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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.
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.
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 email 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 is 02 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.
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.
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.
Please see the modules list for information.
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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£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)* (MSc)
£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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