Professional Diploma in Dermatology

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This Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Professional Diploma in Dermatology delivered by iheed, is a new 9-month online learning programme, designed specifically to cater for busy healthcare professionals. Drawing on the expertise of national and international experts in dermatology, this programme provides learners with advanced knowledge and skills to ensure the confident treatment of skin conditions.

The programme emphasizes a patient-centred approach to clinical decision making in dermatology. It provides a supportive, richly informative, and accessible educational opportunity for healthcare professionals wishing to upskill or refresh their understanding and management of common dermatological conditions.

The programme aims to develop clinically focused diagnostic skills through the use of interactive patient cases. It allows for opportunities to practice and develop diagnostic skills in a highly engaging format.

This programme is designed to give healthcare professionals a deeper understanding of dermatological conditions, with a focus on diagnosing and managing common skin diseases, complementing clinical exposure in the community or hospital healthcare.

The topic of Cosmetic dermatology and the ageing face is also covered in the programme and may serve to enhance the earning potential of the learner.

  • Award title


  • Programme duration

    9 months

  • Validated by

    The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language

  • Full employment in a medical practice throughout the duration of the programme

  • You must be a fully qualified doctor, nurse or pharmacist

What will I study?

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne/rosacea
  • Clinical Simulation: ‘The red face’
  • Itch and urticaria
  • Blistering skin disease
  • The skin in systemic disease
  • The skin in connective tissue disease
  • Clinical Simulation: ‘Red Legs’ presentation



  • Drug eruptions and emergencies
  • Skin infections and infestations
  • Pediatric dermatology
  • Clinical Simulations: The ‘red-all-over’ patient
  • Oral dermatology
  • Genital dermatology
  • Clinical Simulation: ‘The itchy vulva’
  • Non-pigmented lesions
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Hair and pigment (including vitiligo and melasma)
  • Cosmetic dermatology and the aging face

Programme benefits

Upon completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Take a focused dermatological history and develop a comprehensive and structured approach to the examination of a patient with a skin concern.
  • Identify important clinical features and utilize a systematic approach to developing a diagnosis.
  • Understand and describe the pathogenesis of acute and common dermatological presentations to help explain the diagnosis to patients.
  • Investigate, conceptualize and solve diagnostic problems integrating the history and clinical features of a wide range of common dermatological conditions.
  • Take responsibility for diagnostic and management decisions in clinical dermatology, advising colleagues as to appropriate clinical care using sound scientific principles and best available evidence.
  • Identify when a patient presents with a less common condition or presents with features that require special management and onward referral.

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