

This course is Accredited with the Royal College of General Practitioners, Quotable in Hong Kong, Displayable in Singapore (upon application to the SMC), 20 Certified Self-Learning Mainpro+™ credits (College of Family Physicians of Canada)

Key features: UK programme

  • Five on site Clinical Days comprising lectures and live clinical cases, throughout the course of a year
  • One on site revision day comprising of revision lectures
  • Small group consultant-led teaching with dermatological patients
  • Weekly web-based teaching material.
  • Weekly audiovisual material to demonstrate clinical cases and good practice.
  • A discussion forum that allows you to discuss cases and topics at your convenience.


Key features: Overseas programme

  • This programme can be studied anywhere worldwide - no travel to the UK is required.
  • Final written exam is arranged at a British Council offfice or similar in the country of your choice
  • Regular, interactive, live, small group tutorials.
  • Weekly web-based teaching material
  • A discussion forum that allows you to discuss cases and topics at your convenience.
  • Weekly audiovisual material to demonstrate patientt cases and good practice.

Why study your PGDip in Clinical Dermatology at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

  • The Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research is one of the largest cutaneous research centres in Europe.
  • The Dermatology Department at  BartsHealth is a busy centre and offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. There are 12 consultant dermatologists in the department and a full range of specialist services is offered.
  • There are close links with other dermatology departments in the region, in particular Whipps Cross University Hospital. There is a large enthusiastic team of consultant dermatologists, many of whom are tutors on this diploma course.


Distance learning students will have access to the college online library facilities. This gives access to a large number of relevant journals. Students will have access to other academic literature and journals in the same way as on-site students.


The Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology is available to study part-time over one academic year. The 2019 course commences on 20th September 2019 and ends with a final, 4 hour written examination on 21 May 2020.

There are 6 modules spanning 2 semesters covering the core dermatological curriculum. Each of these modules have been devised by one or more ‘module tutors’ with a particular interest in the topic being studied. The modules consist of written, video and audio material.

Teaching is by a blended package of distance-learning and clinical study days (UK version of the course) or live, interactive, online tutorials (Overseas version of the course).

Part-time study

The course is part-time and is suitable for study alongside a full-time job. You would be expected to study approximately twelve hours per week in order to successfully complete this course.

Distance learning

This programme is available to study by distance learning, delivered online by our easy-to-use online virtual learning environment - QMplus. Each week you are provided with written text, audiovisual material/supplementary reading and an online summitive quiz. There is one 1,500 word written report based on Cutaneous Neoplasia which is also submitted online, through QMplus.

You are encouraged to interact with your fellow studnets and to feel part of the student community via the Student Cafe on QMplus. The Student Cafe is a place where you can all introduce yourselves, discuss hte course, intersting cases you may have encountered at work etc.

UK programme

Students on the UK version of the course are required to be fully registered with the GMC and able to commit to attend at least 4 out of 6 onsite clinical days. Clinical days are all based here at the Royal London Hospital in London E1 and run from 10am to 4pm. Student on the UK course will enjoy lectures in the morning and see dermatoloical patient cases in the afternoon, in small group consultant led teaching.  

If you are not fully GMC registered and/or you are not able to commit to at least 4 of the clinical days the you will be able to join us on the overseas version of the course.


Overseas programme

The overseas version of the course is open to all students based anywhere in the world. Minimum entry requirement is MBBS and GMC registration is not required. The course content is identical to the UK version of the course and the award is also identical. Travel to the UK is not required and the final exam will be organised in a country/location convient to you.


For further information please contact Dr Louise Russell, Education Administrator, Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology


Entry requirements

Application deadlines

UK places are capped at just 55 due to the clinical days. For this reason the UK course is generaly full by late April and so early application is strongly recommended.

The UK version of the course is open to students that are fully registered with the GMC and able to commit to attend at least 4 out of 6 onsite clinical days here at the Royal London Hospital. If you are not fully GMC registered, if you are not able to attend at least 4 out of 6 clinical days, if you apply too late to claim one of the 55 UK places or if you are based overseas, then you will be best placed on the Overseas version of the course.

Application deadline for both courses is 31st August 2019 (please see above re limited places on UK course).


Minimum entry requirement

Qualification requirements for the course are MBBS or basic medical degree from universities recognised by the University of London. Prior experience in dermatology is desirable but not essential.

Access to a computer with good Internet connection is essential for undertaking the course.


International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary University of London. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

For the Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology, a current (less than 2 years old) Academic IELTS score of 6.5 or more is required, with a minimum of 6 in the written element. If you do not hold a current IELTS then we may be able to accept your application if your medical degree was both taught and examined in Enlgish in the past 5 years. You would need to obtain an official document from your univerity stating this and upload it with your online applicaiton. The Admissions department willbe able to view each application on an individual basis so lease ensure that you upload any relevent evidence with your application.  


Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary University of London, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

The distance learning course will be delivered using a variety of methods including: online lectures, podcasts, lecture notes and documentary reading material, online seminars / tutorials, clinical case presentations and analysis utilising the principles of evidence-based medicine and demonstration videos.

Independent Study

Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

We expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area.


Assessment is via weekly online multiple choice quiz-style questions, based on that weeks taught material, a 1,500 word written report relating to the Cutaneous Neoplasia module and a final four-hour written examination.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £6,107

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £10,920

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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