Rheumatology Courses Online


All physicians need to be familiar with rheumatologically related conditions. Having a specialist knowledge in rheumatology is an increasingly important role and extra responsibility of medical personnel.

Both our Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology and MSc in Rheumatology courses have been accredited by the RCGP. Our team of course authors and tutors are recognised experts and opinion leaders in their specialty areas; this fact, in conjunction with our affordable prices, promises a truly accessible course of the highest standard.

Both the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc courses are aimed at 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.

Subject Courses

Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology

Delivered over 1 year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma course is specially developed for busy health professionals. Formatted in 6 modules (120 credits), each of 6 weeks duration; the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

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MSc in Rheumatology

The MSc runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, the students then choose either the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project or an attendance based Independent Prescribing Module.

This is the only course offering the dual option to do either an independent prescribing or professional project.

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What is Rhematology?

Rheumatology is a multi-disciplined speciality and is the study of arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions and disorders which affect bones, joints, soft tissues and muscles. These affect all age groups. Organ systems can also be affected by a high number of musculoskeletal conditions.

Rheumatologists are physicians specialising in the diagnoses and treatment of people with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. A lot of rheumatologists also conduct research to investigate and determine the cause and better treatment of more than 200 related diseases. The diseases diagnosed or conditions managed by rheumatologists include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Back pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tendinitis

The path to becoming a rheumatologist for clinicians, paediatricians and other health professionals, involves post graduate training as well as experience in diagnosing and treating arthritis and other diseases which affect joints, muscles and bones.

As the number of aging patients who require specialist treatment continues to rise, there is an increasing demand for rheumatologists. Their work is often interlinked with other health professionals. GPs, nurses and other professionals working in the health sector are also coming across rheumatology related diseases and conditions more frequently. They therefore need to increase their knowledge in this field.

Application Deadline | 5th February 2021 |