Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

Doctoral training

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Centre for Doctoral Training in Musculoskeletal Health and Pain in Ageing and Wellbeing


About us  

The new Centre for Doctoral Training in Musculoskeletal Health and Pain in Ageing and Wellbeing (CDT MHPAW) provides PhD training for clinical and non-clinical scientists. The CDT MHPAW is delivered and managed collaboratively by three Nottingham centres of research excellence; the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre of Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis.

Our overarching goal is to achieve patient benefit and research impact in musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. Our research mission is to pursue international excellence in multidisciplinary, translational research, thereby enhancing understanding of arthritis pain and improving its treatment, improving how our understanding of how ageing results in the loss of musculoskeletal function using this knowledge to intervene and minimise age-related musculoskeletal decline and disease and to improve the understanding of the effects of sport and exercise on joint health and osteoarthritis.

We have world class facilities and world leading investigators with multidisciplinary expertise in sport and exercise medicine and science, bone and cartilage biology, rheumatology, imaging, epidemiology and evidence based medicine, biobanks, preclinical modeling, orthopaedics, biomechanics, psychology, genetics, skeletal muscle physiology, metabolism and biochemistry, as well as education and training.  Using our world-class facilities and unrivalled expertise, we are committed to training the next generation of researchers, building capacity in this vital area, and ensuring older adults are able to enjoy rather than endure old age.


Why focus on professional development?

To build an international flagship centre of post graduate training that brings together research centres of excellence in musculoskeletal health research and that provides a tailored training platform to deliver the next generation of research leaders in musculoskeletal health increasing the UK's capacity for research in this important area of unmet clinical need.  

Current student information

  • Assessment milestones
  • International students 


Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre

Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research

School of Medicine

Graduate School

International Office

Arthritis Research UK

Why study with us?

  1. Our academics are leaders in the field of musculoskeletal health and pain
  2. We offer a tailored training programme, built around the individual training needs of the student and that is underpinned by the Research Development Framework further information
  3. Our students will be able to access generic training provided by the Graduate School, the School of Medicine, the N-Trans programme and the Faculty training programme, and Masters level taught programmes.
  4. Established connections to industry
  5. Opportunities for work experience and clinical placements
  6. Commitment to support international students further information 

The programme

  • Training Seminar programme can be found here
  • Induction events
  • Skills training
  • Masters level courses 

The team

Dr Roger Knaggs - School of Pharmacy and Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre

Dr Beth Phillips - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences and MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research 


Training Co-ordinator, Roger Knaggs

tel: +44(0)115 846 6382


Administrative Co-ordinator

tel: +44(0)115 82 31766

fax: +44(0)115 82 31757

Find out more

Link to core training programme

School of Medicine postgraduate training information







Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

Clinical Sciences Building
City Hospital
Nottingham, NG5 1PB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 1766 ext 31766
fax: +44 (0) 115 823 1757