Advancing Dermatology Care over the Lifespan

Key facts

  • Module codeADPP034
  • Start date 12 Oct 2020
  • Application deadline14 Sep 2020
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • Fees Home: £667 Overseas: £1732
  • Study mode Online


This CPD module is from our MSc Advancing Practice course.

The master’s module in Advancing Dermatology Care over the lifespan is a single module that will be offered as an option within the MSc Advancing Practice Programme. This module is designed for students who wish to develop in-depth knowledge, skills and understanding of dermatology care in children, young people and adults at an advanced level. The module is aimed at health care professionals who practice dermatology within a general or specialist role. Engagement in this module will advance students’ perceptions and understanding of common skin conditions, principles of dermatology assessment and care planning, management of common skin conditions seen in primary and secondary care (acne, eczema, genital conditions, and psoriasis, rosacea and skin infections).

The key principles of working in partnership with patients to provide person centred care within dermatology underpins this module, as does the focus for practitioners on translating the theoretical content into clinical practice as they progress through the module.

On completion of the module, the successful student will have developed their knowledge and understanding of dermatology conditions, policy and research to feel confident in the management and support to patients with a wide variety of skin conditions.

Students are expected to have sufficient knowledge and expertise in dermatology to apply for this module. They do not necessarily need to work in a dermatology setting but need to be responsible for dermatology patients; either in a general or specialist service. 

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A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.

On successful completion of the module, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of dermatology through an indepth understanding of the anatomy and physiology of dermatology.
  2. Critically reflect on professional roles, responsibilities and collaborations in managing a dermatology patient and working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  3. Critically appraise the physical and psychological consequences of a skin condition and the impact of treatment, including strategies to support dermatology patients with self-management.
  4. Apply specialised skills in dermatology assessment and management to identify common inflammatory skin conditions and lesion recognition in any clinical setting.
  5. Demonstrate critical awareness of dermatology research and its ability to improve clinical patient care

The module will be on-line with students working through six units to gain 20 credits at master’s level.  The proposed units are outlined below: 

Unit 1: Advanced dermatology practice

Unit 2: Principles of dermatology treatment

Unit 3: Managing patients with common skin conditions

Unit 4: Psycho-dermatology

Unit 5: Recognition and diagnosis of skin lesions/skin cancer

Teaching Pattern