Diabetes

MSc, PGDip, PGCert, 9-27 months by distance learning

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst expanding your knowledge, skills and confidence in diabetes care to improve outcomes in patient care and personal career progression.

Course Description

The world prevalence of diabetes amongst adults is increasing year-on-year making diabetes care one of the biggest medical challenges faced by health care professionals globally. This rising epidemic has increased the demand for services from personnel trained to deliver high quality care. 

The Leicester Diabetes Centre now forms one of the largest facilities in Europe for conducting first class clinical research, dynamic clinical services and teaching in diabetes. On this distance learning course you will benefit from the specialist knowledge of the experienced and high profile academic staff from the Centre and the University of Leicester. The ongoing research published by the Leicester Diabetes Centre ensures that all the online materials you use will be relevant and up to date.

This degree comprises a range of modules, combining the most topical thinking around clinical care and research in adults with practical examples of how novel research and evidence-based diabetes care can be applied in real life, clinical settings.

The course is studied part-time; it allows you to develop your knowledge of diabetes care and choose topics in which to specialise. The core modules look at aspects of clinical presentation and management in diabetes with a further core module investigating injectable therapies. Option modules look at prevention of diabetes, foundation research and self-management and lifestyle behaviour change. You will become part of the Distance Learning Diabetes Community providing the opportunity for networking and sharing best practice.

The course will equip you with the knowledge, confidence and skills to specialise in diabetes care. 

Distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit study around existing work commitments and enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment. Our course is ideal for healthcare professionals who wish to specialise in diabetes from either a primary or secondary care background.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.
Key Facts
Start date
April and October each year
Department
Health Sciences
Contact

Diabetes Distance Learning Team
sep-dl@le.ac.uk
+44 (0) 116 252 2612

Join us for a live online chat

Health Sciences website

Why Leicester?

The course is run by the University of Leicester and the Leicester Diabetes Centre, one of the largest facilities in Europe for research and teaching in diabetes serving a multi ethnic population.

Our priority is clinically relevant postgraduate and professional education of the highest quality, which allows our students to ultimately improve patient care.

The course benefits from academic and clinical experts in the Leicester Diabetes Centre who have an international reputation for published research.

The Department of Health Sciences at Leicester has approximately 140 academic, research, teaching, and support staff and around 100 taught postgraduate students.

Course Structure

MSc

MSc

If you study for an MSc, you will take five taught modules and write a dissertation.

Core modules

  • Clinical Presentation and Management of Diabetes
  • Injectable Therapies
  • Clinical Presentation and Management in Diabetes Complications and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Foundation Research

Option modules

  • Either: Prevention, Screening and Early Detection in Diabetes
  • Or: Self-management and Lifestyle Behaviour Change

Plus your dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

PGDip

PGDip

If you study for a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), you will take five taught modules.

Core modules

  • Clinical Presentation and Management of Diabetes
  • Injectable Therapies
  • Clinical Presentation and Management in Diabetes Complications and Cardiovascular Disease

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Prevention, Screening and Early Detection in Diabetes
  • Self-management and Lifestyle Behaviour Change
  • Foundation Research

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

PGCert

PGCert

If you study for a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), you will take two taught modules.

Core modules

  • Clinical Presentation and Management of Diabetes
  • Injectable Therapies

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 3 October 2016
Application deadline for October 2016: 26 September 2016

Start date: 3 April 2017
Application deadline for October 2016: 27 March 2017


Teaching and Assessment

Teaching will take place through online lectures, online tutorials, webinars, online demonstrations and podcasts, directed reading, online group discussion and online case studies.

All modules are assessed by a variety of methods, including written essays, discussion forums, short answer exams and reflective journals.

Entry Requirements

  • Medical or nursing degree or similar recognised professional qualification with a minimum of three years' clinical experience in the field of diabetes
  • Or: 2:1 degree in biological, health or social sciences. You must be able to demonstrate relevant experience in diabetes either through a formal interview process or references. Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree may be considered.
  • Or: extensive experience in health or social care research or management, preferably in the field of diabetes; or extensive prior clinical/medical training, preferably in the field of diabetes. You must be able to demonstrate relevant experience in diabetes either through a formal interview process and or references

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

For the MSc or PGDip, you can transfer up to 60 credits of APL from the last three years (up to five years may be considered at the discretion of the programme team). Recognised credits must be at level 7, awarded by a UK university or NAAC-listed institution in a diabetes-related subject

Any successful APL may reduce the number of modules you need to complete the course, reducing your total period of study and potentially leading to a reduction in your fee. All APL is at the discretion of the course director and will be considered at application stage. All certification should be submitted at this point.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

 

International Qualifications

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Fees for UK/EU students

    • MSc: £9,310
    • PGDip: £6,207
    • PGCert: £3,103 

    Your fee may be reduced if you supply evidence of appropriate APL (see Entry Requirements).

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility? (MSc only; not available for PGDip or PGCert.)

     

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Fees for international (non-EU) students

    • MSc: £9,310
    • PGDip: £6,207
    • PGCert: £3,103 

    Your fee may be reduced if you supply evidence of appropriate APL (see Entry Requirements).

Career Opportunities

Diabetes is affecting people across the world in epidemic proportions. It is therefore an area that requires more and more experts in this field.

Successful students will have the skills to specialise in diabetes, which may lead to career progression.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

 

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Diabetes MSc 27 months by distance learning April and October each year Apply Now
Diabetes PGDip 18 months by distance learning April and October each year Apply Now
Diabetes PGCert 9 months by distance learning April and October each year Apply Now
Course
Diabetes
Qualification
MSc
Duration
27 months by distance learning
Start Dates
April and October each year
Availability
Course
Diabetes
Qualification
PGDip
Duration
18 months by distance learning
Start Dates
April and October each year
Availability
Course
Diabetes
Qualification
PGCert
Duration
9 months by distance learning
Start Dates
April and October each year
Availability