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Clinical Dermatology MSc



The Clinical Dermatology MSc is an advanced study programme aimed at medical graduates wishing to specialise in the field of dermatology. You will gain advanced practical training in laboratory sciences relevant to skin disease, and enhance your skills and knowledge of the scientific basis of clinical dermatology. The study pathway also includes a critical evaluation of dermatological literature on a specialist subject.


Key benefits

  • Located within the St John's Institute of Dermatology, a specialised clinical, teaching and research institute located within Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals.
  • A highly practical research programme that includes teaching in a diverse range of clinical and laboratory sessions.
  • Internationally renowned clinicians and academics providing an unparalleled inter-professional learning experience in a multi-faculty environment.
  • You will attend weekly and monthly clinical seminars in St Thomas’ and Guys hospitals as well as participating in a variety of short courses and conferences.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value

Course intake

Course leaders

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



Entry requirements & how to apply

English language requirements – tba

A medical qualification from a recognised university and current clinical experience of either 6–12 months in dermatology or 3–4 years practising medicine at post-registration level.

Application procedure

Personal statement and supporting information

Please submit a personal statement detailing your interests about the study programme describing your academic background and transcripts, your reasons for applying and what you hope to achieve from the course, including any relevant experience, strengths, ambitions or research interests. Please include two references supporting your application and proof of English language ability in the form of an IELTS test.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. 


Course detail


The Clinical Dermatology MSc programme will provide you with the opportunities to develop and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of dermatological diseases.

Located within the St John's Institute of Dermatology, a specialised clinical, teaching and research institute based in Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals, the course has full access to academic facilities including a lecture room, study areas and teaching laboratory.

The study pathway is made up of a combination of clinical sessions, lectures, seminars and conferences by members of the faculty as well as invited prominent speakers, creating a demanding and stimulating learning experience.

You will study three 60-credit modules throughout the year including theoretical dermatology and clinical dermatology, plus a research project with a dissertation related to clinical dermatology to complete the 180-credit advanced programme.


The majority of learning for this degree takes place at King’s College London Guy’s Campus and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Course format and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and self study.


Lectures, seminars & feedback



Approximately 130 hours of lectures, 118 hours of workshops / study days / supervised glass slides teaching as well as 240 hours of supervised clinical teaching and exposure to patients.

You will also receive three hours of feedback from mock exams.

1,309 hours of independent study such as preparing for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, and completion of your dissertation.




The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essay writing, course work in the form of a clinical presentations, pathology slide reading at the microscope, clinical and theoretical OSCEs and a written dissertation.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.


  • Required Modules

    • Theoretical Dermatology (60 credits)
    • Clinical Dermatology (60 credits)
    • Research Project (60 credits)

Career prospects

Our graduates have found employment in senior hospital posts and private practice overseas. 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

£10,950 p.a. for full-time students *

Full time tuition fees - Overseas


*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

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


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