Taught course

Musculoskeletal Sciences

Queen Mary, University of London · William Harvey Research Institute

Entry requirements

You will usually need an upper second class Honours degree plus references from two academic/scientific referees. References should include details of your experience after graduation, and a critique of a research article which will be sent to you on request. Applicants wishing to study part-time must provide details of the services available in their unit for the research project. In addition, a written undertaking from your Head of Department is required to confirm that there is adequate time and there are appropriate facilities for you to complete the project.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides you with advanced knowledge and experience in musculoskeletal sciences through study and clinical observation. You will also complete a laboratory or clinical research project. This MSc is an ideal choice for scientists who wish to work at an advanced level in musculoskeletal sciences concentrating on rheumatology research.

The Centre for Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology is one of the leading rheumatology research centres in the UK, with a wide range of clinical and research interests. You will be based at the William Harvey Research Institute in Charterhouse Square, the largest pharmacological research unit in the UK. Clinical activity takes place at The London and Mile End Hospitals.

You will complete original research for your MSc as a full member of the laboratory and clinical research teams, working alongside clinicians, both in the laboratory and by observation in the clinic. The two year part-time option gives you the opportunity to complete the project at your own unit.

Excellent candidates may be offered the opportunity to continue on to a PhD.

Programme outline
Core module:

  • MSc Research Project

Compulsory modules:

  • Musculoskeletal Science
  • Inflammation and Immunology
  • Musculoskeletal Disease
  • Pharmacology of Musculoskeletal Disease
  • Research Methods
  • Study Design
  • Research Methods 2, in vitro
  • Research Methods 3, in vivo
  • Critical science

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Nina Ravic
44 (0)20 7882 3404