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PGDip / MSc in Diabetes


Course Description

Diabetes Courses Online

Diploma MSc is a leading provider of online Diabetes courses. Working in conjunction with the University of South Wales, Diploma MSc offer 1 year part time Diabetes Diploma courses and Diabetes MSc courses that can be completed entirely online.

With a team of over 40 expert course tutors we deliver online Diabetes courses to the highest standard and at affordable prices.

Studying with Diploma MSc allows you to advance your career in Diabetes in your own time with 24/7 access through our online portal. The Diabetes Diploma course is for individuals who wish to have a greater understanding of the care of people with Diabetes, particularly General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Dieticians and Pharmaceutical Representatives.

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma

Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the PG Diploma course.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
qualification certificates
one written reference
English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) please see University of South Wales for further details

MSc

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this MSc Diabetes course online.

Applicants can also apply for our MSc qualification as a two-year course (undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in their first year).

Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
qualification certificates
one written reference

Diploma in Diabetes Course Information

Our Diploma in Diabetes course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and has been recognised by the International Diabetes Federation.

The online diabetes course is designed to be practical and clinically focused. On completion of the online Diploma in Diabetes, students have:

- a greater understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to the care of people with Diabetes.
- experience of developing local guidelines, patient information literature or care pathways which will be part of their individual and group activities.
- a greater confidence and understanding of the management of people with Diabetes through case studies and discussion.
- improved critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.
- applicants will typically be health professionals who have a day to day exposure to people with Diabetes. They may be part of a team which delivers care, a leader of that team or an individual who treats people with Diabetes.

The Diabetes Diploma course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who might manage people with Diabetes and is particularly relevant to:

General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Dieticians and Pharmaceutical Representatives

Course Structure

The postgraduate Diabetes Diploma course is based on the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Curriculum for Diabetes health professional education. The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Module 1 - Principles of Diabetes
Module 2 - Approaches to Care
Module 3 - Promoting Self Care
Module 4 - Management of Diabetes
Module 5 - Complications (microvascular)
Module 6 - Complications (macrovascular)
Assessment

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%
Teaching Methods

The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

Scientific writing.
Levels of evidence.
Harvard referencing.
Reflective writing.
The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

Students are not required to attend the lectures, however those who do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides.

Diabetes MSc Course Information

This Diabetes MSc course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and has been recognised by the International Diabetes Federation.

The Diabetes MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diabetes Diploma course offered by the University.

The MSc in Diabetes runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies.

Diabetes MSc Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)
Module 2 - Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module
Teaching Methods

Students are expected in the first 8 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.

Visit the PGDip / MSc in Diabetes page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dr Annabel Dsouza Sekar

3798.png Why did you choose to study Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes at the University of South Wales?

I chose to study the PG Diploma in Diabetes at the University of South Wales for the following reasons:

The syllabus was in keeping with that of the IDF.
The course was of one-year duration as compared to the 2-years that most other courses offered.
The fee was affordable for me since I come from a developing country and had to pay the entire fees on my own without any funding or scholarship.
The department staff made me feel extremely comfortable during my enquiries and I was able to decide upon this University after experiencing their support during my search for a course.

How did you find the online learning?

The online experience was truly great. As far as access and availability of material was concerned, I had absolutely no problem and the entire course was completely trouble-free.

The web pages too were easy to access and very user-friendly.

The tutors were very knowledgeable and supportive. I particularly liked the way they nudged us into learning what we needed to rather than imposing themselves upon us. They put forth questions that encouraged us to really search around and read up on a lot of related material.

At first, I was quite apprehensive since I came from a different background than the other batch mates who were mostly from the UK and SA. However, it was just a matter of a couple of weeks before I settled in and was absolutely comfortable from then onwards. Once more, the credit goes to the tutors who were so encouraging, even though my practices were quite different from those that were being discussed.

I was truly grateful for the social forum, which helped me get to know about my batch mates and feel comfortable with them even though I had never met them. It helped break the ice as far as I was concerned since most of the others had met each other during the contact classes. This automatically helped me feel more comfortable in the subject forum.

(Student Profile)

Gaynor Jones

3799.png Why did you choose to study Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes at the University of South Wales?

I have always studied at University of South Wales. I have always found the tutors very supportive. I chose distance learning as I felt that it best suited my needs at the time to fit in with my work/life commitments.

How did you find the online learning?

I found it extremely challenging and tiring but an interesting way of learning. Sharing experiences with other professionals from other countries was very interesting.

What was the highlight of the course?

Passing each module (so far).
Good team spirit all round.
Knowledgeable tutors.
Benefit of sharing experiences with multi-professional people.

(Student Profile)

Isaac Solane

3800.png Why did you choose to study Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes at the University of South Wales?

I think I was spurred on by the PGDip - Diabetes Course. So I thougth it best to continue empowering myself, within the Diabetes field.

How did you find the online learning?

The online learning has been fascinating, interesting but very challenging.It sort of compelled one to explore many avenues, in search of the relevant data,for the task at hand.

What was the highlight of the course?

Witnessing the manner in which the course has been co-ordinated, ie, being involved in a number of different activities: Postings, Group acvities, Individual Group activities and Individual portfolios, with all these running concurrently and therefore ensuring that the student always remained busy.

(Student Profile)

Dr Nirmalan Gopakumar

3801.png Why did you choose to study Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes at the University of South Wales?

This was a field in which I wanted to get the maximum benefit from a good and reputed University. I heard of this University from the net and also from some of my friends who undertook the course from Cardiff. I found the time frame of one year very attractive considering my age and time while at work. The teaching staff were good and reputed clinicians. The students also came from all over the world, making the interaction very informative from others cultural point of view.

How did you find the online learning?

It was so overwhelming at the start. Due to some technical problems I had to start 3 weeks late into the course. By then the course module discussions had galloped so far ahead, I was just unable to cope with the load. I had to opt for pulling out. But, the administrative team called me up in no time and coaxed me into suspending module 1 and rejoining module 2 when it opened.

The learning was as if in a class. There were plenty of healthy discussions and arguments which stimulated the way of thinking. It also helped me critically evaluate my way of studying, how to present the knowledge in one's own language. It also helped me to view others' viewpoints and how they criticised my viewpoints thereby improving my knowledge.

The learning also improved my skills at referencing and hunting for knowledge. The tutors set me literally running around from cover to cover in an effort to do better each time. All this was being marked based on the responses to the questions thrown by the others or the tutors.

I do agree the time was quite tight considering the depth of the subject. But, learning is a never ending process.

(Student Profile)

Jacqueline Gouws

3802.png Why did you choose to study Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes at the University of South Wales?

This is the only course available to study further in diabetes. We do not have such a course in South Africa. I like to study and required more information on diabetes. I like the fact that we are able to study the current literature in diabetes.

How did you find the online learning?

This was the most outstanding course I have ever completed. The pace is very fast and I had to get used to working in groups. It was brilliant and I have learned a magnificent amount of work.

What was the highlight of the course?

All the new information in every single module and I enjoyed doing the tasks.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, wishing to further their education who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales are eligible to apply for this course.Applicants can also enter the MSc programmes if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from another UK University, having successfully acquired 120 M level Credits.

Last Updated

12 April 2017

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