This clinically-focused Masters in diabetes, run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, provides 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.
The diabetes course, delivered entirely online, is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver a first-rate diabetes service. You will gain experience of developing local guidelines, patient information literature or care pathways which will be part of their individual and group activities.
You will develop a greater confidence and understanding of the management of people with Diabetes through case studies and discussion and improve your critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.
The curriculum is based on the International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education produced by the International Diabetes Federation and meets the highest international standards for diabetes education.
Students progressing from the PG Diploma Diabetes course do the one-year MSc consisting of the following modules:
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:
The MSc in Diabetes is delivered by an innovative and experienced team who have an established international reputation in diabetes and medical education. You will develop problem-solving skills in preparation for leadership roles in the global context of diabetes care.
Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal module
MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.
Professional Project module
To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.
Students are expected in the first eight weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).
Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.
The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.
In module one you will be assessed on the same way as the Postgraduate Diploma, but over 12 weeks for the module rather than six.
Module two assessment is your findings in your professional project.
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.
Dr Karl New, USW
Entry to the one-year MSc Diabetes programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.
Students may apply for the Masters in Diabetes as a two-year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.
Please submit copies of the following with your application:
Places are limited so we recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.
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.
The MSc Diabetes qualification 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.
The course 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.