Rheumatology Practice (entry alternate years) - MSc
- Mode of study
- Part time
- Entry months
- Duration of Study
- 3-5 years
- Subject Area
- FEES (2022/23 academic year)
- UK - PT £3,400
This programme will enable experienced clinical nurses and allied health professionals to manage the ongoing care of people with rheumatoid arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
About the course
The programme will combine conceptual, theoretical and practical approaches to the study of rheumatology and musculoskeletal conditions and provide the opportunity for the student to develop skills and expertise to an advanced level.
The programme aims to enable students to:
- Demonstrate the capacity for critical enquiry, analysis, and application of knowledge in their practice and to support innovations in health and social care
- Engage in effective clinical musculoskeletal examination.
- Demonstrate the use and effect of medicines, and make decisions on drug administration based on research evidence.
- Demonstrate the interplay between psycho-social issues and patient functioning, and develop assessment and management strategies that address these issues.
- Promote the knowledge and skills required to be an effective clinical leader.
- Engage in the research process and contribute to research within their practice.
- Promote and enhance their skills in critical reflection, evaluation, professional decision making and leadership to inform best practice.
- Promote effective collaborative, interdisciplinary and interagency working practices.
Modules will be taught through a mixture of lectures, interactive tutorials, problems-based learning, workshops, formal presentations and guided study. All students will be required to undertake a period of private study, equivalent to an average of eight hours a week. Course preparation and study for assessment requirements will be made explicit throughout.
As national and international students will be attending, the course will run over a number of short intensive blocks, each lasting two to five days. This pattern of teaching is compatible with sponsorship, enabling release from full-time employment to be managed whilst maintaining a full clinical role and providing protected time, outside direct teaching contact time, or paid work, for students’ private study. It has also been evaluated positively by those students whose geographical location is distant to the delivery centre.
Year 1 Modules
Year 2 Modules
How you'll be assessed
The methods of assessment used throughout the programme will be suitable to assess the intended learning outcomes and qualification descriptors, and will ensure their synthesis throughout the programme. Each module on the programme is formally assessed. A range of assessments will be used in the programme, including written assignments, presentations, OSCEs, written examinations and a research dissertation.
Academic entry requirements
The programme is designed for experienced health and social care practitioners, involved in leading and developing Rheumatological and/or Musculoskeletal practice.
Potential/prospective students will normally:
- Hold current first level Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body
- Significant experience of the routine management of patients with rheumatological disorders
- Have either a degree (at least second-class honours) or an equivalent professional qualification and appropriate experience
All students who have applied and meet the entry requirements will have a telephone interview with the Programme Lead.
International students (working within the UK)
This programme is available to international students working in the UK. As an international student, you should have appropriate professional registration and meet the following NMC IELTS criteria: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/accepted-tests/
International students (working in their home country)
Please contact the Programme Leader for additional information.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines, we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate course.
Scholarships and Funding
We are committed to rewarding excellence and potential. Please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries webpage for more information.
The Pat Grimsly Bursary is available to support the costs of undertaking the modules. For more information please contact the course director Prof Sarah Ryan email@example.com.
Planning your funding
It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in this case, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.
This course is led by Professor Sarah Ryan, a Professor of Rheumatology Nursing at the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This innovative post is partly funded by the Haywood Foundation, a local arthritis charity. Sarah's clinical role involves supporting patients to manage the physical and psychological impact of living with an inflammatory arthritis. Sarah is course director for the MSc in Rheumatology Practice at Keele University. Sarah’s research interests have focused on patient and professional education.
Sarah is also a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and has had 71 peer reviewed papers published, edited two books and written 17 book chapters on rheumatology related issues.
Sarah has had 12 project grants and her research interests are focused on patients and health professional education.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery utilises modern teaching facilities, including skills labs and the anatomy suite where appropriate, to enhance and support the student learning experience. All facilities are equipped with computers, internet access and projection equipment. Rooms are designed to be flexible and can be used for larger groups, also more informally for small groups working together.
The learning resources available to students on the programme include:
- An extensive collection of materials relevant to postgraduate study held in both the main University Library on Keele campus, and in the Health Library on the campus of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. A number of relevant journals are also accessible online to all registered students, and are accessible from anywhere in the world with a University username and password
- The Keele Learning Environment (KLE) provides easy access to a wide range of learning resources including lecture notes and presentations, discussion boards and blogs enabling students and tutors to discuss topics, all information about the programme and all modules, and other materials designed specifically for particular modules.
- Computers for student use are situated in both the Main Library, also in the Health Library.
The main academic venue for this course will be the Staffordshire Rheumatology Centre at the Haywood Hospital. Some elements of the course may involve working with patients at the Haywood Hospital (e.g. clinical assessment). You will also undertake modules at the Clinical Education Centre.