MSc Rheumatology (Online Delivery)

Having specialist knowledge in Rheumatology is an increasingly important role and extra responsibility of medical personnel. Our team of course authors and tutors are recognised experts and opinion leaders in their specialty areas. Run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, this MSc 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.

The online Masters course 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.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8

MSc: One-year duration

Students progressing from the PG Diploma course do the one-year MSc consisting of the following modules:


Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Rheumatology

Optional modules

  • Professional Project
  • Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University)

MSc: Two-year duration

Students who decide to enrol directly on to the MSc (rather than the PG Dip) will do the two-year version, which consists of the following modules:


  • Epidemiology, pathophysiology and scientific basis of Rheumatological disorders
  • Roles of allied healthcare professionals and the muti-disciplinary team in the treatment of Rheumatology patients
  • Drugs and therapeutics in management of Rheumatological conditions
  • Management of inflammatory arthritis
  • Connective tissue disease and vasculitis
  • Soft tissue disorders, degenerative arthritis and crystal arthropathies
  • Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal in Rheumatology

Optional modules 

  • Professional Project
  • Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University) 

On completion of the 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.


The learning environment will be provided through Moodle. You will have access to student services with Diploma MSc, and access to all the online facilities in accordance with University of South Wales regulations. The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.


Year One

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).

Year Two

You will again be assessed by written assignment, reflective portfolio, case report and final module examination. You will also be expected to produce a professional project (thesis), and an independent prescribing module comprising of work based learning, 2 essays, and 2 written examinations.


Students have the option to attend a series of pre-lectures before commencing the course. Students must complete an element of work-based learning.


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.


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
  • Danny Clegg, USW 

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

Entry to the one year MSc Rheumatology programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc as a two year course, completing all eight modules (180 credits).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application – qualification certificates and one written reference.

Further details can be obtained from the Diploma MSc website.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Travel costs (induction)
You have the option to attend the University for an induction
Independent Prescribing option: DBS cost optional if this module taken £57.20
If you opt to take the Independent Prescribing module rather than take the Professional Project, you will need to pay for an enhanced DBS. This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.

Please apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

On completion of the MSc Rheumatology 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 MSc Rheumatology 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.