Taught course

Clinical Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

You must be medically qualified with a relevant undergraduate medical degree, and have at least two to three years of general internal medical experience post-internship.

Alternatively, you must be an allied health professional working at a Band 6 or above, and have a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine (eg specialist nurse, physiotherapists, podiatry, occupational therapists)

Although previous rheumatology experience is desirable, it is not essential.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Clinical Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine course is designed for doctors who are pursuing a career in rheumatology or a related subject.

You will cover topics including:

  • 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.

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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 on a day release basis months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 5439