Rheumatology MSc

Team: Rheumatology Team
In partnership with: University of South Wales

The MSc in Rheumatology provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology, designed for healthcare professionals interested in a leadership role in Rheumatology. Course Code: QMSP046

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Rheumatology MSc.

The MSc in Rheumatology runs over one calendar year. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then complete the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

Entry to the one year MSc in Rheumatology will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

The course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Rheumatology. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Rheumatology.

On completion of the course graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the wide range of drug and therapeutics available to select the appropriate management choices for rheumatology patients in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis for therapeutics in rheumatology treatment.
  • Critically evaluate information on emerging treatment pathways, including drug and non-drug therapies for rheumatology.

Course Structure

Aim of the module:
  • To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Rheumatology research.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Basic terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Basic statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
  • Methodologies as applied to rheumatology research.
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient.
  • Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.>
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Interpret research in rheumatology medicine.
  2. Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
  3. Implement evidence based practice into care.
Professional Project
Aim of the module:
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Synopsis of the module:

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice.

This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to recognise and implement good practice.
  3. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  4. Incorporated knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in rheumatology. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.


Module 2 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Rheumatology MSc will require successful completion of the Rheumatology Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Rheumatology MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£3,900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,250 £650
1st July 2020 £650
1st September 2020 £650
1st November 2020 £650
1st January 2021 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


MSc payment deadline: 24th September

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