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Course content

Diabetes is a growing worldwide epidemic. Consequently, emphasis is placed on tackling this disease through all members of the multidisciplinary team.

The MSc Diabetes course provides a progression route for the postgraduate diabetes diploma course offered by the University.

This clinically-focussed online 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.

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What you will study


- Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Optional modules
- Professional Project
- Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University)

Learning and teaching methods

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

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.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The 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 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.

Assessment methods

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.

Visit the Diabetes (Online Delivery) (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!




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