Doctor of Medicine [MD] in Dermatology Courses, Salary and Career

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Stream: Medicine

Duration: 3 Years

Course: General

Course Type: Post Graduation

Doctor of Medicine (abbreviated as M.D.) is a 3 year postgraduate terminal degree for medicine practitioners.The eligibility required to pursue the course is an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery) degree which represents the 1st (undergraduate) level of training required to be licensed as a physician, and to pursue the MD degree. A few institutes in India provide the course as a combination of 3 branches – MD in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy.

Top Institutes offering MD Dermatology are:

The average tuition fee charged in the country for the course can go up to INR 25 Lakh for private institutes, however, it is as low as INR 5, 000 for AIIMS.

MD Dermatology involves advanced study of skin- related diseases. Dermatology as a branch of medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases regarding skin, nails, and hair which include cancer, eczema, acne, psoriasis, skin allergies and nail infections. MD Dermatology course is certified by the Medical Council of India, which approves institutes in India offering courses like MBBS.

There are numerous career opportunities in the field of dermatology. A postgraduate in dermatology can seek career options in areas such as nursing homes, private or govt. hospitals, clinics and dispensaries. Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges. The remuneration is exceptionally high after a successful completion of MD degree, beginning from minimum 1-2 Lakh per month for a dermatologist.

MD Dermatology: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Name of the course M.D. in Dermatology
Course Level Post Graduate
Duration 3 years, full time
Stream Medicine
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility MBBS degree recognized by the Medical Council of India
Admission Process Based on results of the entrance examination (NEET) or personal interview in some cases
Average Course Fee INR 5K to 25 Lakh
Average Starting Salary INR 1 Lakh to 12 Lakh
Top Recruiting Companies Private hospitals such as Apollo Clinic, Fortis Hospital, Columbia Asia, Nova Specialty, Hiranandani Hospital, Manipal, Lilavati Hospital & Research Centre, Tata Memorial Hospital, Government hospitals, Private clinics

MD in Dermatology: What is it About?

Listed here are some of the primary objectives of the course:

  • To diagnose and manage common skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases and leprosy.
  • To manage efficiently all medical emergencies related with skin, leprosy and venereal disease.
  • To adopt preventive measures at individual and community levels against communicable and venereal diseases and leprosy.
  • To teach requisite knowledge and laboratory skills to other medical/ paramedical team members.
  • To adopt a compassionate attitude towards patients (and their families) under the one’s charge.
  • To evaluate and initiate investigation for solving problems relating to skin and venereal diseases and leprosy.

What is the difference between MD and MS?

Both these post graduate degrees are pursued only after an MBBS. The only difference is that MS (Master of Surgery) is a postgraduate degree in general surgery while MD is a postgraduate degree in general medicine. A candidate receives the MD degree after a successful completion of 3 years of study including both theoretical and practical aspects, in a pre-clinical or clinical subject of a non-surgical nature (e.g. Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Neurology and Anaesthesiology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gynaecology, Internal medicine, Paediatric, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Radio-Diagnosis, Pathology), whereas the candidate receives a MS degree in a clinical subject of a surgical nature (e.g. Paediatric surgery, Plastic surgery, Cardio-thoracic surgery, Urology, Cardiac surgery, Cosmetic surgery, ENT, Ophthalmology, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Orthopaedics).

MD Dermatology: Top Institutes 

Listed below are some of the best institutes in India that offer MD in Dermatology:

 1 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi 5,011 Candidates should have obtained a minimum aggregate score of 55% marks in all the MBBS/ BDS professional examination recognized by the Medical Council of India. Eligible candidates are called for an entrance test organized by AIIMS. The selection is based on merit obtained in the entrance test and the choice of discipline allocated on the basis of personal counseling. 
 2 Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh 10,000 MBBS degree as certified by the Medical council of India. Admission is based on rank secured in NEET. Candidates are also selected on the basis of merit, as determined by a test conducted by the West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS).
 3 Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) Puducherry 8,205 Candidates should have a MBBS degree recognized by the Medical Council of India. Admission is based on rank secured in NEET.
 4 Kasturba Medical College Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka 16,33,334 An MBBS degree recognized by the Medical Council of India. Admissions are based on the rank obtained in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).
 5 St. John’s Medical College Bengaluru, Karnataka 151,503 An MBBS degree recognized by the Medical Council of India. Selection is based on performance in NEET.
 6 Stanley Medical College (SMC) Chennai, Tamil Nadu 20,000 Graduation and a bachelor’s degree in Medicine (MBBS) from any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or State legislature in India. Admissions are based on the rank obtained in NEET.
 7 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 25,00,000 Candidates holding an MBBS degree are eligible to apply. Selection for admissions is based on the rank obtained in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
 8 Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh 32,265 An MBBS degree certified by the Medical Council of India. Admissions to MD/MS/PG Diploma courses under 50% State quota are made through NEET. AMU does not conduct any separate test for admission to the MD course.
 9 Assam Medical College Dibrugarh, Assam 25,000 Graduation and a bachelor’s degree in Medicine (MBBS) from any of the universities approved by the Medical Council of India. A relaxation of 5% in aggregate score for SC/ST candidates. Selection is based on the rank obtained in NEET PG.
 10 Jagadguru Jayadeva Murugarajendra Medical College (JJM Medical College) Davangere, Karnataka 501,600 An MBBS Degree from a MCI- recognized institution. Admission is based on marks obtained in NEET.

MD Dermatology: Eligibility 

Typically, to pursue an MD degree, candidates need to satisfy the eligibility criteria mentioned below:

  • Candidates should have obtained an MBBS Degree from an institution recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • Candidate should have completed a 1- year compulsory rotating internship after passing the final professional examination which is MBBS before 30th April of the academic year.

Candidates in possession of an MBBS degree or Provisional MBBS Pass Certificate recognized by the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, besides a permanent or provisional registration certificate of MBBS qualification issued by the Medical Council of India or State Medical Council and having completed 1 year of internship or/ are likely to complete the internship on or before 31st March or 31st April of the relevant year, may apply for NEET-PG through the online application system.

MD Dermatology: Admission Process

Admission to this course in various MD Dermatology colleges is based on a national level entrance examination-  National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) PG-  which is a single window entrance examination to MD/MS/PG diploma courses in medicine in India. Candidates who have secured the qualifying percentile for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are eligible.

NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY CUM ENTRANCE TEST (NEET) PG – NEET PG is an eligibility-cum-ranking examination, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for admission to MS/MD and PG Diploma courses in India in Medical/ Dental Colleges running with the approval of the Medical Council of India/ Dental Council of India. The exam fee for NEET-PG is INR 3,750 for general candidates and INR 2,750 for SC/ST/PWD/PH candidates. The examination is a computer based test 300 multiple choice questions exam delivered on computer based platform (CBT). The syllabus for the exam comprises of subjects/knowledge areas as per the Graduate Medical Education Regulations issued by Medical Council of India. The NEET PG is conducted in the month of December and the result is declared in January. Online registration begins in September and is open until October.

Academic Options after MD Dermatology Course

After obtaining the first postgraduate degree, i.e.MD/MS/DNB, one can go for further specialization in medical or surgical fields.

MD Dermatology: Syllabus and Course Description 

Subjects usually studied under this degree are Physiology, Bio Chemistry, Pathology, Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Infections, Bullous Disorders, Papulo Squamous, Connective Tissue Disorders, Vascular Disorders, Disorders of Appendages.

Subjects of Study
Dermatology – Fundamentals, Structure and Development of skin, and Biochemistry and Physiology of epidermis and its appendages Metabolic disorders
Venereology Allergic disorders
Leprosy AIDS
Dermatopathology Anatomy
Skin Diseases Genetics and Genodermatoses
Dermatology in relation to internal medicine Disorders of Nutrition and Metabolism
Nutritional diseases – protein and vitamin deficiencies Pigmentary Disorders

The curriculum involves the following:

  • Cutaneous Neoplasms Conference presentations
  • Collaboration with clinical disciplines
  • Weekly seminars for postgraduates and clinical lectures
  • Slide preparations
  • Cadaveric dissection
  • Training in paper publication
  • Financial assistance to attend conferences

Usually, institutes offering the course conduct 3 tests, out of which 2 are annual tests, and the 3rd test is conducted in the final year.

MD Dermatology: Career Prospects

MD Dermatology degree holders working as skin specialists are in great demand these days and these professionals are hired as Dermatologists in private hospitals, nursing homes or government dispensaries. Down the line after attaining considerable experience, dermatologists can set-up their own clinic for treating skin diseases. Since the demand for dermatologists is increasing gradually, career prospects are bright abroad also.

A fresh postgraduate of MD Dermatology courses in a central government hospital can earn around INR 60,000 to 75,000 per month. A senior position such as Professor or Department Head or Director fetches around INR 1.5 lakh per month. In the private sector, the pay package entirely depends on the doctor’s proficiency as well as the number of man-hours spent on the practice, and is generally over INR 35,000-  40,000 per month. Besides that, degree holders can start their own clinic and can practice privately. Dermatologists make an excellent remuneration between INR1.5 lakhs- 3 lakhs per annum in the beginning which can go up to INR 5 lacs per annum with gain in experience.

Employment Areas for MD in Dermatology:

  • Biomedical Companies
  • Health Centers
  • Medical Colleges
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals (Private and Government)
  • Medical Foundation/Trust
  • NGOs
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies
  • Research Areas
  • Private Practice

Listed here are some of the popular job positions offered to successful postgraduates of the discipline with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered.Annual Salary graph

Job Title Job Description Average Salary in INR
Dermatologist Dermatologists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat ailments of the skin and advise patients on achieving healthy and attractive skin. INR 12 to 13 Lacs
 Cosmetic Dermatologist  A Cosmetic Dermatologist is a dermatologist that specializes in aesthetic cosmetic issues as well as research. They provide medical and surgical treatments to people with problems such as bacterial or fungal infections, aging, acne, allergic reactions, unwanted hair, benign skin growths, and uneven skin pigmentation. INR 30 to 32 Lacs
 Surgical Dermatologist Surgical Dermatologists deals with the diagnosis and treatment of medically critical and cosmetic conditions of the skin, hair, nails, veins, mucous membranes and adjacent tissues by various surgical, reconstructive, cosmetic and non-surgical methods. The purpose of dermatologic surgery is to repair and/ or improve the function and cosmetic appearance of the skin tissue. INR 38 to 40 Lacs
Medical Dermatologist A Medical Dermatologist is dedicated to improving the care given to patients whose skin diseases or therapies have substantial systemic consequences, fostering research in medical dermatology, and assuring medical dermatology expertise in community and academic settings. INR 16 to 18 Lacs

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Dermatology) Fee Structure in India

5.83 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES30.70 L  (Maximum Fee)
3.39 L (Average Fee)
34.80 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES2.25 Cr (Maximum Fee)
72.38 L (Average Fee)

Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Dermatology) Fee Structure By state


12.66 L
34.80 KPrivate COLLEGES2.25 Cr
88.88 L

Delhi NCR

59.29 K
7.20 LPrivate COLLEGES1.65 Cr
86.10 L

Uttar Pradesh

61.78 K
7.20 LPrivate COLLEGES1.65 Cr
78.47 L

Madhya Pradesh

5.83 K
16.80 LPrivate COLLEGES57.52 L
41.62 L


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Doctorate of Medicine [MD] (Dermatology) Colleges IN INDIA

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Banaras Hindu University - [BHU]
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