Bachelor of Dermal Sciences

VU course code: HBDS | CRICOS: 092158E | Level of study: Undergraduate
4 years
In person

Tuition fee per semester : AU$17,900

City Campus
24 February 2025


Equip yourself for an exciting career performing evidence-based skin treatments with a Bachelor of Dermal Sciences at Victoria University. 

Get qualified for a rewarding career in the rapidly-growing dermal therapies industry. With a dermal sciences degree, you’ll be empowered to better the lives of others by improving skin health and healing for a range of conditions.

Studying at VU means you’ll get practical, hands-on experience in our brand new state-of-the-art Dermal Clinic at our City Campus in the heart of Melbourne. Using the latest high-quality equipment and under the guidance of expert dermal clinicians, you’ll learn how to safely and efficiently perform:

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

Designed in collaboration with industry and the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians, VU’s Bachelor of Dermal Sciences is the only one of its kind in the country and will equip you with comprehensive knowledge in all areas of dermal science.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

If you've completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an exemption of English-language requirements.

In some cases, there may be additional entry requirements.

Learn more about entry requirements for international students.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Dermal Sciences, students are required to complete

  • 96 credit points of Core First Year College units
  • 288 credit points of Core Dermal Science units.


Fees & Scholarships

As an international student at Victoria University, you will be required to pay your tuition fees up front each semester.

There may be additional materials fees throughout your studies, depending on your chosen course, as well as an administrative fee as part of your course.

Victoria University is proud to support our international scholarship recipients and sponsored students.

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us (and didn't apply through an agent), you may be eligible for a 10% discount. Not available for single-package courses.

Find out how



Additional materials fees (Year 3)

HBD3004 Dermal Skills 2 - Small Wound Management Kit

HBD3103 Chemistry for Dermal Sciences - Chemistry Kit

Note: These kits are not included in your tuition fees, and must be purchased separately.


You’ll be in high demand as a qualified dermal clinician, as Australia’s population ages and cosmetic treatments continue to increase in popularity.

A Bachelor of Dermal Sciences qualifies you to work independently or collaboratively with reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons, dermatologists, skin cancer practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals and general practitioners in clinics, medical practices, advanced beauty and cosmetic settings.

You could work in:

  • plastic, cosmetic and dermatology medical practices
  • dermal therapies clinics, performing aesthetic medical treatments, such as laser, on clients
  • healthcare, along with allied health professionals to enhance aesthetic outcomes in areas such as cosmetic, plastic and re-constructive surgery, and in the prevention and early identification of skin cancers
  • the vocational-education sector as an educator conducting training for medical aesthetic companies.

Industry recognition

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for full membership of the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians.

This course is officially recognised by the Radiological Council (Government of Western Australia). It meets the prerequisites for a licence to perform hair removal and superficial cosmetic procedures (pigment and vascular treatments).