Diploma in Trichology




As revised 17-3-2017



Are you a prospective candidate wishing to study Pure-Trichology at a high academic level?

We offer this diploma course in Pure-Trichology (the science of Human Scalp & Hair in health, disease and distress) to candidates worldwide who possess a command of the English language. A similar course is available in South Korea (indigenous language) - see KSHI.  

TTS does not get involved in funding options, however it does offer candidates the opportunity to pay monthly at no additional cost - see Course fees

This Open University style course provides the vehicle to qualification as a Trichologist within the parameters of TTS (The Trichological Society). Graduands will be elected to Licentiateship and be entitled to use the post-nominal letters LTTS.   Graduates of this course pay reasonable annual subscriptions to TTS (a not-for-profit professional association) and receive a listing on its celebrated Portal, and an ongoing advice service.

It must be stated at the onset that this diploma course is demanding for every candidate. Gaining the TTS Diploma (LTTS) which is set at the highest academic standard within this discipline - worldwide, will require determination and tenacity.
We accept candidates who demonstrate the determination to gain this qualification. Each will be assigned a College appointed Mentor to whom any problems, difficulties or other questions may be addressed.
The College accepts that some candidates will take longer to research and present essays at the standard required and therefore will offer certain concessions if the candidate is content to pay for the extended course that results.  

This academic course is extensively written but possesses a practical element also.  Details of the curriculum and current syllabus follow.   As hair science is an area of continuing research, updates, additions and changes may occur at any time:



The predominantly academic part of this course is conducted from the student's own home by distance learning.
All correspondence (including essays etc) should be transmitted to a Mentor via email, therefore an efficient computer equipped for internet and email is essential.
Each of the topics within the syllabus should be researched using carefully chosen Internet resources and recommended textbooks (see bottom of the page), written up as  'academic standard essays in the student's own words' and submitted via e-mail to his/her Mentor. All medical or scientific words / phrases / abbreviations must be explained as the work progresses in order to convince the examiner that the content is fully understood.
All essays are marked/corrected by independent medical/scientific academics. 
Plagiarism is unacceptable and if discovered (via routine testing) will lead to the immediate termination of a studentship without refunding.
Opinions, graphics, photographs or any material sourced from texts or internet page must be referenced in the obligatory bibliography. Too much well presented information is never criticised. 'A diagram or picture can paint a thousand words.' Appraisal of essays: The College undertakes to mark and return up to 20 essays per annum at the rate of two per month during its 10 month academic year (August and December are vacational months).

It is essential that essays are received by the College for dispatch to independent examiners on the 7th and 21st days of each month.  

The written course work is programmed to take 3 years.


Candidates are required to research,  write-up and submit 20 essays per year (2 per month excluding August and December).

Starred (*) topics in the syllabus generally attract short answers, therefore two or three starred (*) topics may be submitted as one of the two permitted essays in any month.  All essays must include a comprehensive bibliography.  

Essays submitted late will not be sent for marking until the next due date (no exceptions will be made).  In such a situation the candidate will loose one of the two essays allowed in that month -  this will mean extra time will be necessary to complete the course.    If an examiner’s comment (in red type at the foot of the essay) indicates that an essay should be supplemented or re-written, it should be expedited as a matter of priority and the essay submitted at the next appropriate date.
As a re-presented essay will take an equal amount of the examiner's time for which the College will be charged it will take the place of a new essay (one of the two allowed that month) and the caused competition time will of necessity be extended accordingly.

Whereas history shows that 96% of candidates have been articulate dedicated individuals who present their essays on time, there are those who do not. The College is unable to operate successfully at the low costs it imposes if this behaviour becomes accepted practice. 

It must be firmly understood that no allowances will be made for failure to accede to this essential requirement.  Where a candidate faces extenuating circumstances which prevent this, the College must be informed immediately so that the course can be interrupted at that point in time. Resumption of courses following emergency interruption will usually be possible but not necessarily immediately.  Where a candidate chooses to omit presenting an essay on the appropriate date it will be his/her personal loss as there is no entitlement to catch-up by presenting more than 2 essays per month thereafter - this will therefore prevent completion of the course within 36 months.  Whereas course extensions can be granted, additional fees will be required (currently £200 per month). 

Work is always examined for plagiarism which is illegal and therefore regarded seriously by examiners.  Repeated offenders will be dismissed from the course without refund.   

Word guides are not generally given because written material will vary in length according to the individual student's vocabulary and composition style. However the importance of including all relevant data and points of interest cannot be overstated.  Omissions may result in the examiner requesting additional work. 
If after the initial essays have been received it is felt that guidance would be advantageous, the College may send a limited number of sample essays.

The course requires that an essay for every topic listed herein be submitted and accepted by the College.  Accepted essays will collectively create the student's own personal 'textbook'. This material should be constantly reviewed as it will be used as a basis for the Viva part of the examination (held at the conclusion of the final year's study more usually in early May prior to the Graduation Day).


The clinical observation / practical experience is obtained at clinical centres (currently in UK) either by a number of one-day attendances or by less-frequent multi-day visits. Consultant Practitioners offering such valuable opportunities will be charging students £100 per day, which will include observing their practice layouts, and treatment techniques.  Candidates should however take special note of the paragraph on Clinical Experience Etiquette (below herein).  

Candidates have the opportunity of attending a successful clinic at Grays Inn Road, London for observation and practical experience in preparation for practice life after graduation - a fee of £100 per attendance applies.    

Prof Barry Stevens (head of College) also invites individual candidates to spend days with him at his Gidea Park practice for in depth academic tutorials - a fee based on £50 per hour (minimum 2 hours applies). This is especially useful as it provides opportunities to experience mock examinations. 

Each of these visits will generate a graded assessment covering all aspects of the student's attendance:  Punctuality, Appearance, Attitude, Knowledge, Patient Care, Hygiene, Communication, Professionalism etc. This will assist the Education Committee when considering a student's eligibility to take the final examinations. 



As from April 2017 it is a requirement that all graduates in trichology listed on TTS webpages must possess valid first aid certification to include; emergency life support, defibrillator training and CPR.  The College runs such courses conducted by independent licensed trainers. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  




During the Viva, examinees will be questioned on a wide range of subjects contained within their own catalogue of essays.  The examination will also include a practical demonstration of ability with consultation, diagnosis, prognosis and treatments (where applicable). Your future success as a professional in this discipline will depend on a thorough understanding of the subject gained by dedicated tenacious study now.  Please remember that researching and writing an essay is just the first step, understanding and memorising the content sufficiently to answer an examiners questions on it with accuracy and confidence must remain the principle objective as it will dictate success or failure.  




A prospective student c seeking enrollment should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an Application for Enrollment Form.

This will be sent by email.

On completion this is to be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email.

The College will then review the application and inform the applicant accordingly.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course to commence on any agreed month of the year (not August or December)

Having accepted the place, the student is required to pay a non-returnable registration fee of £125 within 5 days to secure it and guarantee that he/she will honour the reservation. This sum will be deducted from the first course fee paid. 

The Course fees are to be received by The College not less than 14 days prior to the commencement date.


It is to be understood that no refunds of academic fees will be considered where a student pays for and thereafter drops-out of or otherwise fails to complete any intended part of the course.




Fee - £7200 (£200 per month) - 2 essays required per month throughout (not August or December) 

Every essay must receive a credit.      



Usually 5 months duration.   



The Heart – the physiology and function of the heart together with a convincing overview of the cardiovascular system.

The Skeletal system – a detailed overview of the skeletal structure.  

A detailed description of the bones and muscles of the face and cranium. Mention the numerous fontanelle and their origins.

The Muscular system - a description of muscle types with detailed description of the muscles of the face and head.

The Renal System.

The Endocrine system. This will be an extensive work detailing the numerous hormones their function and effect. Mention any known affect on hair.

The Lymphatic System.  This work will include a detailed explanation of the location, physiology and function of the respective organs.

The Skin. This work will include a detailed explanation of its structure and function but will exclude any detailed description of the pilo-sebaceous follicle, nails and hair/skin diseases/deformities, which will each be the focus of future individual assignments.

The Hair. This extensive work will include a detailed morphology from conception, in-depth accounts of hair type (Afroid, Caucasoid Mongoloid) physical/ chemical structure, development, growth cycles (anagen, catagen, telogen and exogen) and follicular re-genesis, post puberty development, pigmentation, genetic factors, natural curl, density and other specific characteristics but exclude diseases which will each be the focus of future individual assignments.

The Nails include a detailed account of physical structure, growth cycles. Mention pigmentation and diseases (with photographs were possible).





2 years duration    

Many of the topics in this section will constitute major essays, which will take time to research effectively to satisfy TTS academic standards. Each of the following conditions/diseases must be researched appropriately, written up in the students's own words (including bibliography) and submitted to his/her assigned Mentor for marking and return (usually within 10 days). Plagiarism is forbidden in accordance with academic protocol.
Whereas the major component of this course is academic training it is also necessary that students undergo clinical experience days. You can request visits to your Mentor’s clinical practice and possibly others. Please arrange these directly with your Mentor. As from 1-6-2015 there will be a daily charge of £100 for such attendances which will include a one hour one-to-one conference with the presiding Consultant. As stated elsewhere herein a strict code of etiquette must be observed during all such visits. 
As many of the conditions listed within the syllabus are rare, it is unlikely that students will see live examples of them during practical sessions. The recommendation is therefore that the student researches and collects an extensive personal photographic library from which to become acquainted with the visual symptoms of all conditions/diseases. Dermatology textbooks which include clear photographs of hair / scalp disease are an investment.

Topics suffixed with a star (*) indicate that short explanations are expected - two or three such topics may be submitted as one  of the required two essays in any month.


Acne Necrotica Miliaris & Varioliformis*

Acne Keloid

Acquired progressive kinking.

Alopecia areata, totalis and universalis.

Androgenetic alopecia in males –include details and discussion regarding modern drug therapies, surgical hair replacement techniques, and non-surgical hair replacement.

Androgenic alopecia in females - include details and opinion on currently used drug therapies and suitability to surgical hair replacement. Discuss non-surgical replacement methods.

Bubble Hair Syndrome

Canities Leucotrichia Poliosis*

Eczema's - with special reference to scalp and effect on hair.

Effluvium's (anagen, telogen, loose anagen syndrome)


Folliculitis Decalvans

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

Hair Pigmentation Chemistry - Mention the chemistry, function and source of melanin, its distribution and the consequences of its absence.

Hair fall associated with fever

Hair fall associated with eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia nervosa)

Herpes (Shingles)

Hirsutism (include differential diagnosis with hypertrichosis)

Hypertrichosis (include reference to congenital hypertrichosis, congenital syndromes and metabolic disorders, prepubertal and X-linked hypertrichosis).

Idiopathic Trichoclasia*

Impetigo - with special reference to scalp and effect on hair

Lichen Planus (Planopilaris)

Lupus Erythematosus (discoid and systemic)

Malignant Melanomas - with special reference to scalp
Non-Melanoma skin cancers - with special reference to scalp



Nutrition and hair health.

Pediculus capitis - mention the body and pubic louse and discuss the treatments available

Pemphigus - with special reference to scalp.

Pityriasis ('Seborrhoeic dermatitis') with special reference to scalp and effect on hair. (Include graphic descriptions of each together with recommendations as to treatment regimes - include photos where possible.

Plica Polonica. 

Porphria (congenital or erythropoietic) and hypertrichosis

Post-natal alopecia

Pseudo-pelade (Brocq)

Psoriasis of the scalp

Dermatophytosis Capitis (Ringworm) with special reference to scalp and effect on hair. Include details of anthropophilic and zoophilic fungi, microspora, trichophyta, epidermophyta

Serum Ferritin, Serum Iron, Vitamin B12 and hair status

Thyroid functions and hair status - mention hair loss and changes in characteristics

Traction Alopecia


Trichorrhexis Nodosa

Trichomycosis Nodosa*









Uncombable hair syndrome*

Urticaria with special reference to scalp and effect on hair

Vitiligo with special reference to scalp and hair

Woolly Hair Syndrome



SUGGESTED TEXTBOOKS (confer with your Mentor)

Diseases of the Hair and Scalp (R Dawber)

Disorders of Hair Growth Diagnosis and Treatment by Elise A Olsen (2nd Edition)

Blume-Peytavi, U. at all. Hair Growth and Disorders. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 2008.


Please make full use of the Internet as the primary research facility.






Gray's Anatomy (Barnes & Noble).

The Illustrated Medical Dictionary (Harper Collins).
Please make full use of the Internet as your primary research facility.

 Diseases of the Hair and Scalp (R Dawber - Blackwell Science)


(one to be assigned to each student)
Each will be appropriately qualified and experienced.

 STUDY ASSISTANCE (via e-mail): Any reasonable time with the assigned Mentor - or withThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




  Usually 6 months duration. 



Detailed and extensive essays are required on the following topics.

Medicines:   An overview of OTC BTC POM medicines.  Include an in-depth description of the families of drugs (e.g. antibiotics, steroids, homeopathic, chemotherapeutic etc) together with details of any known responses relative or potentially relative to hair / scalp. 

Biochemistry: (explaining briefly the structure and function of cellular components in living organisms). The work should include an overview of the structure of amino-acids, carbohydrates, fungi and other micro-organisms, lipids, monomers, nucleic acids, polymers, proteins, vitamins. 

Bacilli: Demonstrate a clear understanding of staphylococci and streptococci. Mention other members of the Kingdom ‘Bacteria’.  Give examples of disease (especially to scalp follicles) associated with any of these and suggest appropriate action. (2 Credits)

Surfactants Chemistry: Demonstrate a clear understanding of the chemicals used in the manufacture of shampoos the labelling nomenclature describing content and the national laws governing their formulation and manufacture. Mention adverse reactions with hair or scalp 

Hair Processing: Demonstrate a clear understanding of the chemical and physical procedures viz bleaching, dying, permanent waving, hair relaxing, extensions, braiding corn-rowing etc involved in current hairdressing procedures. 

Hairdressing Observation - The student is required to spend a minimum of 10 certified hours within a reputable hair salon observing chemical procedures (relaxing, straightening, permanent-waving, colouring, blanching, highlighting, corn rowing, plaiting, hair-extensions etc). The follow up essay to provide detailed accounts + a potential damage assessment for each. Please note this must be arranged by the student personally. 

Hair Restoration Surgery - Observation time with a TTS Registered Doctor who specialises in these procedures - followed by a fully descriptive essay. (2 Credits) Overseas students who can only visit UK for the pre-examination week tutorials will not be required to present this essay prior to the examination.

Clinical protocol lectures:  Clinical management, Consultation procedures, Principles of diagnosis, Treatment regimes and other matters applicable to pure-trichologists in professional practice 




This part of the training involves clinical experience with actual patients and assisting with the day to day running of a successful clinical practice under the guidance of a qualified experienced Licentiate or Fellow of The Trichological Society.  Candidates residing in UK are  expected to attend a clinical / surgical practice occasionally throughout the course. Practitioners who offer such clinical experience days charge candidates £100 per day.  

Prof Stevens (Head of College) provides periods of one-to-one additional coaching in pure trichology / expert witness writing at a charge £100 of per hour.   

Overseas candidates will be expected (where possible) to attend a dermatology department in their locality, or attend UK trichology practices for one week per year of study.  Well illustrated dermatology textbooks are very helpful. The Registrar will be happy to discuss any problems you may have (UK 07742 336 337 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Whereas clinical experience is a requirement there are certain matters which must be firmly understood by the student when attending a practice:

The clinic to which the student has been invited will be privately operated and therefore the candidate must respect the etiquette imposed by the owner who will be a highly qualified respected practitioner. 

Candidates must reflect the dignity of the practice by adopting a conservative, smartly dressed demeanour (Jeans, unwashed or untidy hair, dirty finger nails or chipped varnish, obvious facial piercings etc are taboo).  The student is required to bring a smart well laundered white lab coat.

Candidates are there to observe and learn but are invitees only, the practice is essentially the Consultant's domain - not there to meet the candidate's demands. 

Candidates must not under any circumstances offer advice or opinions to patients or the consultant practitioner during consultations.

Candidates must never discuss a patient's diagnosis, condition or treatment other than in private with the Consultant. 

There will be occasions during the day for a one to one conference with the Consultant.  At all other times the candidate must be  unobtrusive and aware that patients generally do not welcome 'being gazed at without consent'.   





Subject to the performance of the course and at the College Committees discretion a candidate may be invited to attend the examination.

This examination will consist of:

An extensive Viva (verbal questions and answers exam) -  based on the individual student's coursework.

The execution of real-life trichology procedures (consultation, diagnosis, prognosis, discussion regarding treatment options and the performance of any recommended treatment) with new patients in the presence of examiners.

These examinations take place annually in May, prior to the Graduation Day ceremony.

 Prof. B Stevens is available to conduct a mock examination together with in-depth tutorials on an individual basis with a candidate at any time by arrangement.



THE PRESIDENT'S DAY (annually in May) 

This prestigious event offers an opportunity to meet with colleagues and other inspiring academics (old and new) and to attend the lectures presented. The lunch is good too. 

All UK candidates are required to attend these events. 



Graduands will have gained credits for all assignments and satisfied the Examiners at the end of course viva / voce  held in London during late April / early May prior to the Graduation Ceremony.



The President's Day & Graduation Ceremony is held annually at Hunton Park (Hertfordshire) - a delightful Queen Anne Mansion set in parkland. Graduands (wearing academic robes with the Red, White and Black hoods of TTS) receive their well-earned Diplomas from the President in the presence of Family and Friends. 


                                                          RDO BOOK AWARD (at the Graduation Ceremony)

The Robert D Olding Book Award. This is a valuable volume occasionally presented where a candidate has demonstrated an outstanding performance throughout the course. Such awards are occasional. 


 JOHN A HARWOOD CITATION (at the Graduation Ceremony) 

This citation is to be awarded annually in memory of the illustrious Founder and Past President
to the candidate who has made outstanding progress during the first year of his/her course. 



MENTORS will be appropriately qualified and experienced persons

                                  STUDY ASSISTANCE (via e-mail): Anytime with the assigned Mentor - or withThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This overview represents the updated syllabus (as at 7-4-2017).  As the science of pure trichology advances the College reserves the right to implement changes to the curriculum as appropriate. Students are therefore required to make regular reference to this page throughout their period of study.



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