• Distance Learning
  • Part Time

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 Barts Health.

This distance learning programme covers core aspects of dermatology over a one-year period, with particular emphasis on the diagnosis and management of skin disease from a primary care perspective. There are two separate but linked programmes; one for UK-based General Practitioners, and one for doctors outside the UK. Successful completion of either programme leads to 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 formative quiz. This course is quotable in Hong Kong.

Key features: UK Programme

  • Six Clinical Days comprising lectures and  live clinical cases, throughout the course of a year.
  • 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: International Programme

  • This programme can be studied anywhere - no travel to the UK is required.
  • Regular small group tutorials, with live interaction
  • A discussion forum that allows you to discuss cases and topics at your convenience.
  • Weekly audiovisual material to demonstrate cases and good practice.


Programme Overview

Why study the programme 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 Barts Health 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.

Who should apply?

UK course: UK-based General Practitioners wishing to gain experience in dermatology. Full registration with the GMC is essential. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years and have indefinite leave to remain.

Overseas course: doctors outside the UK, wishing to gain experience in dermatology. It is also open for applications from UK-based doctors unsuitable for the other programme.

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 our English 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.


The course is designed to provide doctors with a better understanding of core clinical dermatology. For some this has provided a helpful ‘CV Boost’ to gain entry to a dermatology training programme and alternatively, after appropriate further training, some of our former students have become GPs with a specialist interest in dermatology (GPwSI)*.

*Disclaimer: this programme is designed and intended for educational purposes only. Completion of the course and possession of the Diploma does not endorse the practitioner to consider themselves a specialist in dermatology. The current British Association of Dermatologists guidelines outline the essential requirements for fulfilling the role of GPwSI in Dermatology. Local guidelines apply to overseas students who should consult with the relevant governing body.


Learning and Teaching

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

For both pathways there are five teaching modules of six weeks in duration covering core dermatological curriculum as well as a sixth module covering cutaneous neoplasms, taught throughout the academic year. Each of these modules has been devised by one or more ‘module tutors’ with a particular interest in the topic being studied. The modules they have created all 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.

Programme Structure

Core Modules

                There are a total of 120 credits available for the Diploma.

                Module 1: credit value: 15

  • How to Recognise and Investigate Skin Disease
  • How to Manage Skin Disease
  • Common Skin Infections
  • Red and Spotty Faces
  • Itchy Skin and Eczema
  • Allergies at Home and at Work

                Module 2: credit value: 15

  • Harmless Lumps and Bumps
  • Pigmented Lesions - the good and the bad
  •  Special problems in Children
  • Drug Reactions
  • Healing Wounds
  • Surgical Solutions and Treatments

                Module 3: credit value: 15

  • Psoriasis
  • Blistering Disorders
  • Lichen Planus and Lichenoid Reactions
  • Vasculitis and Vascular Disease
  • Skin and Systemic Disease
  • Connective Tissue Diseases

                Module 4: credit value: 15

  • Rashes in Creases
  • Hair too much and too little
  • Body Parts connected to skin: Oral, Ocular and Aural
  • Genital Dermatology
  • Diseases of the nail
  • Skin Problems in Different Skin Types

                Module 5: credit value: 15

  • Urticaria
  • The Psyche and the Skin
  • Sunshine and Skin
  • Uncommon Infections
  • Cosmetic Dermatology and Non-Invasive Treatments

Module 6: credit value: 45           

  • Cancerous lumps and bumps
  • Dermoscopy techniques
  • Histology and disease pathways
  • familial cancer syndromes presenting in the skin
  • rare  primary skin tumours
  • skin malignancies in organ transplant recipients

Further information

Find out more about this course, including information on the UK and International Programmes at www.londondermatology.org.

What our Students Say

"Hard work but would thoroughly recommend this diploma! As a GP I now feel confident diagnosing and managing the majority of skin conditions and know when to refer to secondary care. You are taught by enthusiastic, highly experienced dermatologists via a mixture of online videos, audios and text. This allows for great flexibility managing work, studying and personal life. Any queries are dealt with promptly by the helpful course administrators.

The clinical days are fun and a great opportunity to meet up with people on the course who have now become firm friends. The diploma has given me a strong foundation to further develop my special interest in dermatology."

Dr Saila Chatakondu, 2015

 "This is a valuable, enjoyable and interactive course with supportive teachers. I have no hesitation in recommending it!"

Dr Evanthia Frangos

 "I find the course interesting and it has definitely improved my knowledge in Dermatology immensely. It is hard work but definitely worth the effort! All the staff involved are enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable."

Dr Buong Chieng

I owe to you a huge "thank you" after my experience of attending the Postgraduate Course in Clinical Dermatology at Queen Mary, University of London. The content of the Course was very broad and rich, the teachers are highly skilled doctors, and the clinical days were very interactive, with an outstanding selection of cases, aiming to cover the main areas of Dermatology. Additionally, your management was very attentive and considerate all the time, and I was very grateful when accepted for the course.
I strongly recommend this Course to any doctor who is interested in gain knowledge in the fields of Dermatology, going deeper into the excellent material that is offered, including the best recent articles in each subject, great summaries, lectures and videos, in the main areas of Dermatology. It has helped me to think about wonderful solutions to a few cases of skin diseases.
I am dedicating this testimonial to you as a token of my gratitude, and I am very pleased to have this opportunity to recommend this Course to other "lucky" doctors like me.

Flavia Aslanian

I found the Diploma in Clinical Dermatology to be an enjoyable and informative course run by an enthusiastic and helpful team. The learning was flexible with weekly online modules and fun clinical days that were very interesting, seeing skin conditions I had never seen before, despite over 20 years in medicine. Most importantly, I found passing my Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology has improved my clinical skills and enabled me to expand my career by becoming a GPSI in Dermatology.

Dr Fiona Emerson

A fun course to learn more about Dermatology. It certainly gives you confidence to deal with cases better. Well planned programme with best lecturers and good team of course organisers.

Dr Kayvan Bidad

Wonderful 9 months. extremely relevant to primary care., teachers are excellent, clinical days are the best.

Dr Raed Masoud