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Rheumatology MSc, PG Dip

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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.


Key benefits

  • This course is designed to achieve excellence in patient-centred care, research and training.
  • The King's School of Medicine works closely with 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-centred research and training tomorrow's doctors.
  • Conveniently located at Guy's Hospital by London Bridge station and is readily accessible from London and the South East.
  • Flexible part-time study pathway with the option to study for an MSc or PG Diploma.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years PT, October to July.

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90/PGD 120

Course intake Approximately 18.

Course leaders

Dr James Galloway,

Further details

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

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine



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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


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.

Extra information

Course accreditation

MSc pathway follows The Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board Specialty Training Curriculum.


Year 1

Required Modules

Rheumatology MSc Pathway

Year one

Rheumatology Post Graduate Diploma Pathway

Year one

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:

Optional Modules

Year 2

Rheumatology MSc Pathway

Year two

Rheumatology Post Graduate Diploma Pathway

Year two

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

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal Selection is on the basis of application form and references.

Personal statement and supporting information

As on application form.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  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.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: N/A
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time UK fees: £4,725 p.a.- MSc (2017/18)* , £3,150 p.a - PG Dip (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,400 p.a. - MSc (2017/18)*, £7,600 p.a. - PG Dip (2017/18)*

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. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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


Next steps

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