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.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8

The Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology is designed to be practical and clinically focused, as all physicians need to be familiar with rheumatologically related conditions. Having specialist knowledge in the field of rheumatology is an increasingly important role and extra responsibility of medical personnel.

You will undertake six modules, each running over six weeks. The modules you will cover are as follows:

Module 1 - Rheumatology epidemiology and pathophysiology
Module 2 - Multidisciplinary treatment in rheumatology
Module 3 - Drugs and therapeutics in rheumatology
Module 4 - Diagnosis and management of inflammatory arthritis
Module 5 - Connective tissue disease and vasculitis
Module 6 - Soft tissue disorders, hyper mobility and other rheumatology conditions

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.

Teaching

The learning environment will be provided through Moodle. You will have access to student services with Diploma MSc. You will have 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.

Assessment

Each of the six modules have the same assessment format:

  • Academic Forum - 40%
  • Reflective Journal - 10%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Case based examination - 30%

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 Rizwan Rajak, Course Director

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

  
To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the English Language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
 

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

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

August 2021 - July 2022 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.

Please register and apply directly to the University for this course.   
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.