In response to the global epidemic in obesity and diabetes the University of Glasgow has developed this MSc in Diabetes. To address the immense challenge presented by this disease, it is essential that the researchers and medical practitioners of tomorrow understand the cutting edge advances and technologies to tackle diabetes.
Why this programme
◾This is one of the only MSc in Diabetes programmes focused entirely on research rather than health care management. You will be taught by clinicians and scientists known for their world-class research. ◾The University has state-of-the-art research facilities to study obesity, metabolic disease and diabetes from the whole body to the molecular level and students will undertake a research project/dissertation in this area. ◾The University of Glasgow is expert in establishing disease-specific bioresources linked with routinely-acquired anonymised data from the National Health Service in Scotland. ◾The collective expertise within the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences spans a full range from molecular and biomarker/ “-omic” techniques through clinical investigation to population-level epidemiology, clinical trials and cardiovascular endpoint adjudication. ◾This Degree in Diabetes is ideal for those who aspire to build their future career in diabetes whether in the fields of basic research, medical practice, pharmaceutical industry, public health or nutrition. We aim to provide an excellent research training that will inspire and provide students with the confidence to join the global research effort in tackling diabetes. ◾Using world-leading experts and experienced and dedicated teaching staff, this programme aims to provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge of pathological mechanisms and methodologies used for studying diabetes as well as providing a firm grounding in generic research skills. ◾You will develop and enhance your skills in literature searching and critically evaluating relevant scientific evidence; application of knowledge to novel concepts and situations; experimental design; research methods and ethics; data handling and statistics; interpretation and evaluation of experimental data; scientific writing; and oral presentations. ◾The MSc Diabetes programme is taught predominantly at the new Teaching and Learning Centre on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus. This has state-of-the-art teaching facilities, Wi-Fi, computer clusters and cafe area. There is frequent convenient transport to this campus from the central University campus.
The MSc in Diabetes is a 12 month, full time programme. The programme is made up of eight compulsory courses, two are of 20 credits (one in each semester) and 6 are of 10 credits (four in the first semester and 2 in the second semester). In addition, students will select two optional 10 credit courses from a choice of six in the second semester. A dissertation/research project of 60 credits is undertaken to fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree. The taught courses will be undertaken in the period October to March during the academic session, with the dissertation commencing in June with submission in mid August.
To fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree, students must undertake an independent piece of research in the area of diabetes under the supervision of a project supervisor. Projects may take a number of different formats including a literature review, meta-analysis, data audit or secondary analysis, laboratory-based project, clinical/human volunteer based investigation. The student must then submit a report demonstrating an in-depth, critical understanding and evaluation of the project and deliver an oral presentation summarising their project.
Graduates may wish to pursue a career in diabetes clinical research entering clinical translational diabetes research or commercial industrial research. Other opportunities for diabetes specialists are available in education, public health and professions allied to medicine. The MSc Diabetes also provides an excellent basis to pursue PhD level research.
Diabetes - MSc
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