Bachelor of Dermal Sciences


Program Description


Enter a new and exciting industry with a Dermal Sciences degree at VU. Graduates provide competent, efficient and compassionate clinical care in the dermal profession.

This course helps you develop a comprehensive foundation knowledge in all areas of dermal science. You will learn the skills to perform safe and effective dermal treatments.

Dermal procedures covered include:

  • laser and light-based treatments
  • resurfacing procedures
  • lymphatic procedures.

You will also learn how to provide pre and post-operative care for clients who have undergone plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.

During the course, you will undertake clinical training in a variety of settings. You will learn to identify, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of clients undergoing dermal assessment and treatment for conditions such as:

  • wound healing
  • scarring
  • pre/post-operative skin care
  • fluid retention
  • inflammatory conditions
  • skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and rosacea
  • uneven skin tone and pigmentation
  • ageing or sun damaged skin
  • removal of excess hair, tattoos, skin tags, and leg veins.

The Dermal Sciences degree also provides a seamless transition from Vocational Education (TAFE) into the Higher Education qualification. It gives qualified beauty therapists the opportunity to establish and develop knowledge and skills in advanced dermal therapy treatments, and receive additional training such as para-medical dermal care.


The dermal therapies industry is growing rapidly as consumer demand increases. In response, our course is designed in collaboration with industry and the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians to include the latest technological developments, theory, and hands-on experience to ensure you work ready.

Job titles

  • Dermal therapist
  • Dermal clinician.

Organizations employing dermal therapy graduates

Dermal Therapists can work independently or hand-in-hand with reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons, dermatologists and general practitioners in clinics, medical practices, advanced beauty, and cosmetic settings.

Potential career opportunities include:

  • Working in plastic, cosmetic and dermatology medical practices
  • Working in dermal therapies clinics, performing aesthetic medical treatments, such as a laser, on clients
  • Work together with plastic and cosmetic surgeons as well as other healthcare and allied health professionals to enhance aesthetic outcomes in areas like cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Work in the vocational education sector as beauty educators
  • Conducting training for medical aesthetic companies.

Employment rates

You will be in high demand with this qualification, with an ageing population and the increasing popularity of cosmetic treatments in Australia.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Dermal Sciences, students are required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units;

  • 288 credit points of Core Professional Dermal Science studies.

In the fourth (4) Year of the second semester, students will have the option of completing either of the following units:

  • HBD4204 Group Research and Independent Project 2 (Capstone unit);

  • HIP4001 Interprofessional Practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify, evaluate and manage the physical, psychological and social needs of clients and members of the community undergoing dermal assessment and treatment, and apply problem-solving skills when planning and implementing out-of-clinic care;
2. Perform dermal skills and techniques within dermal protocols and exhibit knowledge of dermal science necessary for safe, efficient and effective practice within dermal clinic environments;
3. Interpret the dermal needs of clients and members of the community within a holistic framework and apply an integrated holistic approach in dermal practice;
4. Manage themselves effectively and safely as an independent practitioner and as a member of a health care team in a dermal environment;
5. Predict and respond effectively to relevant issues relating to socially and culturally diverse communities when providing dermal services;
6. Critically review current research and developments in dermal practice and evaluate their implications for dermal therapists and the profession.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

At Victoria University (VU), we want you to follow your passion and excel in the industry you’ve always dreamed of.

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