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.
The world prevalence of diabetes amongst adults is increasing year-on-year, making diabetes care one of the biggest medical challenges faced by healthcare professionals globally. This rising epidemic has increased the demand for services from personnel trained to deliver high quality care.
This part-time distance learning course will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to specialise in diabetes care. The course is based at the heart of NHS clinical services, and draws on the specialist knowledge of the experienced and high profile staff at the world-renowned Leicester Diabetes Centre and the University of Leicester.
The Leicester Diabetes Centre is a national and international centre of excellence and one of the largest facilities in Europe for conducting first class clinical research, dynamic clinical services and teaching in diabetes.
The Centre’s pioneering work has driven up standards in diabetes care worldwide, uncovered new insights about prevention and the impact of treatments, and added to the global evidence-base on a condition posing a major threat to world health. The results of its work have had an impact on local, national and international guidelines and recommendations. This video explores the latest work of Leicester Diabetes Centre.
Our course therefore combines the most topical thinking around clinical care and research with practical examples of how novel research and evidence-based diabetes care can be applied in real life clinical settings. The ongoing research published by the Centre means that the curriculum and all your course materials are relevant and based on the latest insights and understanding. You will also be taught by staff who are internationally recognised as pioneers in the field – Leicester Professors Melanie Davies and Kamlesh Khunti are listed in the top ten world leaders in diabetes care.
The course’s part-time, distance learning structure gives you the flexibility to fit study around your existing work commitments, meaning you can enhance your career prospects without having to leave employment. It is therefore ideal for healthcare professionals from either a primary or secondary care background who wish to specialise in diabetes. The course also allows you to 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.
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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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.
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* 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.
Learn from academic and clinical experts in the Leicester Diabetes Centre who have an international reputation for published research and are recognised global leaders in the field.
The course is based at the heart of NHS clinical services at the world-renowned Leicester Diabetes Centre. It is the largest facilities in Europe for research and teaching in diabetes serving a multi ethnic population. Their pioneering work has driven up standards and knowledge worldwide.
The University of Leicester has a world-renowned reputation. We are ranked in the top 20 in the world (and the top 5 in the UK) for clinical medicine, according to the 2020 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Our topical curriculum draws on the latest insights and research into diabetes. Option modules allow you to specialise in areas that are relevant to you and your practice.
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.