Where To Study Dermatology In SA

Dermatology is the branch of medicine that primarily focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the hair, skin and nails. This means that you must first become a medical doctor, then do a post-graduate degree to specialise in this area of expertise. But where can you study dermatology in SA?


If you are considering pursuing this career path then you should understand that your duties and responsibilities may involve conducting complete skin examinations, recording patients' health histories.

You may also have to diagnose and treat skin conditions such as skin cancer, warts, athlete's foot, fungal infections, eczema, acne, dermatitis and a disease called psoriasis. 

Dermatologists also carry out skin surgeries for either clinical reasons (eg removal of unsightly or cancerous growths) or for cosmetic reasons (e.g. removal of a mole).

Before starting your post-graduate study for specialisation as a dermatologist, you must possess a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBChB) degree for 2 years. An additional requirement is you must be registered as a medical doctor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa for 1 year.

These are the South African universities that offer a postgraduate degree in dermatology or 4 year Master in Medicine (Dermatology)

  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of the Free State
  • University of KZN
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of the Witwatersrand

Click here to read more about these institutions.

In terms of designation, the qualification is awarded by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Only then can you use the title Dermatologist behind your name.

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