Diabetes MSc, PGDip, PGCert, by distance learning, 9-24 months

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.

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Course description

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. 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.

Modules on this degree are also available as stand-alone CPD courses.

We also offer a Diabetes MSc on campus.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Second class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • Plus qualified professional status in medicine, nursing or other recognised healthcare profession
  • Plus at least two years' professional experience in a health or social care setting, preferably in the field of diabetes.

Because applications are treated on an individual basis, candidates with alternative qualifications and evidence of being able to study at a Masters degree level may be considered.

You must be able to demonstrate relevant experience in diabetes, whether through a written personal statement, a formal interview 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). For the PGCert you can transfer up to 30 credits of APL. 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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee, wherever in the world you live.

Starting in October 2018 or April 2019

  • MSc: £8,935
  • PGDip: £5,955
  • PGCert: £2,980

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

International Students

This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee, wherever in the world you live.

Starting in October 2018 or April 2019

  • MSc: £8,935
  • PGDip: £5,955
  • PGCert: £2,980

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

Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

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.

 

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Course structure

MSc

MSc

Core modules

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

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

Core modules

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

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

Core module

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

* These two modules are only available to students starting the PGCert course in April.

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.

Why Leicester?

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 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.

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

Teaching and learning

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.

Key dates

Start date: 1 October 2018
Application deadline for October 2018 start: 24 September 2018

Start date: 1 April 2019
Application deadline for April 2019 start: 25 March 2019

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Diabetes Qualification MSc Duration 24 months by distance learning Start Dates April and October each year Availability Apply Now
Course Diabetes Qualification PGDip Duration 16 months by distance learning Start Dates April and October each year Availability Apply Now
Course Diabetes Qualification PGCert Duration 9 months by distance learning Start Dates April and October each year Availability Apply Now