Master of Cosmetic Dermatology

Master of Cosmetic Dermatology ‘Capstone’ Course Components

This course is the final component of the full Master of Cosmetic Dermatology program. To enrol in this course, students must have already successfully completed the other components, the Graduate Certificate and Diploma of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Successful completion of the components of this course will lead to the award of Master of Cosmetic Dermatology by College.

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To attain the qualification Master of Cosmetic Dermatology (Coursework) students must have initially successfully completed the nested components of the Master’s program, the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology and the Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology respectively.

They must then successfully complete the ‘capstone components’ of the Master’s program which is comprised of two theoretically based subjects covering Advanced Evidence Based Medicine/Research Methodology and concurrently, design, undertake and report on an approved Minor Research Project via the presentation of a minor thesis.

This supervised research project must conform to the strict guidelines laid down by the ASC and will be examined by a suitably qualified persons ‘external’ to the candidate and approved by the ASC. Supervisors must possess recognised expertise in the area of research being proposed and will normally also be Fellows or Members of the College. For details candidates should refer to the documents ‘ACD Masters General Regulations and the Subject(s) outlines associated with this ‘capstone component’.

This course, as with the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology adopts an approach to teaching and learning which makes use of, where appropriate, self-directed online activity, virtual classes and tutorials, clinical experiences and F2F components for the Methodology subjects associated with it.

Click on the links below to view the current subject outlines for the components of this course:

Compulsory Core Subjects (Procedural/Clinical application and experiences):

Pre requisites:
Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology and the Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology

CLOM 1Critically assess and synthesise specialist medical dermatological knowledge of disease process, presentation and epidemiology in the domain of cosmetic dermatological practice.
CLOM 2Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the cosmetic consultation, patient selection and rights.
CLOM 3Critically analyse appropriate investigations to develop and justify well-reasoned diagnoses.
CLOM 4Evaluate results of investigations and then develop and assess effective management plans appropriate to the diagnosis and the patient’s context
CLOM 5Critically apply specialist medical knowledge and diagnostic skills to develop best practice treatment options in cosmetic dermatology
CLOM 6Plan, design, execute and report on substantial research projects designed to maximise the use of an evidence based medicine approach to practice in the domain of cosmetic dermatology.
CLOM 7Analyse and draw inference from the results of complex research programs to inform cosmetic dermatological practice now and in the future.

Enrolment is open only to persons who have met the requirements for the awards, Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Cosmetic Dermatology and who meet the criteria set out below:

  • A bachelor degree in medicine or its equivalent
  • Registration to practice medicine within Australia
  • Fellowship of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD)

  • Full Time Students
    • Minimum completion time 0.5 years (1 semester)
    • ‘Expected Average’ completion time 0.5 years (1 semester)
    • Maximum completion time 1.0 year (2 semesters)
  • Part Time Students
    • Minimum completion time 1 year (2 semesters)
    • Maximum completion time 2.0 years (4 semesters)

*Timings based on no periods of leave and timing of course/subject offerings.

Each of the two component core subjects attract a fee of $1,500 each

The Minor Research Project component will attract a fee of $ 3,000.

The full cost to complete the course will be $6,000.

NOTE: To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Enrolments are currently closed.

The teaching strategies adopted will reflect the nature of the subject(s) being ‘taught’ and/or supervised.

Teaching of the component subjects (RM II and RM III) will normally take any or all the following forms as appropriate:

  • Virtual F2F scheduled teaching/tutorial/student interaction sessions using online synchronous webinar technologies.
  • Online open discussion spaces (synchronous/asynchronous)
  • Independent online learning/activity within the supporting online content modules
  • Independent/Self Directed Problem Based Learning

Total teaching format time

  • Virtual F2F scheduled teaching/student interaction sessions using online synchronous webinar technologies: (not less than 80%)
  • Other formats including live teaching and other interactions (not more than 20%)

The ACD Academic Awards Framework Policy should be used as a guide to the minimum time a student should spend working on this subject.

Whilst formal teaching time is not a component of this subject, supervisors are required to provide contact time each week during the period of candidature. The duration of this F2F contact time would not normally be less than 2 hours per week. This time would not include meetings specific to the candidate’s progress.

Based on the guidelines set out in the ACD Master of Dermatology (Coursework) Course Outline, and the scope and complexity of the proposed Minor Research Project, the minimum time that Full Time students would be expected to apply themselves to completing this research project would be expected to be between 500 and 800 hours over 3 semesters.

Refer to the Masters in Cosmetic Dermatology Curriculum document for a suggested study pattern for this subject.
Teaching and support for the Minor Research Project component will normally involve:

  • Regular scheduled F2F sessions with supervisor(s) by arrangement
  • Virtual support sessions by arrangement
  • Student self-paced study/conduct of research

For full details consult the ACD Masters General Regulations Policy.

Assessment strategies fall into two distinct formats based on the nature of the subjects/activities involved.

In the case of the two theoretically based Research Methods subjects (RM II and RM II), the form and weighting of assessments will vary from subject to subject and from time to time.

In general it will involve the assessment of theoretic knowledge using MCQ quizzes and applied exercises as well as the completion of topic specific case study reports and ‘classroom’ contributions.

The approximate weighting of these assessment tasks is 20% examination and 80% case study reports/contributions.

For a detailed breakdown on tasks refer to the specific Subject Outlines

Assessment of the Minor Research project involves the completion and submission of the Minor Research Project and it assessment of meeting the required standard by the nominated examiners.

For further details refer to the Subject Outline and the ACD Masters General Regulations

Assessment taskWeightSubject Learning Outcomes assessedCurriculum Learning OutcomesDue date
Minor Thesis (10 to 15,000 words100%SLO 1 – 5CLMO 2 – 7End Semester 3*

*Minimum full-time student

The Master of Cosmetic Dermatology Capstone has been developed with the generous support of a number of College Fellows and external experts.

The Steering Committee:
Dr Greg Goodman (Chair of the committee), Dr Adrian Lim, Dr Alice Rudd, Dr Shobhan Manoharan , Dr Chris Jalilian and Dr Bob Corderoy (College)

Contributing Authors (Fellows and external experts):
Dr’s: Greg Goodman, Russell Hill, Kathryn D’Ambrosis, Ritu Gupta, Adrian Lim, Shobhan Manoharan,  Elizabeth Dawes-Higgs, Nina Wines, Irene Grigoris, Natasha Cook, Howard Studniberg, Esther Hong, Phil Artemi, Michelle Rodrigues,Terence Poon, John Sullivan, Todd Gunsen, Jack Green, Anita Lasocki, Belinda Walsh, Ken MacDonald, Alice Rudd, Vanessa Morgan, Hugh Robertrs, Antoinatte Ciconte, John Sullivan, and Grant Bellaney (Encorė Cosmetic Clinic, New Zealand).

If you are interested in finding out more about this course, (including: curriculum, course and subject outlines, study load, assessment and progression guidelines, please forward your details to