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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Diabetes Care

Course Description

This course aims to provide a balance between theoretical and clinical skills and develop participants’ levels of critical enquiry so you can deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes.

It will also encourage critical thinking through participation in the simulation laboratory, group discussion and presentation.

It will, through an understanding of research methods, encourage the analysis of cutting-edge diabetes research data to develop standards and guidelines for best practice.

The course will develop an enhanced understanding of contemporary approach to diabetes care.

Key benefits:

• Understand the factors contributing to the current epidemic of diabetes nationally and internationally
• Support people from various cultural background to effectively manage their diabetes, prevent complications and lead a normal life
• Use evidence to develop and continually improve the quality of diabetes management

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/advanced-diabetes-care

Suitable for

Healthcare professionals with an undergraduate degree and an interest in diabetes care.

Programme details

In the UK as elsewhere in the world, the prevalence of diabetes has, according to the WHO and the IDF, reached epidemic proportion and projected to peak to 552 million by the year 2030. A person with diabetes potentially faces a reduced life expectancy of between 6-20 years. The irreversible micro-vascular complications resulting in damage to the eyes (retinopathy), the kidneys (nephropathy), the nerves (neuropathy) and macro-vascular complications namely cardio-vascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke) and insufficiency in blood flow to the legs lead are associated with considerable human, social, and economic costs, and accounts for 10% of the total health care resource expenditure in the UK.

This relentless diabetic epidemic means that its management is becoming a significant healthcare challenge in the UK and as it is worldwide. It is therefore imperative that health care professionals are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care and to empower people with diabetes to self-management.

The MSc in Diabetes Care will enable you to:

• Acquire specific skills in such areas as critical thinking, research methods and communication skills
• Develop your critical analytical skills
• Enable you to deliver high quality evidence-based care to empower people with diabetes to self-management


Teaching will take a blended format comprising of lectures, tutorials, group discussion, presentation and peer group critiques. Evaluation and debate will be ongoing during the process of information gathering, the testing of theoretical and practical ideas and the honing of all elements towards the end product.

Module titles

• Diagnosis, Classification and Prevention of Diabetes
• Therapeutic Advances in Diabetes and Self-Care Management
• Diabetes Complications and Management in Marginalised Groups
• Research Methods
• Dissertation


You will be assessed through:

• Written assignment
• Practical work in Simulation Laboratory and reflection
• Presentation
• Written dissertation

Career potential

This course could lead on to employment in practice, management and education or research in the UK and overseas.
As a Diabetes Specialist Nurse (DSN), you can work in various sectors of the health service or progress into the field of research. Alternatively, you could choose to enter academia as a lecturer, lecturer-practitioner or diabetes nurse consultant.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Diabetes Care page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants to this course should have:A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK University, normally an upper 2nd or above degree in an appropriate subject;An equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6;A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate from a UK University.

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