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Rheumatology MSc/PG Dip



This part-time Rheumatology MSc aims to develop students’ understanding of the scientific basis and clinical practice in Rheumatology.  The programme develops the capacity to understand and critically evaluate research findings, enhances communication and management skills and fosters a multidisciplinary approach to rheumatological care.  Students are encouraged to publish work in peer-reviewed rheumatology journals.

Key benefits

  • Currently the only programme of its type available in London. It is a multidisciplinary programme designed to achieve excellence in patient centred care, research and training.

  • The School of Medicine, is closely aligned with its major NHS partner Trusts: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) and King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH) with the joint aims of excellence in patient-centered research and training tomorrow's doctors.

  • Conveniently located at Guy's Hospital by London Bridge station and is readily accessible for London and the South East.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years PT, October to July. The programme runs biennially.

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90/PGD 120

Course intake Approximately 18.

Course leaders

Dr James Galloway,

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

We invite applications from specialist registrars in rheumatology, GPs with a special interest, rheumatology specialty doctors, specialist nurses and other allied health professionals with appropriate and recognised qualifications/suitable experience.

Application procedure

Selection is on the basis of application form and references.

Personal statement and supporting information

As on application form.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 19th September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail


The programme covers the clinical and basic knowledge base of rheumatology in a modular structure:

  • Basic Concepts

  • Clinical & Molecular Genetics

  • Cell Biology

  • Basic Immunology & Autoimmunity Immunology

  • The Neuroendocrine System & its Relevance to Rheumatology

  • Haematology; Radiological Sciences & their application to Rheumatic Disease

  • Laboratory Techniques in Diagnosis

  • The Scientific Basis of Clinical Rheumatological Practice

  • Specific Rheumatological Diseases

  • Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics

  • Non-drug Therapies

  • Psycho-social and Economic Aspects of Rheumatoid Diseases Management Methods.

Students also undertake a research project.

Course purpose

To meet the needs of specialist training at pre-consultant level and development of doctors and other allied health professionals. To develop the following: understanding of the scientific basis and clinical practice of rheumatology; understanding and critical evaluation of research; undertaking a systematic review, designing and conducting a research project; communication and management skills; the ethos of a multidisciplinary approach to rheumatological care.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Lecture-based programme, on approximately 18 Wednesdays distributed throughout the academic year. Examination and assessment: Year one - MCQ examination (basic science), essay examination (basic science) and a literature review Year two - MCQ examination (clinical), essay examination (clinical) and a research project.



Career prospects

The majority of students continue to work in the NHS during study and use the programme for career development in the NHS.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU


Full time tuition fees - Overseas


Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc)

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£10,875 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc)

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 - Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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