Master of Dermatology


Master of Dermatology (Coursework)


Overview of Course

This Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) accredited postgraduate course is aligned to the current 4 year post graduate specialist medical Training Program conducted by the Australasian College of Dermatologists and will provide successful candidates with a recognised higher education qualification in the area of dermatology.

Students who enrol in this course will complete it in parallel with their participation in the specialist training program. The Master of Dermatology (Coursework) extends the depth of knowledge and understanding of key areas of the current specialist training program’s curriculum through course work and research to equip students to apply this in making better clinical decisions and making a positive contribution to advancing dermatological understanding.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Critically assess and synthesise specialist medical dermatological knowledge of disease process, presentation and epidemiology to develop effective differential diagnoses.
  • Critically analyse appropriate investigations to develop and justify well-reasoned diagnoses.
  • Evaluate results of investigations and then develop and assess effective management plans appropriate to the diagnosis and the patient’s context
  • Critically apply specialist medical knowledge and diagnostic skills to develop best practice treatment options in procedural dermatology
  • Synthesise anatomical understanding of the skin and underlying soft tissues with technical skills in the performance of dermatological procedures using aseptic technique
  • Plan, execute and report on substantial research projects in specialty dermatology fields

Course Details

  • Study mode: Online/Blended
  • Duration (Full time): 2 years
  • Duration (Part time): 4 years

Admission requirements

To be eligible to apply for entry into this course, applicants must have each of the following

  1. Hold a bachelor degree in medicine (or equivalent)
  2. Be registered to practice medicine within Australia (and be living in Australia)
  3. Be enrolled in the ACD Training Program or be current FACD.

 What you’ll study

Students must complete 12 Core subjects

Dermatology I Research Methods I
Dermatology II Research Methods II
Dermatology III Research Methods III
Clinical Procedures Clinical Sciences I
Clinical Sciences II Research Project
Elective A (professionalism and practice in dermatology stream) Elective B (from Advanced Dermatology stream)

Teaching and Assessment

This is a blended course involving teaching strategies which may include:

  • Face to Face (F2F) lecture/tutorial based in the work place environment
  • Virtual teaching sessions (lecture/tutorial) using online synchronous webinar technologies
  • Online open discussion spaces (synchronous/asynchronous
  • Work-place based tutorial and combined assessment of clinical knowledge and skills
  • Independent/Self Directed Problem Based Learning

The following assessment strategies may be used in this course:

  • Online, invigilated MCQ examinations
  • Written submissions (such as case analysis, targeted reports, thesis, investigations)
  • Work-place based assessments as appropriate
  • Portfolio of Work/log book presentation
  • Contribution to virtual classroom and/or online discussion sessions

Further information

This course is aligned with the AQF standards and meets the ‘threshold standards’ laid down by TEQSA for higher education courses)Specific policies relating to Higher Education Provider (HEP) courses can be found in the Education Policies section of the website.

Existing holders of FACD may be eligible for RPL and exemptions into this course.

Expression of interest

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