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. 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.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language, see entry requirements from your country .

As this course is only offered part time, we can only accept international applicants who will be able to support their own visas. Student visas cannot be issued for part-time courses.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
With NHS contract £4,875, no NHS contract £11,000 per annum

Self-arranged funding.

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