Taught course

Diagnostic Dermatopathology

King's College London · Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine

Entry requirements

General entry advice: Medical degree from a recognised University. MRCP/MRCPath (or equivalent if applicable in country of origin) and Certificate of completion of Anatomic Pathology or Dermatology training or equivalent (if applicable in Country of origin) or three full years of training in Dermatology or Histopathology during which a definite interest in dermatopathology has been pursued (i.e. publications/conference presentations in dermatopathology etc.) Appropriate English Language requirements. Please see our online prospectus for more information on these requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc programme in Diagnostic Dermatopathology represents the first postgraduate programme of its kind in the UK and in Europe with the aim of providing clinicians with skills in research and evidence-based diagnostic dermatopathology necessary to assess and deliver high quality practice, and service delivery of dermatopathology.

  • The programme is the first of its kind with training conducted by dermatopathologists Dr Eduardo Calonje, Dr Alistair Robson and Dr Catherine M. Stefanato who are leaders in the field of dermatopathology with extensive experience in teaching and lecturing in UK and abroad.

  • The programme is delivered through the Department of Dermatopathology within the St John's Institute of Dermatology which runs the UK’s largest skin pathology centre. The Department is a major referral centre for both general and specialist dermatopathology with more than 14,000 cases and 23,000 immunohistochemistry specimens per year processed in the laboratory and reviewed by specialist consultant dermatopathologists. The laboratory also provides support for the Mohs micrographic surgery unit.

  • Students will benefit from teaching and research facilities including the dermatopathology laboratory, one of the five highly specialised laboratory services within the St John's Institute, dedicated to the diagnosis and management of skin diseases. All laboratories are part of the GSTS Pathology, the largest and most specialised laboratory of its kind in the UK.

  • The laboratory's privileged location permits close interaction with other laboratories and clinical dermatologists, allowing effective clinicopathological correlation.

  • Students will have direct access to equipment such as multiheaded microscopes, an immunofluorescence microscope with imaging computer, immunohistochemistry lab and online learning facilities.

Please see our online prospectus for more programme details.

Fees and funding

Self- funded, candidates own governments or hospitals, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Education Coordinator