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Hair Follicle Anatomy and Physiology Micro-credential


Subject Area Skin and Hair Follicle Science
Credits 2.5
Start Date 10 June 2024
Duration 6 weeks
Mode of Delivery Online/Asynchronous
Lead Academic (opens in a new window)Dr. Des Tobin
Fee €450
Application Deadline 31 May 2024

Historically hair has always been an important part of our individualism, which today is reflected by a large hair care industry that can be easily observed in any cosmetic aisle, or by the presence of high-end beauty companies focused on hair health. There are so many factors which determine the health of our hair, and many diseases which progress with damaged hair or losing hair. Enhancing our understanding of the hair follicle can contribute to the clinic, research, and future innovation in industry. This micro-credential will introduce you to advanced hair anatomy and physiology.

Key Features

This flexible micro-credential is designed for anyone who has graduated from a biological, biomedical, biochemical, bioengineering, life-science, or clinical background such as doctors or nurses. Professionals working in industry with pharmaceuticals or personal care, or academics in research environments are also more than welcome to apply.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this micro-credential, you will be able to:

  • Identify key structures of hair follicle anatomy.
  • Describe the role of hair follicle stem cells in the context of hair loss and renewal.
  • Recognize the role immune system in protecting the hair follicle.
  • Explain the beneficial role of the hair follicle microbiome in hair care.
  • Examine differences in hair follicle pigmentation.

  • The Human Scalp, Hair Follicle and Hair Fibre.
  • Hair Follicle Stem Cells.
  • Hair Follicle Immune System.
  • Hair Follicle Microbiome.
  • Hair Follicle Pigmentation.

This micro-credential has been developed by experts in the field of hair follicle physiology at the Charles Institute of Dermatology with up-to-date information in a fast-moving field. The graduates of this course will hold a micro-credential, demonstrating a postgraduate aptitude for Hair Follicle Anatomy and Physiology which may benefit their career progression. The increased understanding gained from this course may also contribute to improved performance or new innovations in your line of work.

This micro-credential is designed to be completed independently, in your own time. We call this asynchronous learning which we hope can empower potential students who may be working already in industry or working in part-time jobs with moving hours to be able to fit this course into their schedule. The course is made up of a series of interactive online lectures, which are complemented by online resources such as papers, videos and transcripts of the lessons. 

This course is 2.5 ECTS and takes approx. 6 weeks to complete.

Applicants should have a BSc (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in a Biology-based or Life Sciences-based degree from a recognised Irish or international third-level institution in subjects allied to medicine i.e., anatomy, physiology & pathology; pharmacology, toxicology; pharmacy; analytical Sciences; and laboratory Practice. Professional experience in pharmaceutical or personal care industries are also considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proof of English proficiency as per UCD's minimum English language requirements.

All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  • 20 Question MCQ exam of 45 minutes in length.

  •  Feedback individually to students, post-assessment.