MSc Clinical Skin Integrity and Wound Management

Why choose Herts?

Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by experienced clinicians who practice within the NHS. All staff have significant wound management, skin integrity, and dermatology expertise (see key staff).

Clinical-Focused Content: Explore specialities of wound management and dermatology to develop a deeper understanding of chronic wound healing and conditions affecting skin integrity.

Clinical Connections: You will have the opportunity to network with a broad range of clinical, research, and industry skin integrity, wound care, and dermatology experts.

Professional Accreditations

The principles outlined in Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body codes of conduct are integrated throughout the MSc Clinical Skin integrity and Wound Management but there are no specific accreditation requirements for this programme in the UK. However, the General Medical Council (GMC) sets the standards and requirements for the delivery of all stages of medical education and training in the UK, and this resonates well with other Health and Social Care regulatory bodies both in the UK and overseas. The MSc Clinical Skin Integrity and Wound Management is designed to ensure graduates meet the principles of professional practice as set out in the GMC document Good Medical Practice (GMC, 2013) and the Professional Standards for Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives (NMC 2015).  Whilst not all clinicians on this programme are doctors or nurses practicing in the UK, it is essential that all keep up to date with developments in their field and maintain their professional skills and check local requirements to practice.

The MSc Clinical Skin integrity and Wound Management was successfully revalidated at a Periodic Review event in February 2016. During this curriculum review the panel commented that the teaching and learning strategies were student focused and encouraged independent learning and continuing professional development so that students would be equipped with the necessary core skills and attributes to practice competently and professionally in their practice environments. 

The review panel made the following commendations:

  1. Passion and enthusiasm of the clinical/academic staff and their very effective collaborative working arrangements
  2. The specialist knowledge, expertise and clinical credibility of all staff delivering the curriculum.
  3. Shared interactive learning experience involving engagement of students from a number of professions and from a range of different backgrounds;
  4. Innovative and interactive curriculum used to promote professional networking, multicultural learning, and personal development of students on the programme;
  5. Value placed on service user engagement to enrich student learning.
  6. The evidence of transformation in the clinical practice of a range of professional groups.

This website contains current information about the MSc Clinical Skin integrity and Wound Management following this successful curriculum review.

About the course

The MSc Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners with a special interest in skin integrity and wound management while benefiting from shared, inter-professional learning. This skin integrity programme is unique in that it recruits both UK/EU and International allied health professionals to this specialist master’s degree.

The MSc Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management is a taught postgraduate programme aimed at practitioners wanting to undertake further specialist training and develop career aspirations in skin integrity and wound management. This unique postgraduate programme combines the closely related specialties of wound management and dermatology and offers wound and skin integrity modules that appeal to healthcare professionals who want to develop a deeper understanding of chronic wound healing and conditions affecting skin integrity.

This programme has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of common wounds and skin integrity problems and allows flexibility to study related specialist content to broaden student’s clinical expertise which is invaluable in today’s competitive workplace.

Course details

The master’s course aims to:

  • develop methods of inquiry and skills required to research and advance skin integrity and wound care practice using an in-depth current and relevant evidence base.
  • provide knowledge and understanding to foster the further development of critical, contemporary, evidence based and patient centered practice in skin integrity and wound care. 
  • develop a systematic advanced knowledge and understanding of the application of specialist skin integrity practice in the context of multi-professional and inter-professional working in the contemporary healthcare setting

It has an emphasis on clinical skills as well as the scientific, evidence base underpinning contemporary skin integrity practice. At the end of the programme, students will feel confident treating and managing patients with a wide variety of wounds and associated skin conditions. 


Teaching focuses on the principles of promoting skin integrity in patients of all ages. Topics covered include: the burden of chronic wounds: diabetic foot disease,  venous disease, pressure injury, assessment and diagnostic techniques, barriers to healing; clinical, lifestyle, organisational, wound physiology, and microbiology, cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease, inflammatory skin conditions, skin/wound infections, chronic oedema, psychological impact of wounds and associated skin conditions, patient education and compliance.

Core skills for specialist practice will be developed including decision making and problem solving skills, leadership and communication skills, information retrieval, critical analysis and application of evidence based practice, audit and research methods and an ability to support and influence service improvement amongst others.


The MSc Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management consists of 6 modules (30 credits each) of 12 weeks duration covering the core skin integrity curriculum delivered using face-to-face teaching by academic staff and clinical experts.

  • The programme is offered on a modular basis, each module is assessed
  • Progression depends on successful completion of existing modules   
  • Your programme of study will comprise of 2 compulsory core modules, 2 compulsory specialist modules and 2 optional (elective) modules.

The programme is offered in full time (12 months) and part time modes (2-5 years), and leads to the award of MSc Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management, Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management, Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management and a new Postgraduate Certificate Chronic Oedema Management. 

MSc Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management (180 credits

Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management (120 credits)

Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management (60 credits)
Postgraduate Certificate Chronic Oedema Management (60 credits)

The part-time pathway is available for Home / EU practitioners which usually comprises of a programme of study that includes 30 credits per semester and is designed to be studied alongside full-time employment. Part time students usually study 2 or 3 modules per year. Full time students complete 180 credits (6 modules) in one year to graduate with an MSc Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management.

You will be required to attend timetabled teaching sessions which are arranged into study blocks usually of 2 – 3 days duration which provides flexibility for you to fit study commitments you’re your busy professional life. In addition, you will be expected to study a minimum of ten hours per week in order to successfully complete this programme.

Full attendance or online engagement is strongly encouraged, promoted through innovative timetabling and increased use of blended learning materials where appropriate but a minimum of 80% attendance is required. Attendance and engagement of students will be monitored and reported back to relevant authorities.

Key features

  • Part-time and Full-time mode of delivery
  • Flexible programme of study 
  • Choice of specialist modules 
  • Flexible delivery modes (technology enhanced learning) 
  • Range of exit options: MSc, PGD, PGC

Modular structure 

Compulsory specialist modules (30 credits each)

  • Enhancing Skin Integrity Skills
  • Health Technology and Innovation 

Optional specialist modules (30 credits each)

  • Chronic Skin Conditions
  • Mind And Skin
  • Managing Chronic Oedema
  • Advanced Chronic Oedema 

Optional modules common interest (30 credits each)

  • Clinical Practice in Action
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Core Competencies Medical Practice 
  • Work based learning

Compulsory core modules (30 credits each)

  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Health Disciplines Practice  

Why choose this course?

The MSc Clinical Skin Integrity & Wound Management is designed specifically for health professionals with at least two years of general clinical experience who have a special interest in skin integrity and wound problems.

The course is suitable for clinicians wishing to develop expertise and gain experience in skin integrity, wound management and associated skin conditions including hospital doctors, family practitioners, specialist nurses/ therapists, podiatrists and pharmacists. 

Key features  

  • Face to face classroom teaching 
  • Lectures from respected subject specialists 
  • Clinically relevant modules
  • Clinical skills teaching and a focus on practice
  • Shared, inter-professional learning
  • Excellent networking and peer support
  • Mix of home & international students providing a global perspective
  • Approachable tutors providing a high level of student support 
  • Clinically relevant assessment strategies
  • Two intakes per year: September and January 
  • Credits may be awarded for prior learning. 


Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent): MSc UK 180/ECTS 90. PG Diploma UK 120/ECTS 60.

Awarding Institution: University of Hertfordshire

Offered By: School of Life Sciences: Postgraduate Medicine

Location: College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB

Programme Duration: 1 year FT, October to the following September OR February to the following January.

Intake: October 15 places. February 15 places

Contact: Madeleine Flanagan Programme Leader email:

+44 (0) 1707 286400 (Office) +44 (0) 7736 660584 (Mobile)

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.

What will I study?

All specialist teaching is done via face-to-face lectures and is supported by the universities online learning environment. You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and key-note lectures, seminars, workshops, individual and group based tutorials incorporating for example case studies, role play, problem based learning and discussion groups covering a broad range of topics.

Each module is led by a specialist module tutor who has a particular interest in the topic being studied and teaching is supported by a large enthusiastic team of academics and specialist practitioners who are visiting lecturers contributing to this master’s programme.

The University has fully integrated computing, library and media academic support services for students and staff, delivered through StudyNet, the University’s online managed learning platform which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students have access to the facilities on all campuses and can access electronic services and resources from home or work.

Full-time students at University of Hertfordshire have full access to all the facilities the University and the Students’ Union has to offer and the campus is a 30 minute train journey away from central London and all its attractions.


All assessment processes are linked to work experience and work based learning, underpinned by evidence based practice to create assessments that add value to employers. Assessments are designed to provide both simulated and real world experience and are relevant to clinical practice.  You will be encouraged to select topics to study that reflect your clinical interests and cultural background

The programme uses a variety of different assessment methods to enable you to demonstrate knowledge, abilities and skills in diverse ways and takes account of the pressure that mature, postgraduate students experience with busy lives. Assignments include essays, service reviews, presentations, clinical audit, posters and project work. You will be expected to apply coursework to your own clinical practice environment.

Completion of a Quality Improvement Project at the end of the programme provides opportunity to learn more about quality improvement methodology such as data collection, problem definition and diagnosis, generation and selection of potential changes and implementation and evaluation of those changes with support from specialist supervisors. Many students go onto implement their specific project, making changes in skin integrity practice, leading teams, and enhancing patient care.

Further details 

Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor, Madeleine Flanagan, (Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00hrs), +44 (0)7736 660584.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Clinical Practice in Action 30 Credits Optional
    Work Based Learning 30 Credits Optional
    Leadership in Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Core Competencies in Medical Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Health Disciplines Project 30 Credits Optional
    Evidence Based Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Chronic Skin Conditions 30 Credits Optional
    Mind and Skin 30 Credits Optional
    Health Technology and Innovation 30 Credits Optional
    Enhancing Skin Integrity Skills 30 Credits Optional
    Diabetic Foot Management 30 Credits Optional
    Managing Chronic Oedema 30 Credits Optional
    Advanced Chronic Oedema 30 Credits Optional
    Evidence Based Practice 30 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
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    Programme specifications
    MSc Clinical Skin Integrity and Wound Management Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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