Professional Cert in Clinical Dermatology

Course Overview

When: 19:30 on Thursdays, 28 teaching weeks x 1-hour lectures
Course Duration: September 9th 2021-May 5th 2022 (2-Trimesters)
Location: Online via Zoom

Dermatological (skin and hair) issues can comprise up to 25% of a General Practitioner’s workload, and so the majority of skin conditions should be treated in this community general practice setting.

The Professional Cert in Clinical Dermatology (NFQ Level 9, 10 credits) is a fully-online course (September to May) consisting of approximately 28 hours of teaching covering a comprehensive knowledge -base of Clinical Dermatology.

Four lecture blocks incorporate an Introduction to skin biology and Dermatological Terminology, Cutaneous Malignancy, Infectious Dermatoses, Inflammatory Dermatoses, Cutaneous manifestations of Systemic Disease, Alopecias, and Paediatric Dermatology.

Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of dermatological diseases and enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of clinical dermatology. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of dermatological conditions, referral pathways, imaging and management.  Our course equips graduates with the knowledge and expertise required to recognise and treat skin disorders commonly encountered in general practice.

Lectures will be delivered by over 20 of Ireland's highly expert Specialist Registered Consultant Dermatologists, in addition to an introductory skin biology lecture by Charles Institute Director, Prof. DJ Tobin.

The course provides an expert-led learning experience throughout. Webinars are interactive, with a Question & Answer session after each live Webinar, to allow students to further delve into the clinical aspects of disease.

This programme leads to a University award of a Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology, worth 10 ECTS, and graduates are free to use both the award and their official transcript as evidence of CPD / CME activity as part of their professional body annual or biennial returns. As this is a full university programme, leading to an award, we do not separately apply for CPD / CME points from professional bodies.

  • Fully-online interactive webinar course delivered over 4 lecture blocks to equip graduates with the knowledge and expertise required to recognise and treat skin disorders commonly encountered in general practice.
  • Focuses on patient-related problems, while also developing knowledge of the theoretical background of real cases from clinical practice.
  • Lectures are streamed online live (to facilitate Q&A), but also via limited playback and again during examination revision periods.
  • Robust online Case-based format assessment that is e-proctored.
  • Optional on-site patient-based clinical session (not credit-bearing and capped at approx. 30 students). 

This course is a professional certificate aimed at Medical Graduates, with particular relevance for General Practitioners, but also appropriate for:

  • Internal Medicine Physicians
  • Paediatricians
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Junior doctors who may wish to pursue a career in Dermatology* 
  • Trainees of the above.

*Note: This is not part of a formal pathway to dermatology training.

This Professional Certificate-level course covers all aspects of clinical dermatology, with a comprehensive lecture schedule delivered by expert Consultant Dermatologists. Lectures will be delivered through an interactive webinar series and organised into relevant blocks. The course will consist of 28 hours of webinar-based interactive teaching and 250 hours of autonomous student learning. Lecture topics covered include:

Trimester 1 (September to December): Precise order subject to change

  • Introduction to Skin Biology (and dermatological terminology)
  • Non-melanoma skin cancers
  • Melanoma
  • Viral and fungal infections
  • Bacterial and parasitic
  • Melanocytic lesions and Melanoma
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Psoriasis
  • Other Papulosquamous disorders – (PRP, pityriasis rosea, PLEVA, PLC, parapsoriasis
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Psychodermatology

Trimester 2 (January- May): Precise order subject to change

  • Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease Part I
  • Cutaneous manifestations of internal malignancy
  • Lichenoid eruptions
  • Neutrophilic dermatoses (Erythema nodosum, Sweets, Pyoderma gangrenosum, Bechet’s
  • Itch and urticaria
  • Blistering Eruptions
  • Photobiology, Photo-dermatoses, Sunscreens
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Drug Reactions
  • Stasis Dermatitis and Ulcers
  • Vulvar Dermatoses
  • Vasculitis
  • Scarring and non-scarring alopecias
  • Neonatal rashes and birthmarks

A short revision period follows, which culminates with an Assessment for each trimester (see below).

Clinical Masterclass (Optional)

Students who are selected (on a first come, first served basis) for the one-day Clinical Masterclass (which is non-credit-bearing) at the end of course will have the opportunity to observe real-life patients with common dermatology conditions at the end of course

Interactive Online Teaching

All aspects of the course delivery that are credit-bearing are online, via webinars on Thursdays at 1930 Irish Standard Time (typically). As this is an interactive course with a Q & A session at the end of each live-streamed lecture, we strongly suggest that students attend the live sessions.

However, webinars will also be available for playback unless otherwise specified.

  • The online course will be delivered by over 20 of Ireland’s most respected Specialist Register Consultant Dermatologists.
  • Course content will be delivered sequentially over 2 trimesters
  • All relevant course materials, including lecture slides in pdf format (view only), and webinars will be made available on UCD’s Virtual Learning Environment (Brightspace). Content will be available to students for relevant teaching period it was delivered in and during revision periods
  • Assessment will take place online via Brightspace.
  • The only on-site activity is the optional clinical masterclass (in Dublin).

Assessment and Qualification

There will be two online case-based scenario MCQ exams, one held at the end of each trimester, which will present various clinical based scenarios, to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The exams will be e-proctored to ensure academic robustness.. Students will need a device with integrated webcam and microphone, which meets the e-proctoring software minimum system requirements for invigilation purposes.

  • Both MCQ exams are Must-Pass components (i.e., failure in one cannot be compensated with excellent performance in the other) ...
  • Students will receive an overall Pass/Fail mark at the end of the course.

This course is set at Level 9 National Framework Qualification and is a 10-credit award.

Trimester 1:

Desmond Tobin

Director, Charles Institute of Dermatology, UCD. Full Professor of Dermatological Science

Sally O'Shea

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Private Hospital Cork and University College Cork

Fergal Moloney

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and University College Dublin

Ian McDonald

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Patricia Lenane

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and University College Dublin

Johnny Bourke

Consultant Dermatologist, South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital and University College Cork

Caitriona Ryan

Consultant Dermatologist, Institute of Dermatologists® Dublin and University College Dublin

Eleanor Higgins

Consultant Dermatologist, St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Rosalind Hughes

Consultant Dermatologist, St. Vincent's University Hospital

Maeve McAleer

Consultant Dermatologist, St James’s Hospital & Trinity College Dublin

Anne-Marie Tobin

Consultant Dermatologist, Tallaght University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin

Aishling Ryan

Consultant Dermatologist, St Vincent's University Hospital

Trimester 2:

Sarah Rogers

Consultant Dermatologist and University College Dublin

Bláithín Moriarty

Consultant Dermatologist, St. Vincent's University Hospital

Trevor Markham

Consultant Dermatologist, University Hospital Galway and National University of Ireland, Galway

Collette McCourt

Consultant Dermatologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Eleanor Higgins

Consultant Dermatologist St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Nicola Ralph

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Private and University College Dublin

Donal O'Kane

Consultant Dermatologist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Bairbre Wynne

Consultant Dermatologist,St James Hospital Dublin and Trinity College Dublin

Catherine Foley

Consultancy Dermatologist, Beacon Hospital, Dublin

Eoin Storan

Consultant Dermatologist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and University College Cork

Susan O'Gorman

Consultant Dermatologist, St. James Hospital Dublin and Trinity College Dublin

Dmitri Wall

Consultant Dermatologist, Hair Restoration Blackrock, Dublin

Fiona Browne

Consultant Dermatologist, Children's Health Ireland and Trinity College Dublin


Enrolled students will have to meet the minimum IT requirements for Zoom as well as ensuring they have prepared their laptop/PC before taking an online assessment. Students will also need an integrated webcam and microphone on the device they will be using to take the exam for e-proctoring purposes.

Zoom System Requirements
Preparing your PC or Laptop for Online Assessment


Students must have been awarded a Medical Degree from a recognised Irish/EU or international Medical School.

Applicants can apply online here. If you are applying to UCD for the first time you must register an account. Returning applicants may sign into an existing account. Once logged in, to find our course go to ‘Course Finder’ and search for Clinical Dermatology and then apply.

Please note: Places are subject to availability and a strict closing date.

A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here.

  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming a successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account. Click on your submitted application, which will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.

For information on current course fees, please see the University Fees Office website

For further course information at

Academic Course Director:

Professor Desmond J Tobin

UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology
UCD School of Medicine
University College Dublin
Belfield, D4

Module Coordinator:
Dr Rosalind Hughes, St Vincent's University Hospital; UCD School of Medicine

Key Information:

  • Major Code X877
  • Duration Two Semesters
  • Schedule Online Delivery

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