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PgCert/PgDip/MSc Diabetes


Course Description

This course is for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists with an interest in diabetes care. It aims to develop the scientific basis for improvement in diabetes clinical practice and public health using robust epidemiological, evidence based and social science methodologies.

Diabetes is becoming an increasingly common condition amongst every population group, both in the developed and developing countries. It has a major impact on the physical, psychological and general wellbeing of individuals and their families. It can lead to disabilities, for example blindness, chronic morbidity, and mortality through heart disease, stroke and renal failure. Yet, there is evidence that effective treatment can increase life expectancy, reduce the risk of complications and even delay or prevent onset. This course will prepare you to take an evidence-based approach to diabetic care and will allow you to specialise in an area of your choice. It has been developed with clinical colleagues and blends the theoretical perspectives with practicalities of implementing an effective diabetic care programme. This course emphasises the effective use of multidisciplinary teams in problem solving and patient care.

The course is based at QMU, but there is opportunity to study the international dimension of diabetes and apply the principles to care in developing countries.

Teaching, learning and assessment

A range of student-centred e-learning methods including online tutorials are utilised. Your performance will be assessed by systematic reviews, presentations and posters.

Teaching hours and attendance

Both the full-time and part-time routes are taught by distance e-learning. The fulltime route allows the student to complete the online programme over one year and would probably be best suited for students in part-time employment. The part-time route allows you to space your studies out over a longer period of time to suit your needs and there is flexibility in which modules you undertake each year,
but on average you will be required to spend approximately 150 hours of study per module depending on credit rating.

Links with industry/professional bodies

All local Edinburgh hospitals have links to the course.

Modules

Compulsory modules 30 M level credits: Research Methods / Diabetes: Pathology, Physiology and Complications/Management of Diabetes and its complications
Elective modules
30 M level credits: Tissue Viability
15/30 M level credits: Developing Professional Practice Work-Based Learning
15 M level credits: Digital Literacies/ Epidemiology
If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Careers

Career prospects on completion of the course are likely to be within specialist teams, either within the acute or primary care sector. Opportunities also exist internationally. The new Diabetes National Service Framework Standards will also influence the services provided to diabetics. Graduates of this course will be in an excellent position to lead specialist multi-professional teams. There will also be opportunities in education and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates may also like to apply for study at higher degree (MPhil or PhD).

Successful graduates have gone on to undertake PhD research, employment in pharmaceutical companies and have gained work place promotion as physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

Quick Facts

The course is taught by consultant physicians, allied health professionals and nurses.

This is an evidence driven course.

Visit the PgCert/PgDip/MSc Diabetes page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Muhammad Asadullah Siddiqui

Before coming to QMU, I had studied and worked in my home country of Pakistan. I went to the University of Karachi, where I did a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. I went on to work as House Officer at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi, as a Medical Officer at Sheheryar Hospital and then as a Resident Medical Officer at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. In September 2006, I moved to the UK and studied for a PgDip Health Care Management at the College of Professional and Management Studies, Essex.

Throughout my clinical experience at the tertiary centre, I was fortunate to be able to provide for many needs and I have continually experienced the joy that comes from working to help others improve in their understanding and skill. My experience of working in a hospital convinced me of the fundamental importance of achieving optimal congruence between what clinicians must do in practice and the learning that must be fostered in their clinical practice. To this end, I have attempted to become involved as a learner at every level of health sciences and to continually strive through educational innovation to improve the clinical practice. I kept up-to-date with the latest research and work in medicine, especially diabetes and cardiology, by reading online versions of different journals and also attending different seminars & workshops. I realised that, as a clinician, I could provide services to the limited population but, in contrast as a researcher, I could serve for a wider population. Due to my lack of research knowledge and skills, I decided to get advanced research-based knowledge in the field of medicine and I decided to go to QMU.

On the course I gained advanced research-based knowledge from a variety of modules. Quarterly workshops and lectures from NHS consultants and management care personnel were excellent and enabled me to get involved in latest practice and developments. After the completion of research modules and metanalysis, I had a greater understanding of randomised control trials, ICH-GCP requirements, ethical approval and protocol requirements for conducting trials.

I owe much gratitude to Dr Thomas Carline, my supervisor and programme leader, for his support and advice.. QMU on the whole was very supportive and encouraging throughout course.
I am now studying for a PhD at QMU - my research title is The role of haematological markers and factors in predicting fistula maturation in diabetic patients with renal failure: An Exploratory Study".

(Student Profile)

Muhammad Asadullah Siddiqui

Before coming to QMU, I had studied and worked in my home country of Pakistan. I went to the University of Karachi, where I did a MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery). My first job on graduation was as House Officer (Medicine/Surgery) at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi. After that, I worked as a Medical Officer at Sheheryar Hospital, then as a Resident Medical Officer at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases.

I moved to the UK and completed a PgDip Health Care Management at the College of Professional and Management Studies. I came to QMU in October 2007 to begin a MSc Diabetes.

My experience of working in a hospital convinced me of the fundamental importance of achieving optimal congruence between what clinicians must do in practice and the learning that must be fostered in their clinical practice. To this end, I have attempted to become involved as a learner at every level of health science education and to continually strive through educational innovation to improve the clinical practice. I kept up-to-date with the latest research and work in medicine, especially diabetes and cardiology, by reading online versions of different journals and also attending different seminars & workshops. I realised that, as a clinician, I could provide services to the limited population but, in contrast as a researcher, I could serve for a wider population. Due to my lack of research knowledge and skills, I decided to get advanced research-based knowledge in the field of medicine and I decided to go to QMU.

Quarterly planned workshops and lectures from NHS consultants and management care personnel was an excellent part of the course and enabled me to get involved in latest practice and developments in the healthcare system. On the course I gained advanced research-based knowledge from a variety of modules. I also used Excel 2007, SPSS v. 16.1 and Revman 5.0 for statistical analysis of data in trials and meta-analysis. After the completion of research modules and metanalysis, I had a greater understanding of randomised control trials, ICH-GCP requirements, ethical approval and protocol requirements for conducting trials. I am now studying for a PhD at QMU - my research title is The Role of haematological markers and factors in predicting fistula maturation in diabetic patients with renal failure: An Exploratory Study".


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

An honours degree or equivalent in a health or health-related discipline.

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