Clinical Rheumatology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 2.97 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 2.97 k / Year(s)  
51 place StudyQA ranking:3597 Duration:24 months

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The MSc in Clinical Rheumatology is designed for doctors who are aiming at a career in rheumatology or a related subject.

On successful completion of the two-year programme students will have demonstrated or be able to demonstrate:

* Specialist knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the practice of rheumatology, with particular respect to: * Aetiology and pathogenesis
* Epidemiology
* Diagnosis and management of the different forms of musculoskeletal disease
* The structure and function of joints and supporting tissues in health and when diseased


* Knowledge and understanding of the principles of clinical research methods including: * Clinical trials
* The development of measurement tools
* The design and conduct of observational studies


* The ability to read scientific papers critically

The knowledge and skills necessary to undertake, and write up, a piece of supervised research

Course aims The programme aims to:

* Develop students' knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the practice of rheumatology
* Enable students 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

Special features Location of teaching

Two of the course units are based at each of:

* Stopford Building (site of the Medical School) on the main university campus
* Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

One course unit is based at each of:

* North Manchester General Hospital
* Manchester Royal Infirmary

Module details

The programme consists of six taught course units:

* Basic Science
* Connective Tissue and Vasculitides
* Epidemiology
* Clinical Skills
* Spine and Bone
* Peripheral Joint Problems

Each course unit runs for six weeks with the formal teaching elements of lectures, seminars and demonstrations concentrated on Thursdays. Two course units are run in the first semester of each academic session and are examined in January, and one course unit is run in the second semester of each academic session and is examined in March.

Each course unit is separately assessed by a written examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) where appropriate.

The programme also includes sessions on research skills and a supervised research project. Students who complete the course units and dissertation to a satisfactory standard will qualify for the MSc.

Academic entry qualification overview: Successful applicants must be medically qualified with a relevant undergraduate medical degree, and have at least two to three years of general medical experience post qualification. Although previous rheumatology experience is desirable, it is not essential.English language: Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 paper based or 230 computer based.Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)
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