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MSc in Diabetes

Course Description

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales.

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

The MSc 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.

Thereafter they are able to select either a professional project up to 10,500 words or there is an option (for home based eligible students) to complete the attendance based Independent Prescribing Module enabling those eligible nurses and pharmacists to become an Independent Prescriber as part of their MSc qualification. This is the only course offering this dual qualification.

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)

The course begins with 1 day of introductory lectures, held at Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales. These introductory lectures cover the framework of the course, its structure and students' expectations.

This module aims to prepare students academically to interpret, understand and utilise the appropriate research methodologies in Diabetes focused care. Students will:

Successfully recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research.
Understand, interpret and apply basic statistical and epidemiological terms.
Critically appraise the various study designs used in clinical, scientific and quantitative research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.
Interpret principles of qualitative research in the care of patients with Diabetes.

Module 2 - Professional Project

This module is designed to enable students to study a clinically related issue in greater depth relating to Diabetes. In particular the student will:

Develop an ability to critically appraise areas of healthcare practice and delivery.
Critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research, clinical governance and organisational practice.
Display skills in independent research and study.
Display skills relevant to independent production of scientific publications.
The professional project must be diabetes-related and relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise of:

Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.


Module 2 - Independent prescribing module

Appropriate for Healthcare professionals who wish to function at an extended and more autonomous level of practice as independent prescribers.

Teaching methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies in Diabetes

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

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 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.

Enrolment Dates

All our MSc courses are part-time, online courses delivered over 1 year.

The dates below are common to all our MSc courses.

September 2016 intake:

Deadline for applications: 12th August 2016
Introductory lectures: 26th August 2016
Online Course starts: 26th September 2016

Visit the 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.


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.

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