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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine Dermatology

Course type


Course Summary

This course is ideal for any of the following professionals: Surgical trainees who are applying for a National Training Number (NTN) to enter the specialty of plastic surgery and burns. Studying the course will not only give students sound knowledge of burn care in practice, but most importantly, will display dedication and enthusiasm towards the specialty, which can be very advantageous at the point of application; Doctors and Allied Health Care Professionals (AHPs) e.g. nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, who are already in the field/practising in burns and wish to improve their practice on burns units. For some AHP positions, having a Postgraduate degree is now mandatory for career progression within the clinical service framework; International professionals who do not have access to postgraduate burn care education in their own countries and would like to improve their practice utilising evidence based principles and further their knowledge relating to burn care.

Typical career paths include: National Training Number in plastic surgery and burns; Progression within clinical services. For those seeking promotion of any job advancement this degree will go a long way to helping this by enhancing their CV; Entry into academia. Distinction graduates of the programme may, upon course director/lead recommendation, be invited to contribute to the course and this may potentially help professionals pave an academic pathway.

The course aims and objectives are to: Provide an understanding of the structure and function of skin, the pathophysiology of burn wounds, inhalational injuries, the systemic response to burns, wound healing and scarring; Foster insight into the acute and long-term management of burn injuries, scar management, rehabilitation and reconstruction of burns; Provide a thorough foundation in the principles of burn anaesthesia, symptom management and burn critical care and highlight the importance of medicolegal and psychosocial aspects of burn practice; Enable understanding of the use of dressings and tissue-engineered products; Deliver the educational foundation for excellent burn care to physicians, surgeons and allied professionals practicing within the multidisciplinary burn team environment.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date



Fluid Resuscitation/Smoke Inhalation/Critical Care
Anaesthesia/Pain and Pruritus/Dressings and Skin Substitutes
Acute Burn Wound Care / Acute Surgery
Skin Structure and Function/Burn Pathophysiology

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have minimum of 12 months clinical experience within the relevant clinical area plus a degree or higher qualification in Medicine or healthcare related subjects such as Nursing and Healthcare, Dietetics and Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Work.

University information

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is a leading UK and International university and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of Universities. Its history goes back to 1785, when it was originally four different colleges which have merged over the years. The University was born in London, and has five campuses in the city, but has expanded to include campuses in China, Malta and Paris. It has 26,000 students and 4,500 members of staff,...more

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