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Diabetes (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description

These programmes in Diabetes have been established to equip healthcare professionals who have an interest in diabetes with a sound knowledge of the subject. The course aims to offer knowledge and expertise in the pathophysiology and clinical management of diabetes.
The courses are a development of the Diabetes Research Unit which has an international reputation for teaching and research in diabetes. The programmes seek to encourage critical thinking and improve the understanding of diabetes and diabetes related topics. Students will be equipped not only with current factual knowledge but will also learn about strategies aimed at helping them consider how best to deal with future advances in therapy and management.
Special Features
2014 Introductory Lectures are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians.
Cardiff University is now recognised as a recommended e-Learning University in UAE.
Course Description - PgDip
The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes is a 2-year, part-time, distance learning course providing high quality diabetes education to healthcare professionals and is completed online. The Diploma consists of 6 modules, each lasting 10 weeks, to include 3 core modules and a selection of 3 out of the 9 optional modules. Full module lists can be found under Course Structure below.
Other components of the course:
Online material and case discussions help to introduce the key concepts of the modules, allowing course organisers and students to discuss the role of the subsequent online learning.
Group activity is aimed at developing students’ skills in generating and evaluating guidelines for the care of people with diabetes. For each module, students will work in small online groups focussing on various aspects of the subject. The group will develop a document and each individual will evaluate the work in relation to their own clinical care setting.
An online learning portfolio is used by students to record and reflect on the module as it progresses. Reflection is an important aspect of the course encouraging the clinicians to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module.
Real-life case problems are available for students to consider and answer. Explanations of the case problems are given and students will be expected to discuss the concepts being tested. Engagement in case problems is often highly motivational for students and perceived as being valid for their clinical work.
Summative assessments of case problems will be presented to directly test the clinical reasoning and knowledge taught during the module.
Online, threaded discussion groups facilitate conversation between students and tutors are an integral part of the course to allow students to be assessed on their contribution to and comprehension of the course material.
Introductory lectures are also held during each academic year of study. Attendance is not mandatory but strongly encouraged as it has been designed to give you a more holistic understanding of the topics and the course, as well as an opportunity to meet your fellow students and expert faculty. Our introductory lectures are usually held in Cardiff, Dubai and India, dates and exact locations are subject to confirmation. NB: Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, subsistence and other costs but there is no additional fee for currently registered Cardiff PgDip/MSc Diabetes students who attend the lectures.
Course Structure
Diploma Core Modules:
Principles of Diabetes
Management of Diabetes
Diabetes Complications
Diploma Optional Modules:
Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
Insulin Management
Self-Management & Diabetes in Primary Care
Pregnancy and Diabetes
Paediatric Diabetes
Diabetes Care in the Elderly
Inpatient Management of Diabetes
Insulin Pump
Diabetic Foot Disease

Students awarded a minimum of 60 credits, including a pass in both the Principles of Diabetes core module and the Management of Diabetes core module, plus a pass in any one other module listed above (core or optional), may be awarded the exit point award of PgCertificate in Diabetes.
All modules listed above are also available as standalone modules and may be run earlier than scheduled with sufficient demand. Please follow the relevant link for further information.
MSc Stage
The MSc in Diabetes is designed specifically for healthcare professionals who have completed the PgDip in Diabetes and wish to pursue further studies in this field.
The part-time, distance learning MSc runs over a period of 12 months. The MSc will begin with an introductory section (approx. 12 weeks) where candidates will be able to develop their knowledge and skills in analysis methodologies, critical appraisal and scientific writing. In keeping with PgDip teaching, the candidates will initially be in groups of 8 - 10, where learning can be facilitated by expert tutors.
After completing the 12 week introductory stage above, students will proceed to writing their Masters dissertation of up to 20,000 words over the remainder of the year. This can be in the form of either (a) primary data analysis using an existing dataset (to which either the student or the supervisor has access and all appropriate ethical and legal clearance to use), or (b) a systematic literature review with appraisal of published evidence, leading to guideline development.
Each student will have an individual supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the year. The student and supervisor will maintain regular contact either via the MSc website, or other means of communication as previously deemed appropriate by both (e.g. e-mail, teleconference, Skype).
Students will be expected to present a 2 page outline of the project by Week 8 of the introductory stage with final confirmation of project details with the supervisor by the end of Week 6 of the dissertation phase. The final dissertation will be submitted for marking by the end of the dissertation stage, with regular progress updates to be provided at set intervals in the interim.
Successful completion of the MSc programme will result in the award of 60 credits at Masters level. This is combined with 120 credits from the PgDip to lead to the award of an MSc in Diabetes from Cardiff University.

Visit the Diabetes (MSc/PgDip) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Phillip Leonard (MSc Genetic Counselling)

The MSc in Genetic Counselling allowed me to combine my scientific interests in genetics and medicine with professional training in counselling skills. The course is vital preparation for a career in genetic counselling. Cardiff is a lively, friendly and diverse student city, and the University provides superb resources to support postgraduates both academically and socially, not least the excellent Graduate Centre.

(Student Profile)

Shalini Sri Ranganatham (Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology)

"The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) offered me a PhD scholarship to study at Cardiff University. Having a PhD is a requirement in my academic field, and I am interested in learning more about my subject. I want to re-join my department in Sri Lanka and get involved with academic and clinical work, and to set up a paediatric clinical pharmacology unit based on what I learned here. Studying in Cardiff will give me all the possible opportunities to reach my goal to become an independent and self-directed academic. I feel like a 'knowledge bridge' between the university here and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka."


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Suitable for medical and allied healthcare practitioners, with clinical responsibility for individuals with diabetes, who will be future leaders and innovators in diabetes management in both primary and secondary care settings.Candidates should possess a degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing or relevant vocational qualification in a diabetes related clinical subject, in addition to satisfying the Cardiff University requirements for entry to postgraduate courses, including English Language requirements.It is also a course requirement that students have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

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