Research course

Rheumatology

Institution
University of Nottingham · School of Medicine
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject; candidates are generally required to submit a research proposal with their applications.

Months of entry

September

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.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Community-based epidemiological and genetic studies for associations, risk factors and outcomes for OA; gene-environmental interaction studies on knee and hip OA; 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.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Medical School web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
Helen Richardson
Email
msctnir@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 115 823 1756