MSc Diabetes (Online Delivery)

Diabetes is a growing worldwide epidemic. Consequently, emphasis is placed on tackling this disease through all members of the multidisciplinary team. The online MSc Diabetes course is run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc and provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes.

This clinically-focussed diabetes course is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver a first rate diabetes service. The curriculum is based on the International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education produced by the International Diabetes Federation and therefore meets the highest international standards for diabetes education.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Years September On Line 8
Part-time 2 Years September On Line 8

MSc: One-year duration

Students progressing from the PG Diploma Diabetes course do the one-year MSc consisting of the following modules:

  • Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Optional modules

  • Professional Project
  • Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University)

MSc: Two-year duration

Students who decide to enrol directly on to the MSc (rather than the PG Dip) will do the two-year version, which consists of the following modules:

  • Principles of Diabetes
  • Approaches to Care
  • Promoting Self Care
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Complications (1)
  • Complications (2)
  • Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Optional modules

  • Professional Project
  • Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University)


The diabetes course begins with an optional one day induction programme at the University’s Glyntaff campus, providing an overview of the course and the study skills required.

The Professional project involves writing up to 10,500 words on a practice issue. You will be assigned a supervisor to guide you. Students undertaking the Independent Prescribing module will need to attend the University as this is not taught online. This module will enable eligible nurses and pharmacists to become an Independent Prescriber as part of their MSc qualification.

The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.


You will be assessed online, apart from those undertaking the Independent Prescribing module. Assessments comprise of case-based examinations, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.


As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

  • First degree or equivalent (including international qualifications)
  • Health-related background
  • APL may be negotiated on an individual basis


This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this course.    

Admissions statement 

The diabetes course has direct relevance to the demands of working roles and will assist in career enhancement and support specialisation. It is envisaged that most students will be in diabetes-related posts or aspiring to such positions.

This specialist diabetes degree provides appropriate post qualification preparation for roles in diabetes specialist teams, diabetes specialist nursing, practice nursing and allied health professionals aiming to provide diabetes services in primary care. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies are keen to support their representatives in postgraduate education and this qualification will be perceived favourably in career progression and specialisation.

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