Are you an experienced medical doctor, degree-qualified nurse or clinician-scientist looking to develop your ability to diagnose and manage skin cancers? This program provides advanced training in the clinical assessment of skin malignancies.

  • 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 32nd in the world for Life Sciences and Medicine in the 2017 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
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


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.

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.

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