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MSc Clinical Rheumatology & Musculoskeletal Medicine / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2020

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following documents.

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English).
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • A personal statement - this should be a page in length and include:
    • why you want to undertake this course;
    • any relevant past experience and what you can bring to the course;
    • how this course fits into your future career plans;
    • any other relevant information.
  • Full CV including voluntary experience.
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

In addition to the application form and enclosures, all applicants should also include one page of A4 outlining your previous general medical and rheumatological experience, reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc and what you hope to have achieved by the end of it.

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, sent directly to . We are unable to consider your application if you have not provided all of the necessary documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

On receipt of all required supporting documentation your application will be reviewed by the relevant Course Director. Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Unless you already have a visa (either Tier 2, 4 or 5) that entitles you to be in the UK and study with us, you will not be able to take up any offer.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

For clinical placements, a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) check will be required for UK residents. Overseas students are required to provide a Police/Government Office Certificate of Good Conduct. This is usually completed once students have arrived at the University.

Please contact for further guidance.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.