Taught course

Clinical Dermatology

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Blizard Institute

Entry requirements

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 Internet connection is essential for undertaking the course.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    9 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Blizard Institute