Bachelor of Health Science (Dermal Therapies)

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    This course has Online study components which includes mandatory attendance on-campus intensive practicum at the City Queen Campus.

  • Delivery mode:
    On campus and On-line
  • Duration:
    4 years full time or longer for part time

This is the world's only degree-level dermal therapies (the study of acute and chronic skin conditions) course offered by an English-speaking university. It is designed to provide you with the next step in your beauty therapy education.

It 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.

Please note: This course is offered to continuing students only. Please see the Bachelor of Dermal Sciences - the course which replaces the Bachelor of Health Science (Dermal Therapies).


Enter a new and exciting industry with this course in dermal therapies. You will be helping treat people with skin conditions, improve overall skin health, and undertake specialised treatments such as microdermabrasion, tattoo removal and scar reduction.

Job titles

  • Dermal therapist
  • Dermal clinician

Organisations 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.

Employment rates

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

The cosmetic surgery industry in Australia grew 5.3 per cent in 2012-13, with revenue of A$789 million (IBIS World market research).

Practical placements

Clinical practice at our Dermal Clinic is an important component of this course. You will gain hands-on experience to give you confidence and an industry edge.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

  • Provide an education so graduates have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively participate in Dermal therapies practice.
  • Prepare graduates for entry into the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters of Dermal Science
  • Provide an education which contributes to the individual's personal, professional and intellectual growth.

The area of dermal therapies, although relatively new, is expanding at a considerable rate. Recent global and western trends indicate that the beauty and dermal therapies areas are second only to the areas of hospitality and foods. Not only is there an increasing demand for services, but an increasing demand by industry, including from recent VU graduates, to improve the quality and quantity of trained graduates in the field. In addition, the interdisciplinary links amongst dermal therapists and those in the established basic sciences and health disciplines are strengthening sufficiently that the number of research publications in refereed journals in dermal therapies is also increasing. All these factors will ensure that dermal therapies will continue to grow as a professional field its own right.
The course in existence was originally developed about nine years ago. Over the years, technological advances in equipment and cosmetic products have been extensive and consumer demand (from an increasingly articulate client base for both services and training) is on the increase.

Course structure

The entire course is a four year program which includes the Diploma of Beauty Therapy. The Higher Education component of this four year program is three years. Those who have already completed a Diploma of Beauty Therapy or equivalent need only to complete the three year Higher Education component of the program. The course can be completed in full time mode or part time equivalent.

The first semester in the fourth year of the course, also gives students the option of choosing one of three elective options. This allows students a choice of electives that will best prepare them for their chosen career pathways.

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Year 4, Semester 1

One Elective from the list below:

Year 4, Semester 2

Admission requirements

  • TAFE: Successful completion of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SIB50110) or equivalent. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and complete an entrance test.
  • Mature: Successful completion of the Diploma of Beauty Therapy (SIB50110) or equivalent. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and complete an entrance test.

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