Are you an experienced medical doctor looking to develop a high level of expertise in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer? This program provides advanced training in the clinical evidence-based assessment and management of all skin malignancies.

  • This two-year, part-time program is designed for applicants with an approved medical degree plus two years of post-qualification clinical experience. You will undertake core and advanced courses covering a range of specialist subjects.
  • Study skin embryology, microanatomy, physiology and aetiology of skin malignancy, and basic dermatopathology. You will also consolidate your skills in the fields of clinical and dermatoscopic diagnosis and in managing skin malignancies.
  • Gain the knowledge to access and critically appraise scientific manuscripts to prepare yourself for clinical progression or other research career options. You will learn how to do a literature review and prepare a case study report or study for publication.
  • 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.

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.

  • Students
    “I would recommend this program to anybody with an interest in skin cancer. Regardless of your prior knowledge or expertise, the modules are presented in such a way that you will learn or see something interesting every day." Dr Martelle Coetzer-Botha, MMed (current student)
    GP, Lloyds Northside Clinic, Mackay

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 1 fields of study available in the Master of Medicine.

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Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Medicine 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 moving ahead with their careers, or use the MMed to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


To enrol in the program, a person must hold an approved degree in medicine and have completed two years full-time (or equivalent) post-qualification clinical practice, approved by the executive dean.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of 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 Master of 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Medicine at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Medicine.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancers are the most common cancer managed by general practitioners (GPs) with more than 800,000 patient encounters each year. This program is designed to provide comprehensive training in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer. On completion, doctors will be able to effectively diagnose and manage the large majority of patients with skin cancer and associated conditions and also know when to refer a patient for more advanced treatment or further opinion.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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