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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

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 course 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.


The course 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 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s and Denmark Hill campuses. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the choice of modules offered at the time. Clinical education is arranged in work-based placements in a variety of settings primarily in the Greater London area, although some placements are based further afield in the South East of England.

Extra information

Course accreditation

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

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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