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The Rheumatology MSc/PG Dip course is a part-time study pathway that will develop your understanding of the scientific basis and clinical practice of 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. You are encouraged to publish work in peer-reviewed rheumatology journals.
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
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
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
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.
Selection is on the basis of application form and references.
As on application form.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
The programme covers the clinical and basic knowledge base of rheumatology in a modular structure:
Clinical & Molecular Genetics
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
Psycho-social and Economic Aspects of Rheumatoid Diseases Management Methods.
Students also undertake a research project.
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.
The Rheumatology MSc/PG Dip is a part-time course with 18 teaching days per annum. There are approximately 126 hours of taught contact with additional hours associated with assignment preparation, working with a supervisor and feedback. You are required to undertake compulsory NHS placements during the course. Additionally, there are revision seminars and workshops arranged, plus one-to-one support from a King's College academic.
You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. The taught component of the course is designed to be an introduction/overview to a large topic area. If you are studying at an MSc level, you will be expected to undertake further reading from a reading list and to have frequent contact with the Programme Director.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations and may typically expect assessment by:
The study times and assessment methods detailed above are typical and are designed to provide you with a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.
MSc pathway follows The Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board Specialty Training Curriculum.
Rheumatology MSc Pathway
Rheumatology Post Graduate Diploma Pathway
The majority of students continue to work in the NHS during study and use the programme for career development in the NHS.
Dr Sujith Subesinghe
This MSc perfectly complemented my clinical training as a rheumatologist. I was taught by leaders in the field and gained exposure to latest research developments which encouraged me to pursue further studies. I would definitely recommend the course to both rheumatologists and allied health professionals.
Dr Andrew Rutherford
This is a fantastic course for all with an interest in rheumatology. The taught module component provided an excellent grounding in evidence based rheumatology and gave me the perfect platform to pass my SCE (exit exam). The MSc stirred an interest in academic rheumatology and I am now undertaking a PHD at King's. The course was well organised and very responsive to the needs of the students.
The course not only enhanced my clinical knowledge but greatly enhanced my ability and confidence to undertake research. With so many lecturers being experts in their field, it is a great opportunity to learn from their considerable experience. Our cohort was truly multidisciplinary with registrars, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, and a general practitioner. It was great to learn from each other.
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£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)* (MSc)
£11,400 p.a. (2017/18)* (MSc)
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
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 UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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