Course Description

ProfCert Skin and Hair Follicle Science Graduate Taught (Level 9 NFQ, Credits 10)

Professional Certificate in Skin & Hair Follicle Science (Online Webinar-Based/ Part-Time)

The webinar-based, interactive lecture schedule and fact-based assessment series will comprise of approx. 25 hours of direct teaching to provide a fundamental and comprehensive knowledge base in the human skin and hair follicle biological sciences. The lecture block will cover an introduction to the biology of the skin and its appendages, and where relevant, will include variations with gender, age, and geographic ancestry. While this professional certificate will not focus specifically on topics of overt clinical pathology of the skin, it will refer to common mild physiological changes (e.g., male pattern baldness, dry skin, oily skin) that may be of interest to the personal care market.

Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human skin and its appendages (principally the hair follicle and nail) and will enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of skin function. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of skin and its appendages on our well-being.

This certificate is suitable for a range of graduates from the biological, biomedical, biochemical, bioengineering, and/or general life sciences background, and is also open to clinicians (including nurses) and other professionals working in industrial (Pharma/personal Care) or academic research environments.
The lectures will be delivered by Prof. Desmond Tobin, Full Professor of Dermatological Science and an active skin and hair follicle researcher ( There may be occasional lectures delivered by invited specialists.

 Course Features:

  • Fully-online interactive webinar course delivered over 1 trimester in one teaching block to equip graduates with the knowledge and understanding of human skin and its appendages.
  • Additional reading around the lecture content will be encouraged and supported via a key recent review article for each lecture.
  • Lectures are streamed online live with an interactive end of lecture Q & A with faculty.
  • Suitable for distance learning and part-time study, with a facility to playback the webinar if the candidate cannot log-in during the interactive webinar.
  • Dedicated technical support as offered by dedicated technology consultant and webinar moderator.
  • Online MCQ assessment that is externally e-proctored (invigilated) to ensure robustness.

Minimum IT Requirements:

Enrolled students will have to meet the minimum IT requirements for running both Adobe Connect, the software that will be used for watching and participating in webinar lectures, and for the e-proctoring software that will be used when sitting exams. Students will also need an integrated webcam and microphone on the device they will be using to take the exam. Please see below for minimum requirements:

Adobe Connect technical specifications and minimum requirements

RPNow E-Proctoring minimum system requirements

For more information see here.

CollegeCharles Institute of Dermatology (UCD)
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 4
Course CategoryHealthcare, Medicine & Healthcare
Course TypeOnline Learning
Course QualificationSpecial Purpose Award / Certificate
Awarding BodyNational University of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsProfessional Certificate
Course Start Date15th September 2022
Course End Date26th May 2023
Course Duration4 Months
Course Time2 lectures, one evening a week (time/day TBC)
Course Fee€1500-€2500
Entry RequirementsApplicants should have a BSc (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in a Biology-based or Life Sciences-based degree from a recognised Irish or international third level institution in subjects allied to medicine i.e., anatomy, physiology & pathology; pharmacology, toxicology; pharmacy;analytical Sciences; and laboratory Practice.
Carear PathCandidates working in or wishing to work in the Pharmaceutical, Personal Care, Allied Healthcare, and similar settings, with an interest in skin and hair/hair follicle science in health and disease.
Phone+3531 716 6261
Course CodeX935
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Charles Institute of Dermatology, University College Dublin, Dublin City South, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Eircode: D04 V1W8

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Charles Institute of Dermatology (UCD)
Charles Institute of Dermatology, University College Dublin
Dublin City South, Dublin
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