Dermatology Skills and Treatment MSc

About the course

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The MSc Dermatology Skills & Treatment is a taught, masters programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in clinical dermatology.

It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of common chronic skin diseases to reflect current trends in clinical dermatology.

This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.

This course focuses on clinical skills and has a practical emphasis. Students have the advantage of having lectures and clinics led by dermatology experts and being taught in a variety of dermatology clinics.

Students will attend small group seminars and tutorials and have the additional support of a personal tutor. This course has a wide choice of modules and there is also an opportunity to attend short courses and conferences offered by the department.

Course Content 

Clinical lectures focus on the principles of dermatology practice. The programme has an emphasis on the following subspecialties: Inflammatory skin conditions; Skin cancer; Genetic skin disease; Dermatopathology; Hair and nail disorders; Contact dermatitis; Psychodermatology; Genital skin disease; Chronic wounds; Immunodermatology; Photodermatology; Paediatric Dermatology; Research Methods in dermatology; Evidence based practice.

Examples of clinical skills included during the programme are:

Examples of clinical skills included during the programme are: consultation skills: history taking and skin examination; Psychological Assessment; How to investigate skin conditions; Recognition & diagnosis of skin lesions; Application of emollients, topical steroids, and other treatments for chronic skin conditions; Patch and prick testing; Phototherapy / PDT; Minor Skin Surgery Skills1

Participants must be GMC registered and have access to patients requiring skin surgery

Course Structure  

The MSc Dermatology Skills & Treatment comprises of 6 taught modules (30 credits each) of 12 weeks duration.   

Successful completion of the programme leads to award of an MSc Dermatology Skills and Treatment. Achievement of a Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology Skills and Treatment is possible for those who are unable to complete the final dissertation project.

A minimum of 2 specialist optional modules (60 credits) must be studied plus 2  compulsory core modules (60 credits). The remaining credits may be selected from optional modules of common interest.

Full Time Programme

  • Semester A (Oct - Jan): Therapeutics Skin Conditions; Evidence Based Practice
  • Semester B (Jan - May): Chronic Skin Diseases; Mind & the Skin
  • Semester C (June - Sept): Clinical Practice in Action; Health Disciplines Project

Note: It cannot be guaranteed that all modules/short courses offered in any particular academic year. If a module is not available a suitable alternative will be provided.

Modular Structure  

Optional specialist modules (30 credits each)

  • Therapeutics Skin Conditions  (Oct – January)
  • Chronic Skin Diseases  (Oct – January)
  • Mind and the Skin  (February – April) 
  • Recognition & Management of Skin Lesions(Oct – January)
  • Skin Surgery Skills(September – February)

Optional modules common interest (30 credits each)

  • Business Skills for Clinicians (Oct – January)
  • Clinical Practice in Action2 (Oct – January 2014, February – May)
  • Consolidating Specialist Practice (June – September)
  • Leadership in Practice (February – May)
  • Heath & Medical Education in the Workplace

Compulsory core modules (30 credits each)

  • Evidence Based Practice (Oct – January, February – May)
  • Health Disciplines Project (Oct – January, February – May, June – September)

Additional short courses

  • Photo Dynamic Therapy
  • Genital Dermatology
  • Chronic Wound Management

Participants must be GMC registered and have access to patients with skin lesions requiring skin surgery     

2 A practice placement fee of £500 is required in addition to the standard course fee

Why choose this course?

The Dermatology Skills and Treatment course has excellent networking and peer support opportunities and receives constant positive feedback from students.

Study Routes

·         Full Time or Part Time (Home / EU students only).

·         Duration of the Full Time programme is 1 year.  Duration of the Part Time programme is up to a maximum of 5 years.

Summary

Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent):

·         MSc UK 180/ECTS 90.           

·         PG Diploma UK 120/ECTS 60

·         PG Cert UK 60/ECTS 30

Awarding Institution: University of Hertfordshire

Offered by: School of Life and Medical Sciences: Postgraduate Medicine

Programme Duration: 1 year FT. Up to 5 years maximum for PT students (Home / EU students only).

Intake: October 30 places. February 30 places

Fees: go.herts.ac.uk/fees

Contact: Madeleine Flanagan Programme Leader

0044 (0) 1707 286400 (Office)

0044 (0) 7736 660584 (Mobile)

m.flanagan@herts.ac.uk

Entry requirements...

Applicants will normally have :

  • Completed a relevant university degree & have a recognised professional qualification
  • 2 years general post qualifying clinical experience (excluding internship) and additionally 1 year in a substantive speciality post in clinical dermatology
  • Current clinical experience of a minimum of 1 year in a clinical setting with access to patients with chronic skin conditions
  • References will be required to confirm specialist dermatology experience
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. A minimum IELTS 6.5 is required with no less than 6.0 in each band.

Aesthetic practitioners will need to demonstrate experience of chronic skin disease management

 Applicants will be required to provide a concise summary of their dermatology experience and complete a short case review

 Applications will not be considered unless all of this information is provided.

You may contact the Programme Leader when applying.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Study routes

  • Full Time, 1 Years
  • Part Time, 5 Years

Locations

  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Careers

Careers

This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing health professionals. It is an MSc programme, but UK clinicians can choose to study specific modules relevant to their professional practice as short courses.

International students should note that completion of this course does not lead to registration to practice in the UK or endorse clinicians to consider themselves a specialist in dermatology in the UK. This programme may be sufficient for practitioners to work as a specialist dermatologist in their country of origin, local requirements should be checked prior to commencing the programme. 

The British Association of Dermatologists guidelines outline current requirements for training and careers for dermatologists in the UK.

Further information about UK postgraduate training in dermatology is available at the British Medical Journal website: http://careers.bmj.com/careers/advice/view-article.html?id=20001048

The School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire fully endorses these guidelines.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Supervised practice placements in specialist dermatology settings, skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching.

These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week.  The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Work Placement

Clinical placement

Professional Accreditations

This course does not lead to admission to the specialist register of dermatologists in the UK. International students should note that this course does not lead to registration to practice in the UK.

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

Optional

  • Business Skills for Clinicians

    Specialist practitioners spend a considerable amount of time developing and managing clinical services. This module is designed for health professionals who want an introduction to business planning, marketing and project management skills. It will allow them to consider the impact that the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry has on clinical practice and contemporary healthcare delivery and will help develop business awareness in the context of healthcare. No prior academic knowledge of the subject is assumed.

  • Chronic Skin Conditions

    This module enables health professionals to develop enhanced knowledge and practical skills to improve the quality of clinical care for people with chronic skin disorders. It is suitable for Practitioners with a Special Interest in dermatology (PwSI) who want to consolidate their diagnostic skills and examine the best available evidence to support treatment of commonly occurring chronic dermatological conditions for example eczema, psoriasis. This course focuses on managing the delivery of appropriate dermatology care in the primary and secondary care setting and promoting health and self help for patients with skin conditions.

  • Clinical Practice in Action

    The module is designed to introduce medical practitioners from overseas to the UK context of health care. The module will allow this exposure during observational clinical placements and will provide support in the development of student s skills in reflective practice in order to enhance learning from the placements. Students will be encouraged through the use of a learning log to explore key factors in the decision making process in the management of patients. The module will also explore the principles team and inter professional working and their application in effective medical practice. The module will be delivered through lectures, group work, seminars and will include six days of observational medical placement in a local healthcare setting

  • Consolidating Specialist Practice

    This module is intended for experienced practitioners in positions of responsibility and will consider practice development from broad professional and international perspectives. The aim is to enable healthcare professionals to develop and promote their role as specialist practitioners using evidence-based knowledge, organisational, managerial and educational skills. It also aims to enhance the specialist practitioner's role in leading & clinically directing the professional health team in order to facilitate implementation of best practice. It is hoped that this course will ultimately support a range of international practice development initiatives that will raise awareness of specialist practice in the students chosen field.

  • Enhanced Skin Integrity Skills

    This module is usually delivered at an international conference using the University Conference Model using key plenary sessions from the scientific programme supplemented by a combination of lectures / discussions and blended learning using the internet to enable health professionals to critically appraise factors contributing to maintenance of skin integrity. It enables health professionals to consolidate and further develop specialist skills in the arena of professional, contemporary skin and wound management practice and will consider practice development from an international perspective. It will enable healthcare professionals to analyse concepts of advanced practice in relation to their own clinical setting. This module supports a range of international practice development initiatives that will raise awareness of the importance of maintaining skin integrity in vulnerable patients.

  • Evidence Based Practice

    Students will be given the opportunity to conduct systematic searches of on-line databases, internet and other sources of information; appraise the evidence base of health and social care practice and intervention; apply and critically explore, through discussion and debate, the contextual factors which influence application of evidence to practice.

  • Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning

    Students will construct a research question and search strategy, conduct systematic searches of on-line databases, internet and other sources of information; appraise the evidence base of health and social care practice and interventions through the use of a range of tools; apply and critically explore, through discussion and debate, the contextual factors which influence application of evidence to practice.

  • Evidence Based Practice - Classroom Based

    Students will construct a research question and search strategy, conduct systematic searches of on-line databases, internet and other sources of information; appraise the evidence base of health and social care practice and interventions through the use of a range of tools; apply and critically explore, through discussion and debate, the contextual factors which influence application of evidence to practice.

  • Evidence-Based Practice - Blended Learning

    Students will construct a research question and search strategy, conduct systematic searches of on-line databases, internet and other sources of information; appraise the evidence base of health and social care practice and intervention; apply and critically explore, through discussion and debate, the contextual factors which influence application of evidence to practice.

  • Expert Witness

    This module will prepare students to become expert witnesses within their professional fields. The module provides opportunities to participate in related activities within a court setting and will be taught by appropriately qualified personnel from within the field of law. Students will be supported through their learning using experiential techniques within a court room setting

  • Health and Medical Education in the Workplace

    Students will develop their understanding of the nature and process of learning through examination of some of the major theories of learning and related concepts. They will draw upon this understanding to analyse experiences in a workplace context, examining the interrelationship between forms of learning and individual and contextual factors in a given setting. Key concepts and theories examined will include competence-based education and training, experiential learning, informal learning, action learning, cognitive apprenticeship, constructivism, situated learning. Students will develop their understanding of how learning may be supported through a variety of approaches and in a range of contexts. Supporting professional and work-related learning through approaches such as training, tutoring, coaching, mentoring and work shadowing will be examined, and appropriate methods for evaluating these approaches considered. Professional and work-related learning at different levels and in a range of contexts will be explored, including peer learning, workplace training, team leadership, performance management.

  • Healthcare Disciplines Project

    The module is designed to enable students to engage in independent study and apply further skills to undertake a substantial project which will be of value to the student's area of work. The project will be an evaluation of an issue related to their professional discipline which will require the student to evaluate critically the relevant literature and conduct a systematic investigation into a practice or professional issue developing new insights and perspectives related to the topic of choice.

  • Healthcare Disciplines Project

    The module is designed to enable students to engage in independent study and apply further skills to undertake a comprehensive investigation which will be of value to the student's area of work. The project will be an analysis of an issue related to their professional discipline which will require the student to explore critically the relevant literature and conduct a systematic investigation into a practice or professional issue developing new insights and perspectives related to the topic of choice. Students may use a current or prospective approach.

  • Immunology in Health and Illness

    This 30 credit module, in which all lectures are delivered entirely over the internet, introduces the student to the ways in which the immune system affects all aspects of health, ill health and healing. An introduction to the fundamentals of the human immune system is followed by the ways in which the immune system affects the individual throughout the life span, in health and ill health. Students will then discover how a use of this knowledge will enable them to improve the care of their patients or clients, by understanding what is happening at an immunological level. Students will also be required to contribute to the on-line discussions, as well as lead one of them.

  • Leadership in Practice

    This course will enable the student to understand the multi-faceted nature of leadership. It will encourage the practitioner to recognise their approach to leadership, how leadership is undertaken within their work setting and the multiple factors that shape prevailing leadership styles and the impact of this on colleagues, team working and for clients. Within the course, particular attention will be given to the practitioner as leader within contemporary organisations. This course will equip the practitioner to recognise and develop their leadership potential so that they can develop new insights new ways of working and promote change and sustained development within their work setting.

  • Non Medical Prescribing (AHP)

    This Level M Module is designed to provide Allied Health Professionals with the critical knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to become safe, effective and competent supplementary prescribers and to develop effective partnership working. The content will include; * Systematic approaches to assessment and diagnosis. * Evidence based management strategies including non-pharmacological interventions. * Partnership approaches to the use of the clinical management plan. * Influences on prescribing. * Drug actions relevant to area of clinical expertise. * Licensing and monitoring of medications including mechanisms for the reporting of adverse reactions. * Critical examination of the legal, ethical and professional issues associated with supplementary prescribing. This module involves shared learning with nurse and pharmacist prescribing students.

  • Non Medical Prescribing (Nurses)

    This level 3 module is designed to enable nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to undertake safe, effective and cost-effective prescribing practice in partnership with patients, carers and members of the multi-disciplinary prescribing team. Students will develop an understanding of systematic approaches to assessment and diagnosis, drug actions and the use of evidence based information sources to guide the selection of the appropriate pharmacological produce. The legal, professional and ethical issues involved in prescribing practice will be critically explored to ensure that practitioners work at all times within the framework ensuring professional accountability in practice. This module involves a blended learning approach incorporating the University's managed learning environment, StudyNet. Inter-professional learning occurs with prescribing students from the Allied Health Professions and pharmacist prescribing students.

  • Non Medical Prescribing (Nurses)

    This Level M Module is designed to enable nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to demonstrate a critical, evidence-based approach to safe, effective and cost-effective prescribing practice in partnership with patients, carers and members of the multi-disciplinary prescribing team. Students will be facilitated in the critical review and analysis of systematic approaches to assessment and diagnosis, drug actions and the use of evidence based sources to guide the selection of the appropriate pharmacological product. The legal, professional and ethical issues involved in prescribing practice will be analysed critically to ensure that practitioners demonstrate their professional accountability in practice at all times and promote accountable practice in team members. The module involves a blended learning approach incorporating the University's managed learning environment, StudyNet. Inter-professional learning occurs with prescribing students from the Allied Health Professions and pharmacist prescribing students.

  • Recognition & Management of Skin Lesions

    This module is a compulsory specialist course for the MSc in Dermatology Skills and Treatment. It enables health professionals to develop and consolidate skills in recognition and management of a variety of skin lesions and associated conditions and is suitable for medical and non-medical practitioners from a range of specialties including dermatology, tissue viability, accident and emergency and primary care. Practical skills workshops are run by experienced tutors to provide learner-centred teaching. Proficiency is developed during a period of supervised clinical practice and competency assessed using an observed simulated clinical examination (OSCE).

  • Skin Integrity and Tissue Repair

    This applied physiology module uses a combination of lectures / discussions and blended learning using the internet to enable health professionals to critically appraise factors contributing to maintenance of skin integrity. Detailed study of these topics gives practitioners a deeper understanding of the mechanisms involved in tissue repair and preservation of skin integrity so that they can apply this knowledge to influence clinical practice. The dynamic and multi-factorial nature of physiological influences on skin integrity will be emphasised as will the limitations of adequate scientific evidence to support this specialist area. Natural science approaches will be explored including analysis, interpretation, presentation and reporting of quantitative data.

  • Skin Surgery Skills

    This module is a compulsory specialist course for the MSc Dermatology Skills & Treatment. It enables health professionals to develop and consolidate skills in minor skin surgery and is suitable for non medical practitioners from a range of specialties including dermatology, primary care, tissue viability and accident and emergency. Initial training is performed on simulated tissue models and practical skills workshops are run by experienced tutors to provide learner-centred teaching. Proficiency is developed during a period of supervised clinical practice and competency assessed using Direct Observational Procedure (DOPS) and 360 degree appraisals as recommended by the British Association of Dermatologists.

  • Skin Surgery Skills

    This module is a compulsory specialist course for the MSc in Dermatology Skills and Treatment. It enables health professionals to develop and consolidate skills in minor skin surgery and is suitable for medical and non medical practitioners from a range of specialties including dermatology, primary care, tissue viability and accident and emergency. Initial training is performed on simulated tissue models and practical skills workshops are run by experienced tutors to provide learner-centred teaching. Proficiency is developed during a period of supervised clinical practice and competency assessed using Direct Observational Procedure (DOPS) and 360 degree appraisals as recommended by the British Association of Dermatologists.

  • The Mind and the Skin

    This module will consider the link between mental health and well being and skin disease. In this context it will evaluate a range of therapeutic approaches currently used to provide support for the mental well being of patients with skin diseases in a patient-centred holistic way. It will provide students with the opportunity to examine how interpersonal skills are used to promote therapeutic communication with individuals with skin disease. To achieve the intended learning outcomes, students will study: - The importance of assessing the psychological needs of individual patients - A range of therapeutic approaches to support the particular needs of this group of patients. - The impact of interpersonal skills and engagement on therapeutic interventions with patients with skin disease, identification of individual service user needs and the role of carers and multidisciplinary team working. - Students will be encouraged to reflect on their advanced communication skills and awareness of the care environment and its effects on the development of therapeutic patient relationships. - A clear understanding of when specialist referral is required.

  • Therapeutics of Skin Conditions

    This module provides relevant, up-to-date knowledge and develops practice skills necessary for caring for patients with dermatological disease. Successful completion will prepare individuals to initiate and / or contribute to dermatology services in your area. It provides management guidance for Practitioners with a Special Interest (PwSIs) and independent prescribers for common skin conditions as well as specialist pharmaceutical knowledge of the systemic and topical drug and non-drug interventions used to treat skin disease and wounds. It will focus on patient empowerment so individuals can learn how to self manage their skin conditions by maximising effective use of prescribed and non-prescribed treatments.

  • Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice

    The provision of healthcare in contemporary practice demands that health care professionals engage in continuing professional development and lifelong learning. These needs have been identified within the political agenda for health care, not only to meet professional body requirements but also to meet the agenda for continuous quality improvement within the NHS. This module will enable students to engage in continuing professional development that is of particular interest to them. It will also facilitate an understanding of current best practice and strategies for continued enhancement of this aspect of practice within their organisation.

Fees & funding

Fees 2015

UK/EU Students

Full time: £5,750 for the 2015 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged on a modular basis. The cost is £480 for each 15-credit module

International Students

Full time: £12,000 for the 2015 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2015

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Full Time)
21/01/201621/09/2016Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201525/09/2016Apply online (Part Time)
21/01/201621/09/2016Apply online (Part Time)

2016

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28/09/201625/09/2017Apply online (Full Time)
21/01/201721/09/2017Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201625/09/2017Apply online (Part Time)
21/01/201721/09/2017Apply online (Part Time)