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MSc Diabetes Best Practice

Course Description

The UK faces a significant increase in the number of people affected by diabetes with over 700 new cases diagnosed each day and, by 2025, Diabetes UK estimates five million people will be living with the condition.

The global prevalence of diabetes is equally worrying, with the World Health Organization (WHO) predicting the condition to be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030, with the majority occurring in low and middle-income countries.

“Ensuring professionals have the skills and knowledge they need to deliver best care to people with diabetes is paramount.”
- Diabetes UK

Why study MSc Diabetes Best Practice?

Healthcare research consistently concludes there is a recognised need for specialist diabetes care both in the UK and internationally. Our modules are taught by leading experts in their fields from across the University and designed to equip workforces and individuals with the skills and knowledge to meet future diabetes healthcare demands. Our Masters programme is also aligned to the recommendations of WHO, Diabetes UK, the International Diabetes Federation, the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Who should study?

Our programme is suitable for clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals including GPs, hospital-based doctors, specialist and practice nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, paramedics, pharmacists, scientists and psychologists; who wish to develop skills in the diagnosis, treatment, psychology and management of diabetes.

What does our MSc provide?

This programme is designed to equip workforces and individuals with the skills and knowledge to meet future
diabetes healthcare demands in the UK and beyond. Broad training from internationally respected experts across the University provides the skills you need to understand and manage people with diabetes, helping you support adults and young people more effectively and improve your healthcare provision through the transfer of knowledge. Our individually tailored programme is aligned to Diabetes UK best practice and World Health Organisation recommendations. Available full-and part-time and as a PG Dip and PG Cert.

Our core modules include:
– The Foundations of Diabetes
– Clinical Research Skills
– Dissertation

We also offer a wide choice of optional modules including:
– Diabetes in the Young
– Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Through the Ages
– Assessment of Nutritional Status
– Modern Management of Diabetes, Nutrition and Pharmacology
– Management of Diabetes in Primary and Secondary Care (adult module)
– Work-based Learning in Diabetes

Additionally students are able to take an optional module from around the University including:
– Leadership in the NHS
– Prescribing Skills
– Developing Public Health Practice
– Demographic Change
– Aging and Globalisation
– Public Health, Law and Ethics

Flexible learning

Our part-time or full-time modular Masters programme provides the flexibility for study to be undertaken alongside other commitments. Typically modules are offered in blocks of three to five days to cater for students travelling from outside the area and the UK.
We also offer stand-alone modules, two Postgraduate Certificates (Diabetes Best Practice and Principles of Diabetes) and a Postgraduate Diploma Best Practice. Learning is delivered through a variety of teaching methods including seminars, tutorials, discussions, problem-solving activities and our unique online educational and multimedia learning resources.

How to apply

Applications should be made online via our website. Places are limited.


Bursaries may be available.

For more information, including details on entry requirements and fees, please visit our website.

What our Students say

“The one thing that has made this all possible is the flexibility of the course. Modules can be taken to suit lifestyles and the condensed time spent in the classroom allows an easy blend of personal life and being a student!”
- Deborah Griffin (MSc student)

Visit the MSc Diabetes Best Practice page on the University of Southampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Second-class degree, or relevant professional qualification or post-qualifying professional experience

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