Taught course

Rheumatology Practice

Keele University · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

The programme is designed for experienced health and social care practitioners, involved in leading and developing Rheumatological and/or Musculoskeletal practice.

Potential/prospective students will normally:

  • Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body
  • Significant experience of the routine management of patients with rheumatological disorders
  • Have either a degree (at least second-class honours) or an equivalent professional qualification and appropriate experience

All students who have applied and meet the entry requirements will have a telephone interview with the Programme Lead.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

This programme will enable experienced clinical nurses and allied health professionals to manage the ongoing care of people with rheumatoid arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.

The programme will combine conceptual, theoretical and practical approaches to the study of rheumatology and musculoskeletal conditions and provide the opportunity for the student to develop skills and expertise to an advanced level.

The programme aims to enable students to:

  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical enquiry, analysis, and application of knowledge in their practice and to support innovations in health and social care.
  • Engage in effective clinical musculoskeletal examination.
  • Demonstrate the use and effect of medicines, and make decisions on drug administration based on research evidence.
  • Demonstrate the interplay between psycho-social issues and patient functioning, and develop assessment and management strategies that address these issues.
  • Promote the knowledge and skills required to be an effective clinical leader.
  • Engage in the research process and contribute to research within their practice.
  • Promote and enhance their skills in critical reflection, evaluation, professional decision making and leadership to inform best practice.
  • Promote effective collaborative, interdisciplinary and interagency working practices.

Information for international students

International students (working within the UK)

This programme is available to international students working in the UK. As an international student, you should have appropriate professional registration and meet the following NMC IELTS criteria: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/accepted-tests/

International students (working in their home country)

Please contact enquiries@keele.ac.uk for additional information.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The main academic venue for this course will be the Staffordshire Rheumatology Centre at the Haywood Hospital. Some elements of the course may involve working with patients at the Haywood Hospital (e.g. clinical assessment). You will also undertake modules at the Clinical Education Centre.

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