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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

Top 10 Dermatology Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

DermatologyMasters in Dermatology are usually undertaken by practicing Doctors and Dentists to further specialise their career.

It can also be a way to start on a PhD in Dermatology by studying an MRes.

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There are many prestigious universities in the UK that offer this course at a postgraduate level.

Here is a list of 10 of the best courses in Dermatology in the UK and Europe*.

MSc in Clinical Dermatology – Cardiff University

Duration: 1 year full time

Cost: £11,700 (UK or EU Students) / £24,960 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

The modules in the MSc in Clinical Dermatology at Cardiff University in Wales cover a large number of topics and include some of the following; clinical immunology, cosmetic dermatology, diagnostic techniques, environmental factors, evidence-based medicine, inflammatory dermatology, skin cancer, surgical intervention and tropical skin diseases.

MSc in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine – University of Manchester

Duration: 3 years part time distance learning

Cost: £3,800 per annum Year 1 and 2 and Year 3 £1,900 (UK or EU Students) / £8,600 per annum Year 1 and 2 and Year 3 £4,300 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

This MSc is taught online with contact days held throughout the year. The course modules include fundamentals of skin ageing, skin rejuvenation, lasers in aesthetic medicine, invasive aesthetic medicine, injectables and research design and governance in aesthetic practice.

MSc in Clinical Dermatology – University of Hertfordshire

Duration: 1 year full time or 5 years part time

Cost: £6,450 (UK or EU Students) / £12,100 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

Modules at the MSc in Clinical Dermatology at the University of Hertfordshire include therapeutic skin conditions, chronic skin conditions, mind and skin, recognition and management of skin lesions and skin surgery skills.

MSc in Clinical Dermatology – King's College London

Duration: 1 year full time

Cost: £10,950 (UK or EU Students) / £33,700 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

The compulsory modules on the MSc in Clinical Dermatology include theoretical dermatology, clinical dermatology and a research project.

MRes in Dermatological Sciences – Newcastle University

Duration: 1 year full time

Cost: £4,540 - £14,665 (UK or EU Students) / £16,585 - £26,710 (International Students) The fee depends on the research project undertaken

What You Will Study:

This is a Research Masters and is a route to a PhD. Research topics can include clinical, translational and therapeutic research, skin dendritic cells and cutaneous immunology and pathogenesis, molecular and signalling mechanisms of inflammatory skin disease, skin cancer and ageing.

MSc in Dermatology (by research) – University of Nottingham

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time

Cost: £4,183 (UK or EU Students) / £15,570 to £36,750 (International Students). The fee depends on the research project undertaken

What You Will Study:

Research topics at the University of Nottigham can include prevention of eczema, treatment of eczema, vitiligo, squamous cell carcinoma and a national clinical trial of treatments for pyoderma gangrenosum.

Advanced Masters in Dermatology – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Duration: 1 year full time

Cost: €7,000 for all students

What You Will Study:

This course at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain is for doctors already practising in Dermatology who want to improve their skills. Primarily aimed at students from Latin-America and targeted at the specific challenges they will face. The modules cover topics such as paediatric dermatology, vascular injury and melanoma.

MSc in Biofabrication – Utrecht University

Duration: 2 years full-time

Cost: €2,006 (EU Students) / €18,201 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

This is a unique multidisciplinary course based at Utrecht University in the Netherlands that combines many areas of study. Students learn to use cutting-edge technology and spend time in a facility in Australia.

MRes in Dermatology – University of Edinburgh

Duration: 1 year full time

Cost: £19,100 for all students

What You Will Study:

Lead by two academic staff at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, your area of research is agreed between you. Current areas of research include skin cancer and inflammation.

Advanced Masters in Dermatology-Venerology – University of Liège

Duration: 4 years full time

Cost: €835 (EU Students) / Students holding medical degrees from outside the EU cannot apply for this course

What You Will Study:

After 2 years of general Dermatology-Venerology students at his Belgium-based university move on to 2 more years of specialising in the treatment of rare skin diseases and disorders. Students also cover the use of lasers in treatment and basic skin surgery. Lessons are held in French.

You can often fund a Research Masters through Research Grants. The university you are applying for will have information about offerings from different funding options. There are other Dermatology masters options in the UK and Europe, our course search has all the information you need.


PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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Michael Disney March 22, 2017, 7:33 a.m.

Hey really nice article very informativel.

Charlotte King March 23, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Glad you found it useful. Are you planning on studying a Masters in Dermatology?

Kenul April 4, 2017, 8:43 p.m.

Ms.King, thank you for the article. I am a dermatovenerologist from Azerbaijan Medical University with a full six year medical education and a year internship in dermatovenerology. Could you tell me if I can get a postgraduate education, namely MSC degree in dermatology in the UK with the diploma i have got? Do I have to start getting basic medical education in the UK?

Thanks in advance.

Charlotte King April 19, 2017, 8:28 a.m.

Hi Kenul,

Different universities have different entry criteria. I think the best thing you can do is to find some courses that interest you and then contact the relevant universities directly to see whether you have the correct qualifications to attend. You can use our comprehensive course search facility for this:

Good luck!


Ramon Jennings May 29, 2017, 10:34 a.m.

Its very interesting article, thanks we liked it.

Charlotte King June 5, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Has it helped you choose your postgrad course Ramon?

Lanny Black Sept. 29, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

Hi Charlotte,

Thanks very much for putting this together!
As a recent graduate with little to no knowledge of the UK system, realistically, what would be my job prospects if I did the MSc from either Cardiff or Hertfordshire? I'd love to go into dermatology - will this make me a viable prospect as compared to doctors who do residencies in dermatology instead?


sam d April 24, 2018, 5:49 a.m.

I really like how organized your information is. Thank you for sharing this!

Pallavi Dec. 30, 2018, 2:02 p.m.

I would be have some review about university of South Wales. Should I go for South Wales or Cardiff ? Which one is better ?

Charlotte King Jan. 4, 2019, 9:19 a.m.

They are both excellent universities - it depends on what you want to study - as you need to make sure the course is the right one for you. Good luck!

Ranjan bhaskar May 16, 2019, 1 p.m.

I am BDS graduate and did fellowship in medical cosmetology and now interested in classical dermatology. Could I do this course by distance. If yes then tell me in detail.

Charlotte King May 16, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

There are currently 2 online masters in Dermatology available to study online at universities in the UK - and details can be find if you use this URL >

Hope that helps – Charlotte

Maria June 28, 2020, 1:49 p.m.

I have applied for Msc clinical dermatology from hertfordshire university. I have the admission offer but I am confused now as the university is not a medical university like kings college and would doing MSC from this university will be acceptable and recognized in UAE to practice as a specialist dermatologist?

Charlotte King June 30, 2020, 11:34 p.m.

Hi Maria,

If you read the details of the MSc Clinical Dermatology at the University of Hertfordshire it states that: "this programme is designed and intended for educational purposes only. Completion of the course and possession of the MSc does not endorse the practitioner to consider themselves a specialist in dermatology. The current British Association of Dermatologists guidelines outline the essential requirements for fulfilling the role of GPwSI in Dermatology and Consultant Dermatologist in the UK. Local guidelines apply to overseas students who should consult with the relevant governing body"

Therefore I think you may need to study another course or at least check the guidelines and requirements in the UAE.

Juliet July 21, 2021, 5:03 p.m.

I studied industrial chemistry in my undergraduate and am also on a msc industrial chemistry program which will be over next month I am interested in moving forward to study dermatology please kindly assist on the requirements thanks.

Charlotte King Aug. 3, 2021, 9 a.m.

Hi Juliet – To study Dermatology you need an academic background in Chemistry (which you have) and preferably also in Physics, Biology or Maths. I suggest you contact the institution that you;re interested in and see if you have the academic qualifications to pursue this area of interest further. Good luck!

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