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Specialist Dermatologist

Dermatologists deal with all issues, diseases and problems related to our skin.  They treat and diagnose skin problems, from mild issues like sunburn to serious diseases like skin cancer.  As a dermatologist, you’ll conduct screenings and skin evaluations, while at the same time investigating your patient’s medical history to determine appropriate treatments. 

Dermatologists also perform biopsies to diagnose melanoma and perform skin surgery.

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

NSC or NC(v) with Bachelor’s Degree Pass

Degree: Bachelor of Medicine:

  1. • Theoretical training: 6 years.
  2. • Student internship: 1 year.
  3. • Community Service: 1 year

* Post-graduate study: 4 years specialisation: MMed (Dermatology)

Duration of study

4 Years Post Grad studies after completing the MBChB degree to obtain an MMed (Dermatology) degree.


Dermatologists have many opportunities for employment including:

  • State hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practice

Further Information

Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HSPCA)

Dermatology Society of South Africa

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