Clinical Dermatology

Postgraduate Diploma ( 1 year Part-time Distance Learning )


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 Diploma in Clinical Dermatology from the 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 revision lectures
  • Small group consultant-led teaching on dermatological patients
  • Weekly web-based teaching material.
  • Weekly audiovisual material to demonstrate 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 - no travel to the UK is required.
  • 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 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.


PGDip in Clinical Dermatology is available to study part-time over one year.

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) or live interactive tutorials (Overseas)


The course is part-time and is suitable for study alongside a full-time job. You would be expected to study approximately ten 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. You will be able to follow each lecture online via audio recordings and slide/whiteboard content. All written assignments are submitted through the blackboard system and poster and oral presentations assessed through SKYPE/webcam system. You are encouraged to interact with teaching staff and other students in online discussion forums, join group activities and be part of the student community.

UK programme

Full module information is available from

International programme

Full module information is available

Further information

Find out more about this course at


Dr Louise Russell

Phone: +44 20 7882 2336

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements for the course are MB BS or basic medical degree from universities recognised by the University of London. Prior experience in dermatology is desirable but not essential. An IELTS score of 6.5 or more is required for International students.

Access to a computer with 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. 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 ourEnglish language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, 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, guided reading exercises, online seminars / tutorials, clinical case presentations and analysis utilising the principles of evidence-based medicine, demonstration videos if applicable.

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.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, 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. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


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 Neoplasms 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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