Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology (Online Delivery)

All physicians need to be familiar with rheumatologically related conditions. Having specialist knowledge in Rheumatology is an increasingly important role and extra responsibility of medical personnel. This Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology is aimed at health professionals who are interested in a leadership role including Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Occupational therapists, Pharmacists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

Run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, the Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Rheumatology. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Rheumatology. Once you have completed the PG Diploma you could progress to the MSc Rheumatology.

Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Years September On Line 8
Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years March On Line 8

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology course, you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the wide range of drug and therapeutics available to select the appropriate management choices for rheumatology patients in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate in depth knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis for therapeutics in rheumatology treatment.
  • Critically evaluate information on emerging treatment pathways, including drug and non-drug therapies for rheumatology.

Modules

  • Module 1 – Epidemiology, pathophysiology and scientific basis of Rheumatological disorders (20 credits)
  • Module 2 – Roles of allied healthcare professionals and the muti-disciplinary team in the treatment of Rheumatology patients (20 credits)
  • Module 3 – Drugs and therapeutics in management of Rheumatological conditions (20 credits)
  • Module 4 – Management of inflammatory arthritis (20 credits)
  • Module 5 – Connective tissue disease and vasculitis (20 credits)
  • Module 6 – Soft tissue disorders, degenerative arthritis and crystal arthropathies (20 credits)

Teaching

The learning environment will be provided through Moodle. You will have access to student services with Diploma MSc (Learna LTD). You will have access to all the online facilities in accordance with University of South Wales regulations.

Assessment

Assessments will be made by submission of written assignment (in the discussion forum), reflective portfolio, case report (group work) and final module examination (online test).

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Lecturers

The course is delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Rheumatology education:

Dr Julian Nash, Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Danny Clegg, Course Lead
Dr Charlotte Rawlings, Clinical Lecturer
Dr Steve Davies, Consultant Endocrinologist

Our tutors are recognised experts in Rheumatology education and are experienced in delivering online learning.

Admission to the course is typically through the a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) and/or relevant professional healthcare (e.g. doctor, nurse) qualifications. Those without recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

Further details can be obtained from Katie Lowe at info@diploma-msc.com or by visiting the Diploma MSc website.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2016 - July 2017 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £630  per 20 credits.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients in rheumatology.
  • Critically evaluate current research in rheumatology.
  • Apply a critical awareness of current issues affecting the care of patients undertaking rheumatology treatments.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of rheumatology that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations.

The course will enhance private practice and will help your career progression. The course provides you with a direct opportunity to improve patient care.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.