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Sept 21: Launch of the Professional Certificate in Skin & Hair Follicle Science

Published: 23 March, 2021


UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology, the only dedicated Dermatology Research and Education academic center on the island of Ireland, is delighted to announce we will be launching a new postgraduate course, the Professional Certificate in Skin and Hair Follicle Science this September 2021, which will be a wholly online & part-time course.  We believe that there is a gap in the postgraduate part-time education landscape to support the growing personal care and pharma sector engaged in skin and hair follicle health. We are now accepting applications for September 2021 course intake.

Course Overview

The Professional Certificate in Skin & Hair Follicle Science (NFQ Level 9, 10-credits), with  a webinar-based, interactive lecture schedule and fact-based assessment series, will comprise of approx. 25 hours of direct teaching to provide a fundamental and comprehensive knowledge base in the human skin and hair follicle biological sciences.

The 1-trimester lecture block will cover an introduction to the biology of the skin and its appendages, and where relevant, will include variations with gender, age, and geographic ancestry. While this professional certificate will not focus specifically on topics of overt clinical pathology of the skin, it will refer to common mild physiological changes (e.g., male pattern baldness, dry skin, oily skin) that may be of interest to the personal care market. 

Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human skin and its appendages (principally the hair follicle and nail) and will enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of skin function. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of skin and its appendages on our well-being. 

This certificate is suitable for a range of graduates from the biological, biomedical, biochemical, bioengineering, and/or general life sciences background, and is also open to clinicians (including nurses) and other professionals working in industrial (Pharma/personal Care) or academic research environments.The lectures will be delivered by Prof. Desmond Tobin, Full Professor of Dermatological Science and an active skin and hair follicle researcher ( There may be occasional lectures delivered by invited specialists. 

 More Information:

Click here for full course information [UCD Graduate Studies]

Course Flyer September 2021 (with fees)