This course scheduled to take 24 months may of necessity be extended to include any delay or re-presentation of essays and any additional topics.

To enrol please e-mail the Registrar.

Trichology is the science of Human Scalp & Hair in health, disease and distressed circumstances. This course provides the vehicle to obtaining The Trichological Society’s Diploma in Pure-Trichology (with entitlement to use the post-nominal letters LTTS and the opportunity to be listed on its Portal).

The Society extends a welcome to medical practitioners and others with medical qualification and invites the examination of this training program.

Dermatologists / Surgeons are welcomed into subscription membership by TTS under the listing Physicians / Surgeons without further requirement. However, where a listing under Trichologists is sought the candidate is required to present a series of essays on the hair and scalp conditions / diseases (syllabus is provided below) and at the conclusion to submit to a viva examination held in London annually during May.


This course is primarily conducted by distance learning, employing internet and email facilities (an up-to-date computer equipped for internet and email is therefore an essential). Where possible attendances at local dermatology / trichology practices for observational study are encouraged and may be a necessity.

As a significant number of hair deformities / diseases exist, and many are rare, it is unlikely that live subjects suffering each will be available for study during the lifetime of this course. It is therefore a necessity that each participant in this course collects an extensive personal library of pictures from which to become familiar with each disease/condition.

The course is part-time and has 2 Sections, each must be completed fully. The course which takes 2 years requires that 20 essays are submitted during each academic year at a constant rate of 2 per month (except December and August). Essays are to be received by the College appointed Mentor on the 7th and 21st day of each of the 10 months of each academic year.  Each essay should be an extensive academic work (where possible containing pictures) which has been researched using Internet and textbooks.  All essays must be written in the author’s own words for submission (via e-mail) to the assigned Mentor (plagiarism testing is conducted). All essays relative to scalp and hair conditions/diseases must (where possible) include an aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis together with any recommendations as to treatment regimes. In the event that an examiner’s comments suggest further work is required on any essay, this should be carried out as a matter of priority. This study period can be extended if required (at additional cost relative to the extra time taken).

End of course Viva Voce and Practical Examinations are held in London usually during early May each year prior to the President’s Day / Graduation Day. 

A credit for each assignment essay (listed below) must be gained prior to the examination invitation. Any three starred* topics may be submitted as one essay. The Society does not mark more than 2 essays per month.

In the unlikely event that the required 2 essays per month are not submitted, or that the independent examiner requests additional information and     the re- presentation of an essay, the course completion date will be of necessity extended. In such a case the candidate will be charged for the additional time taken to complete the syllabus at the monthly rate in force at that time.


COURSE FEE £4800.00 – may be paid as £2400 per annum.  If preferred the course fees may be paid monthly £200 by Bank Direct Debit or PayPal (http://www.hairscientists.org/pay).

The course fee is based on its completion within a 24 month period.
The fee to the College includes the marking of 20 assignments per year at the rate of 2 per month (excluding December and August) and the examination., but exclude:
i)  Attendances at various recommended practices for observation (charges are £100 paid directly to the practitioner. Prof B Stevens charges £50 per hour for private tutorial visits to his practice.
ii)  Expenses involved with travel and hotels associated with visits to London UK for the examination.

Courses commence on the first day of any month by arrangement (not August or December).


A prospective student seeking enrolment should email The Registrar for an Application for Enrolment Form.

This will usually be sent by email.

On completion this is to be returned to The Registrar 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 the first day of any preferred month (not August or December).


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


Hair science is an area of continuing research, therefore there may be updates and additions to the syllabus at any time:

Too much well-presented information is never criticised. Diagrams / pictures are encouraged.  Words guides are not generally given because written material will vary in length according to individual composition styles. However the importance of including all relevant data and points of interest cannot be overstated.

An essay for each and every topic listed herein must be submitted. Each will attract credits and collectively create your own personal ‘textbook’ for future reference. Essays will also be used as a basis for the Viva examination usually held in London during early May prior to the President’s Day/Graduation day.


 HAIR and SCALP CONDITIONS (time allowed – 24 months)  Fee – £4800

Many of the topics in this section will constitute extensive essays which will take time to research effectively to satisfy TTS academic standards.
it is also important that you undergo some clinical experience. Where convenient students are always welcome at their mentor’s clinical practice in UK. Where distances are great and visits to UK are problematic, students are advised to gain some visual experiences from a local dermatology department.

As some of the conditions listed herein are rare, it is unlikely that students will see live examples of them during practical sessions. The recommendation is therefore that the student collects an extensive  photographic library from which to become acquainted with the visual symptoms of all conditions/diseases. Illustrated dermatology textbooks are therefore recommended.


Topics suffixed with a star * indicate that essays will generally be short. In these circumstances three such topics may be submitted as one essay.

1. 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 Dermatologists are excluded from this essay.

2. 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

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

4. Acne Necrotica Miliaris* & Varioliformis*

5. Acquired progressive kinking.

6. Alopecia areata, totalis and universalis.

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

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

9. Bubble Hair Syndrome

10. Canities* Leucotrichia* Poliosis*

11. Eczema’s – with special reference to scalp and effect on hair.

12. Effluvium’s (anagen, telogen, loose anagen syndrome)

13. Favus

14. Folliculitis Decalvans

15. Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

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

17. Hair fall associated with fever

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

19. Herpes (Shingles)

20. Hirsutism (include differential diagnosis with hypertrichosis)

21. Hyperkeratosis Cystica Follicularis*

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

23. Idiopathic Trichoclasia*

24. Impetigo – with special reference to scalp and effect on hair

25. Lichen Planus (Planopilaris)

26. Lupus Erythematosus (discoid and systemic)

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

28. Monilethrix*

29. Neurodermatitis

30. Nutrition and hair health

31. Pediculus capitis – mention the body and pubic louse and discuss the treatments available

32. Pemphigus – with special reference to scalp

33. 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.

34. Plica Polonica

35. Porphria (congenital or erythropoietic) and hypertrichosis

36. Post-natal alopecia

37. Pseudo-pelade (Brocq)

38. Psoriasis of the scalp

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

40. Serum Ferritin, Serum Iron, Vitamin B12 and hair status

41. Thyroid functions and hair status – mention hair loss and changes in characteristics

42. Traction Alopecia

43. Trichokinesis

44. Trichorrhexis Nodosa

45. Trichomycosis Nodosa*

46. Trichothiodystrophy

47. Trichoptilosis*

48. Trichonodosis*

49. Trichosporosis*

50. Trichotillomania* Trichophagy*

51. Trichotemnomania*

52. Trichoteiromania*

53. Uncombable hair syndrome*

54. Urticaria with special reference to scalp and effect on hair

55. Vitiligo with special reference to scalp and hair

56. Woolly Hair Syndrome

57. Cyclical hair growth changes associated with pregnancy.

58.  CCCA  Central Centrifugal Cicatizing Alopecia


Diseases of the Hair and Scalp (R Dawber) if available.

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

Blume-Peytavi, U. at all. Hair Growth and Disorders.

MENTORS (to be assigned)
Each will be appropriately qualified and experienced.

          STUDY ASSISTANCE (via e-mail): Anytime with the assigned Mentor – or with TTS Office.



Detailed  essays are required on the following topics.

Surfactants Chemistry: Demonstrate a clear understanding of the chemicals used in the manufacture of shampoos and the national laws governing their formulation and manufacture. Mention known 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. 

Hair Processing Observation (minimum 10 hours) The areas of interest are: chemical procedures including permanent waving, relaxing, straightening, bleaching and colouring techniques. Verification is required

Hair Restoration SurgeryObservation time with a surgeon who specialises in these procedures – followed by a fully descriptive essay. 


Overseas students will be expected (where possible) to attend a specialist clinical practice or dermatology department in their locality.  Well illustrated dermatology textbooks are highly recommended. The Registrar will be happy to discuss any problems you may have (UK 07742 336 337 or Registrar


Students who have completed the academic work and are considered to be of sufficient standard to enter the examination will be invited to do so.
The examinations take place each year in May, prior to the Graduation Day.  The Governors may as a special concession consider conducting an individual examination at another date.

The examination will consist of an extensive viva/voce examination based on the individual student’s coursework + the execution of real-life trichological procedures (consultation, diagnosis, prognosis, discussion regarding treatment options and the performance of any recommended treatment) with patients in the presence of one or more examiners. In the unlikely event of failure in the examination, or last minute cancellation for any reason,  a re-examination can be convened at the candidates expense.


The President’s Day & Graduation Ceremony is held annually in UK. Graduands (wearing the academic robes and colours of TTS) receive their 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  volume occasionally presented where a candidate has demonstrated an outstanding performance throughout the course.


MENTORS will be appropriately qualified and experienced persons

STUDY ASSISTANCE (via e-mail): Anytime with the assigned Mentor – or with TTS Office

This overview presents the current syllabus and course details (as revised May 2017). As the science of pure trichology advances The Trichological Society (College) reserves the right to implement changes to its courses and additions to the curriculum which may inadvertently extend the course. Candidates should therefore refer to this page from time to time.


Reasonably priced accommodation (to be funded by the student) is available at local Hotels.

We hope this overview has been helpful and informative.  Please address any questions to THE REGISTRAR

As the science of hair develops, additional topics may be added to the syllabus which will extend the course duration.
As with other academic institutions the College reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus at any time.  Candidates / Students are therefore required to make regular reference to these pages throughout the course and meet any additional requirements with understanding.

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