Dermatology Nursing

The Graduate Diploma in Dermatology Nursing X879 will be offered in 2021/22 as a two-year Part Time programme designed to meet the professional development needs of nurses caring for people experiencing skin conditions and related disorders in clinical settings.


Programme aims

The Graduate Diploma in Dermatology Nursing is aimed at the professional preparation of registered nurses who wish to specialise in dermatological nursing. 

What will I learn?

You will learn how to assess, provide care and advice at a specialist level for patients with dermatology conditions. You will also learn how to provide a service that is evidence based and aims to improve quality of life for people with dermatology conditions.


Programme structure and content

In 2021/2022 the Graduate Diploma in Dermatology Nursing will be offered as a 2-year (part-time) programme. The academic year runs from September to May and is broken down into two trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/ case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters. Clinical assessments (Clinical Competency Assessment Tool, Clinical Learning Outcomes) are an integral component of this programme. 

Year 1

Core Modules:

  • Nursing Knowledge: Philosophy and Practice (Autumn Trimester)
  • Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Spring Trimester)
  • Advanced Health Assessment (Autumn Trimester)


Year 2

Specialist Modules:     

  • Nursing Management of Chronic Skin Conditions (Autumn Trimester)
  • Nursing Management of Benign and Malignant Skin Lesions (Spring Trimester)
  • Dermatology Nursing Clinical Practicum (Spans both trimesters)



Teaching methods

The programmes are offered using a Blended Learning Approach. Blended learning will utilise a range of teaching methods including online learning, lectures, workshops and seminars.


Entry Requirements

Graduate Diploma in Dermatology Nursing

The programme entry requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)/APEL consideration if no degree
  • Applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) (be registered as an RGN or RCN)
  • Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development

Specialist Requirements:

  • Candidates must be employed in the clinical environment caring for people with dermatology conditions prior to commencing the course and for the duration of the course
  • Candidates who are not employed full time in a dermatology setting are advised to secure clinical exposure in order to achieve all learning outcomes


How to apply?

Graduate Diploma in Dermatology NursingThe programme code you require is X879. Please visit and search for your programme. You will be required to complete an online application form and upload supporting documentation. Once you have submitted the online form, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted within a short period.   Closing Date for Applications is 16th July 2021Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and programmes will close once they are filled. We advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Recognised Prior Learning

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.


Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning


The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

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Application Fee:

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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Documents to be submitted with your application
  • Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) and notarised English translations where relevant
  • A current photocopy of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)  registration
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
  • Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
  • Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
  • Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English).