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Clinical Dermatology MSc



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. 


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Key benefits

  • The programme is highly practical including teaching in a variety of clinics and laboratory sessions.

  • Tailor made for overseas medical graduates in particular.

  • Many lectures and clinics are led by world-leading experts.

  • As part of the programme students are attend 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 Institute.

  • Located in the heart of London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 18.

Course leaders Professor Jonathan Barker

Course contact for further information • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form at • After applying: use the messaging service at Postgraduate Education Coordinator, tel +44 (0)20 7188 6255, fax +44 (0)20 7928 1428.

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

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.

Application procedure

You will be interviewed when required.

Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement and full transcripts for all degrees you have undertaken are required. Two references are required in support of your application and proof of English language ability in the form of an IELTS test.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


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 Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals. The Institute has its own academic facilities including lecture room, 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.

Course purpose

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.

Course format and assessment

  • 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 (70 per cent), oral (30 per cent).

Extra information

Occupational health questionnaire. Certificates of good conduct.



Career prospects

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.


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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£32,100 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU


Part time tuition Fees - Overseas


*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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