Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology High Yield 1

Course Features

  • 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.
  • Each month a clinical image and case discussion will be shared with delegates.
  • Optional on-site patient-based clinical session (not credit-bearing and capped at approx. 30 students). 
  • Students may apply for X991 a Professional Diploma in Clinical Dermatology at the outset and complete both modules in 1 year if approved to do so.

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 20 hours of webinar-based interactive teaching and 250 hours of autonomous student learning.

Lecture topics covered include*:

Trimester 1 (September to December): 

  • Introduction to Skin Biology (and dermatological terminology)
  • Terminology and how to approach the patient
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Acne
  • Melanocytic lesions
  • Non-melanoma skin cancers
  • Infestations: Viral and Parasitic
  • Infestations: Bacterial and Fungal

Trimester 2 (January- May): 

  • Melanoma
  • Rosacea
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact & Stasis Dermatology
  • Urticaria
  • Psoriasis
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Alopecia: Non-scarring
  • Alopecia: Scarring

*Precise order and topics in curriculum are subject to change.

A short revision period follows at end of each trimester, which culminates with online MCQ assessments.

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.

All aspects of the course delivery that are credit-bearing are online, via webinars broadcasted via Adobe Connect on Thursdays at 19:30 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 (during trimester period it was delivered in) 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 (non-downloadable), and webinars (non-downloadable) will be made available on UCD’s Virtual Learning Environment (Brightspace). Content will be available to students for the relevant teaching period it was delivered in and during revision periods.
  • Assessment will take place online (please see below for further information).
  • The only on-site activity is the optional clinical masterclass (in 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

This programme leads to a University award of a Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology High Yield 1, 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. The course will consist of 20 hours of webinar-based interactive teaching and 250 hours of autonomous student learning.

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. 

Curricular information is subject to change.


Part-time option suitable for:

  • Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
  • International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Students must have been awarded a Medical Degree from a recognised Irish/EU or international Medical School. Applicants must also meet UCD’s English Language Requirements. We may accept a degree that was completed in English as proof of language proficiency. We will also accept proof of IMC registration, proof of  MCRP I & MCRP II completion from students as proof of English language proficiency.

Please Note: Podiatry is not accepted as proof of medical degree.

The following entry routes are available: Professional Certificate in Clinical Dermatology High Yield 1 (X877)

Duration: 8 Months

Attend: Part-time

Deadline: Rolling*

Apply Now

*Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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.

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.

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

For further course information, please email

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 1 Year Part-time
  • Schedule Online Delivery
  • Next Intake September

Contact Us

Please submit your query using our Graduate Study Enquiry Form and the School Marketing & Communication team will reply to you with general advice via email. More detailed queries will be passed on to the relevant programme director/administrator who will respond to you directly.