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MSc Clinical Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine

University of Manchester

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    24 months

Course summary

Course description

Our MSc Clinical Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine course is designed for doctors/allied health professionals who are pursuing a career in rheumatology or a related subject.You will cover topics including:

aetiology and pathogenesis;
diagnosis and management of the different forms of musculoskeletal disease;
the structure and function of joints and supporting tissues in health and when diseased.

You will also gain an understanding of the principles of clinical research methods, including:

clinical trials;
developing measurement tools;
designing and conducting observational studies;
reading scientific papers critically.

In addition, you will build the knowledge and skills you need to carry out and write up a piece of supervised research.


This course aims to:

  • develop your knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the clinical practice of rheumatology;
  • enable you to contribute to rheumatology service development regionally and nationally;
  • provide experience in undertaking and analysing research;
  • emphasise the importance of research as a basis for evidence-based practice;
  • help you to gain skills required for scientific and clinical presentations.

Coursework and assessment

Each unit is separately assessed by a written examination and, where appropriate, by a clinical examination. In addition, as part of the preparation for the research project, a research skills teaching day is run each year. Students who complete the units and dissertation to a satisfactory standard will qualify for the MSc.

Career opportunities

Some of our graduates have continued their studies and gone on to complete a PhD at The University of Manchester.

There is a wide variety of possible areas of research from the broad spectrum of musculoskeletal disease. The majority of clinical trainees use their knowledge to augment their clinical training and, as the curriculum aligns with the rheumatology core curriculum, this MSc provides the tools required to pass the Specialty Certificate Examination in Rheumatology .

The MSc qualification can also be a useful tool for international students to carry back to their home country.

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University information

University of Manchester

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  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 35 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    182 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.68 74%



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