Clinical Dermatology




Full Time

| Admissions status: Closed
Clinical Dermatology is a taught programme for medical graduates wishing to specialise in dermatology. Students will gain clinical skills and knowledge of the scientific basis of clinical dermatology. They will develop practical training in laboratory sciences relevant to skin disease. The programme also includes a critical evaluation of dermatological literature on a specialist subject.

  • The programme is highly practical with regular laboratory sessions, and the timetable includes teaching in a variety of clinics.
  • Tailor made for overseas medical graduates in particular.
  • Many lectures and clinics are led by world-leading experts.
  • Students are invited to participate in weekly and monthly clinical meetings in St Thomas’ and Guys hospitals.
  • As part of the course, students attend a variety of short courses and conferences run by the Department.
  • Located in the heart of London.
Student destinations
Graduates have progressed their careers in senior hospital posts and private practice back in their own countries. Some of our graduates have pursued further higher qualifications and Foundation Programmes in the UK.
Programme leader/s
Professor Jonathan Barker
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, October to September.
St Thomas' Hospital, King's College Hospital, and Guy's Hospital campuses.
Year of entry 2014
Offered by
Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Closing date
3 March 2014. Please note that all decisions on applications from eligible candidates will be made after the deadline in order to make a comparative assessment.
FT Home: £9,200 (2014)
FT Overseas: £29,560 (2014)
Contact information
Postgraduate Education Coordinator, tel +44 (0)20 7188 6255, fax +44 (0)20 7928 1428.

For medical graduates wishing to specialise in dermatology. To provide a combination of clinical skills and knowledge of the scientific basis of dermatology, and a practical training in clinical dermatology and laboratory sciences relevant to skin disease.

The programme provides opportunities for students, including those with limited experience of dermatology, to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the full range of disease that can affect the skin. Clinical exposure is complemented by lectures, seminars and conferences by members of the faculty and invited prominent speakers.

The programme is based at the St John's Institute of Dermatology, a specialised clinical, teaching and research institute based in St Thomas' and Guy's hospitals. The Institute has its own academic facilities including lecture theatre, library, study areas and teaching laboratory. The clinical facilities are unusual in the UK as most subspecialties of dermatology, from contact dermatitis to dermatological surgery, are represented in the Institute, which therefore provides a unique environment for learning.

Occupational health questionnaire. Certificates of good conduct.

Core programme content

Please see the modules list for further information.

Indicative non-core content
Please see the modules list for further information.

  • Theoretical Dermatology (60 credits): assessment by essay (50 per cent), MCQ (50 per cent).
  • Clinical Dermatology (60 credits): assessment by OSCE (70 per cent), oral (30 per cent).
  • Dermatopathology (15 credits): assessment by practical (100 per cent).
  • Dermatology dissertation (45 credits): assessment by written piece (60 per cent), oral (30 per cent).

More information on typical programme modules.
NB it cannot be guaranteed that all modules are offered in any particular academic year.

Module code: 7MJDER03
Credit level: 7
Assessment:  practical/s 

This 15 credit module aims to:
  • Identify normal and abnormal skin structures
  • Provide a thorough background knowledge of the histopathological manifestations of diseases that can affect the skin and its appendages
  • Appreciate the importance of correlating microscopic interpretation with the clinical features of disease
  • Understand the use of histochemistry and immunocytochemistry in diagnosis and enhance self directed learning

At the end of the module the student will be able to:
  • Examine and interpret histopathological sections
  • Identify a range of common skin diseases on their histopathological appearance
  • Determine differential diagnoses for the histopathological appearance of the specimen
  • Interpret basic histochemistry and immunocytochemistry sections

Assessment is by practical examination.
Module code: 7MJDER04
Credit level: 7

This 45 credit module aims to:
  • Develop approaches to the management of dermatological disease
  • Enhance understanding of dermatological research
  • Develop a structured approach to critical appraisal of dermatological literature
  • Enhance self directed learning
  • Enable students to produce a literature based research thesis on a topic relevant to their experience/interest/country of origin

At the end of the modules the student will be able to:
  • Identify an area of dermatology of personal interest suitable for a research dissertation
  • Design literature search strategies and access sources of information
  • Critically evaluate dermatological literature
  • Evaluate the findings of the research to formulate proposals for diagnosis/treatment/management/research in the chosen subject area
  • Develop personal learning skills
  • Write a critical research document

Assessment is by submission of a dissertation and an oral examination.
Module code: 7MJDER01
Credit level: 7

This 60 credit module aims to:

  • Provide a thorough background knowledge of the full range of diseases that can affect the skin and its appendages
  • Understand the principles of treatment and management of dermatological conditions
  • Enhance understanding of dermatological research
  • Develop a structured approach to critical appraisal of dermatological literature
  • Enhance self directed learning.

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Recognise a range of skin diseases
  • Determine differential diagnoses
  • Distinguish normal and abnormal features of the skin structure
  • Correlate abnormalities in skin structure to the presence of skin disease
  • Examine and interpret mycological specimens
  • Assess the contribution of dermatological research to the development of diagnosis and management of skin diseases
  • Access and critically evaluate dermatological literature
  • Evaluate personal learning and develop learning skills

Assessment is by written examination and MCQ

General entry advice
A medical qualification from a recognised university, current clinical experience of either six to 12 months in dermatology or three to four years practising medicine postregistration, and proof of English language ability for non-UK students.
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Required for successful applicants
Occupational Health clearance required?

To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

You will be interviewed when required.

A personal statement and full transcripts for all degrees you have undertaken are required. Two references are required in support of your application.

About half our students are self-funded. Others funded by the British Council, WHO and government scholarships. To guarantee a place, self-funded students must pay a deposit of 1,000 for home/EU students and 3,000 for overseas students. The deposit is paid after you have received the formal offer.

Student profiles

Clinical Dermatology MSc
Since graduating from King's College in 2007, I have been practicing as Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist in Karachi, Pakistan. I assist patients in many hospitals and clinics across the city which allows me to put the skills and experience I gained from King's into practice. Furthermore, I appear on a weekly breakfast television show in Pakistan where I discuss different skin problems and advise patients through live phone calls. I have also written articles for newspapers and magazines in Pakistan and England in which I advised readers on how to look after their skin.
I have always been interested in studying skin conditions and skin care. I chose to come to King's so that I could study at the St John's Institute of Dermatology, which is one of the best centres in Europe for dermatology research. The expertise of my tutors enabled me to grasp the knowledge and understanding of diseases in the field of dermatology and this experience has undoubtedly enhanced my career. I consider myself blessed to have been taught by some of the best people in dermatology and it would be a dream come true if I had the chance to pursue further study at King's in the future.