Research course

Rheumatology

Institution
University of Nottingham · School of Medicine
Qualifications
PhDDMMPhilMSc by researchMRes

Entry requirements

Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification.

Months of entry

December, October, July, April, February

Course content

The main research interests are in osteoarthritis (OA), pain and crystal-associated arthritis. Principal types of study undertaken are: community-based epidemiological and genetic studies for associations, risk factors and outcomes for OA; gene-environmental interaction studies on knee and hip OA; community based clinical trials in OA and gout; laboratory investigation of angiogenesis and neurovascular factors involved in arthritis; and meta-analyses and evidence-based recommendations on diagnosis and management of OA and crystal arthritis.

We have dedicated office space and shared-user laboratory facilities in the Clinical Sciences Building on the City Hospital Campus; several large well-characterised cohorts of community participants with large joint OA and non-OA controls; and expanding repositories of sera, DNA and human joint tissues.

Current work includes: genome wide-scans and gene-environmental interaction studies in cohorts with OA; identification of possible new morphological risk factors for large joint OA and pain associated with OA; a large randomised clinical trial (RCT) examining the effectiveness of a nurse-led intervention for community-based patients with gout, and the effect size of placebo and contextual response in RCTs of fibromyalgia, OA and rheumatoid arthritis.

In 2009 Nottingham was awarded the status of the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Pain in Arthritis. The Centre opened in June 2010 and a linked series of basic and applied research that focuses on osteoarthritis pain is now underway in collaboration with other departments within the University. Rheumatology also is a collaborating department within the newly awarded Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Sports Injury and Osteoarthritis, which is based primarily in Nottingham and Oxford and will commence activities in 2013.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months

DM

full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MRes

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
postgraduate-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 115 951 5559