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Graduate Certificate in  Medicine

Program code: 5560

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1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world and the need for early detection in reducing deaths is vital. Help create change by improving the outcomes for patients with skin cancer.

  • This one-year, part-time program is designed for applicants with an approved medical, nursing or science degree plus two years of post-qualification clinical experience – see Program details for entry requirements.
  • Cover clinical knowledge relevant to common skin lesions, along with dermatoscopy and imaging techniques, basic therapeutics, and more. You will gain the specialised knowledge and skill required to diagnose and manage skin malignancy.
  • Benefit from a program that's fully delivered online. All courses in this program are offered as online study modules made up of readings, lectures, group discussions, and case studies. Assessment and examinations are also administered online.
  • On completion, medical practitioners can progress to the Master of Medicine. Nurses and scientists who have appropriate clinical experience will gain the advanced training required for a career in skin cancer diagnostics.

If you're a practising doctor, this program will provide you with training in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer that suits your busy schedule.

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    Global standing

    UQ Medicine is the leading provider of education and research in Queensland and has the largest selection of medical programs in Australia. We were also ranked 30 in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Careers

    Training pathways

    This program is suitable for doctors who are preparing for a Fellowship pathway in one of the following medical or surgical colleges: surgical oncology, ENT, plastic surgery, anatomical pathology, dermatology, radiation oncology and primary care / specialist practice.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Medicine should have detailed understanding of the structure and function of the skin.

More specifically, graduates should:

  • Understand the embryology, microanatomy, physiology, oncology and epidemiology of skin.
  • Be able to undertake a consultation (history and examination) for a skin check.
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess skin lesions through dermatoscopy and dermal imaging, and be competent in differential diagnosis.
  • Confidently advise and manage most patients with skin cancer, using appropriate medical and / or surgical therapeutic modalities in partnership with the patient.
  • Possess a sound understanding of how to minimise indemnity risk in their practice.
  • Know when to refer a patient for further opinion or more advanced treatment.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of broadening their areas of expertise, or use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to the Master of Medicine program, which has a more comprehensive study plan, and offers greater professional opportunities.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Students must have completed:
(a) an approved degree in:

  1. medicine, or
  2. nursing, or
  3. medical science or related field, and

(b) satisfy the executive dean that they have completed two years full-time (or equivalent) post-qualification clinical practice.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Medicine are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Medicine. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Medicine pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $16,460
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Medicine for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Medicine can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Medicine is 5560. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Medicine is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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