Rheumatology Online Courses

All physicians need to be familiar with rheumatologically related conditions. Having a specialist knowledge in rheumatology is an increasingly important role and extra responsibility of medical personnel.

Our team of course authors and tutors are recognised experts and opinion leaders in their specialty areas; this fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

Both the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc courses are aimed at Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Occupational Therapists and Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

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Meet the Programme Leader

Dr Rizwan Rajak

Dr Rizwan Rajak, MBBCh, MRCP, LLM
Current post: Clinical Lead for Osteoporosis and Bone Health and Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Croydon Health Service NHS Trust.

  • Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Clinical Excellence Award in 2017
  • Teaching Excellence Award in 2013
  • Co-lead in the development of the Early Inflammatory Arthritis service
  • Chair for the Medicines Management Committee and Medicines Safety Group at Croydon Health Services
  • Lead Clinical Tutor for Rheumatology at the University Hospital of Wales
  • Honorary Clinical Teacher at Cardiff University

Dr Rajek’s specialist training includes osteoporosis, early inflammatory arthritis, biological therapies, connective tissue disease/lupus, soft tissue rheumatism, and psoriatic arthritis/ankylosing spondylitis. He is committed to diagnosing and treating inflammatory arthritis early, to preserve joint health and prevent long term damage.

He is currently the Clinical Lead for Osteoporosis and Bone Health and Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Croydon Health Service NHS Trust. With the former, Dr Rajak has developed a multidisciplinary integrated bone health service with colleagues from multiple medical and surgical specialities. With the latter, he has formed a diagnostic and interventional service, also setting up a regional network in standardising scanning practice and training.

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I learned a great deal.

"I thoroughly enjoyed completing the PGd in Rheumatology. It was a simple platform and easy to understand. I learned a great deal from completing this. Thanks."

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"I really enjoyed my contribution there in the modules, teachers guidance and contents of the modules throughout the entire course. During modules activities, feedbacks from the most of the module tutors were really helpful in terms of upgrading my contribution to register higher scores. In MSc modules, especially in module-1, I had learned how to go through a review paper and how to make a new one in the category. In a single a word, I can describe my journey with the Diploma MSc Rheumatology, University of South Wales, UK 'splendid'."

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A wonderful learning experience

"It’s been a wonderful learning experience. One can always find time from his or her busy schedule for learning."

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Wonderful tutors and support team

"Fantastic Two Years With Diploma MSc Recommend everyone interested in Rheumatology to apply for it. Wonderful tutors and support team who helped me to achieve this. My special thanks to Dr Rizwan Rajak for his guidance."

Subject Courses

Rheumatology PgDip

Delivered over 1 year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma course is specially developed for busy health professionals. Formatted in 6 modules (120 credits), each of 6 weeks duration; the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

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Rheumatology MSc

The MSc runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 10- week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, the students then complete the professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

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What is Rhematology?

Rheumatology is a multi-disciplined speciality and is the study of arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions and disorders which affect bones, joints, soft tissues and muscles. These affect all age groups. Organ systems can also be affected by a high number of musculoskeletal conditions.

Rheumatologists are physicians specialising in the diagnoses and treatment of people with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. A lot of rheumatologists also conduct research to investigate and determine the cause and better treatment of more than 200 related diseases. The diseases diagnosed or conditions managed by rheumatologists include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Back pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tendinitis

The path to becoming a rheumatologist for clinicians, paediatricians and other health professionals, involves post graduate training as well as experience in diagnosing and treating arthritis and other diseases which affect joints, muscles and bones.

As the number of aging patients who require specialist treatment continues to rise, there is an increasing demand for rheumatologists. Their work is often interlinked with other health professionals. GPs, nurses and other professionals working in the health sector are also coming across rheumatology related diseases and conditions more frequently. They therefore need to increase their knowledge in this field.

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