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MSc Diabetes Best Practice

Healthcare research consistently concludes there is a recognised need for specialist diabetes care both in the UK and internationally. The UK alone faces a significant increase in the number of people with diabetes with over 700 new cases diagnosed each day and, by 2030, the World Health Organization predicts diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death globally, with the majority occurring in low and middle-income countries. Our MSc Diabetes Best Practice provides leading expertise from internationally respected staff across the University, and is designed to equip workforces and individuals with the skills and knowledge to meet future diabetes healthcare demands in the UK and beyond.

What does our MSc provide?

You will be enabled to support adults and young people more effectively; develop and improve your healthcare provision through passing on expertise; and develop scientific understanding, clinical knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking qualities.

Who should study?

Our Masters is suitable for healthcare professionals across the healthcare sectors and others, both clinical and non-clinical; who wish to develop skills in the diagnosis, treatment, psychology and management of diabetes.

Flexible learning

Our flexible part-time or full-time modular programme caters for a diverse range of students and organisations, enabling study to be undertaken alongside other commitments. We also offer stand-alone modules (see each module webpage for further details), a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma Diabetes Best Practice.

Introducing your course

Our MSc Diabetes Best Practice degree is designed to equip workforces and individuals with the skills and knowledge to meet future diabetes healthcare demands in the UK and internationally. This comprehensive programme provides broad training in the skills required to understand and manage people with diabetes, helping them achieve optimal self-management and psychological well-being. Aligned to Diabetes UK best practice and World Health Organization recommendations, our masters course will develop your scientific understanding, clinical knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking qualities.

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Overview

Our comprehensive programme provides broad training in the skills required to understand and manage people with diabetes, helping them achieve optimal self-management and psychological well-being.

Tailored content

Course content can be tailored to best meet individual career aspirations and organisational needs, allowing you to plan your specific programme route at the start of your studies with us, and providing an opportunity to gain important skills for meeting current best practice guidelines.

Modules

Our core modules are the Foundations of Diabetes, Clinical Research Skills and a 6,000 word Dissertation. We also offer a wide choice of optional modules and, in addition to the diabetes modules on offer, students are also able to take a module from around the University (please see the Modules tab for a full list).

Research training

All MSc students receive training in research skills and statistics in preparation for their dissertation in the form of our core Clinical Research Skills module.

Teaching

To help you develop the required skills you will be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning methods including seminars, tutorials, discussions, problem-solving activities and formal lectures. You will also be able to access our unique online educational and multimedia learning resources.

Our teaching methods also help enhance your written and oral presentation skills, giving you the opportunity to develop your transferable skills.

Each of our modules involves discussion of key issues; practice in applying concepts, both orally and in writing, including analysis and interpretation of material; and feedback on work produced.

By studying this programme you will

  • Enhance your education and professional expertise in all core areas of diabetes
  • Develop the knowledge, understanding and professional skills to improve your practice
  • Develop your ability to integrate research evidence into all aspects of decision-making
  • Learn to demonstrate leadership
  • Evaluate the psychological impact of living with diabetes
  • Develop your approach to problem solving, justifying decision-making through critical evaluation, theory, evidence and experience
  • Develop strategies for your continuing professional development and lifelong learning
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to critically evaluate current literature.

Visit the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Please see 'Entry requirements' for how to apply.

To apply please click on the Apply Now button below. Please also state Faculty of Medicine in the drop down menu as this programme is delivered by the Faculty of Medicine.

Applications must be received no later than four weeks before the start of the module/programme. In addition, you must have supplied all of the required supporting documentation two weeks prior to starting your module/programme.

*****Applications for the full time and part-time programmes for 2017/18 entry are now open*****

Programme Structure

Our modular postgraduate programme is normally suitable for two to five years of part-time study, or 12 months full-time, leading to 90 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) (180 CATS credits) at HE7 level. The award is classified as pass, merit or distinction.

Typically modules are offered in blocks of three to five days, alongside e-learning, catering for students living outside the area and the UK.

Awards

The programme also accommodates a ‘step on step off’ structure allowing you to start the MSc programme and complete the shorter Postgraduate Certificates (Diabetes Best Practice and Principles of Diabetes) or a Postgraduate Diploma Best Practice.

Stand-alone modules

Students may also register for stand-alone assessed modules and, if successful, will be awarded ECTS, or take the modules as non-assessed Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses and receive a transcript of attendance where appropriate.

Key Facts

  • Our Masters is aligned with recommendations from the World Health Organization, International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes UK, Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
  • The Faculty of Medicine has strong links with the NHS, in teaching hospitals and the community.
  • Our postgraduate programmes are taught by experts with experience of diabetes management, research and education.
  • Our flexible learning programme can be studied alongside other commitments and our modules are delivered in short blocks to cater for students from all over the UK and beyond.
  • We offer shorter programmes within the MSc including two Postgraduate Certificates, a Postgraduate Diploma Best Practice and stand-alone modules.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 20

The normal requirement for entry is a good first degree (lower second class), or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, of an approved university in a health, or health-related field.

The Faculty of Medicine may declare eligible for admission to a programme leading to a higher degree:

- A graduate of a University in the United Kingdom or any other appropriate institution of higher education
- A candidate not being a graduate whose qualifications have been specially approved for this purpose by the Faculty.

To be accepted onto this programme you must satisfy the Regulations for Admission to Degree Courses as specified in Section IV: General Regulations of the University Calendar. Candidates with non-UK qualifications will normally be expected to have qualifications of an equivalent standard to those outlined in section three of these regulations, and should also meet the programme specific requirements.

Candidates will also be required to submit two references, their degree transcript and degree certificate.

English language requirements

Competency in English is essential as the course is taught entirely in the English language. Students who do not have a recent degree from an approved university that has been taught and assessed in English, or who are from a country that is not on the list of those exempt from testing, require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall. We accept a range of Secure English Language Tests. Those for whom English is not their first language are asked to indicate the level of English they have attained.

As part of the application process, candidates are asked to write a personal statement to explain their motivation for wishing to take the Masters programme and to indicate their future career plans.

Application process

Applications should be made online via our website following the link below. All candidates need to apply for the MSc Diabetes Best Practice in the first instance regardless of their intended exit award.

Scholarships and bursaries may be available. For more details see our Money Matters page.

For more details on applying to Southampton and to apply online, please visit the Application Website.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Our part-time or full-time modular programme provides the flexibility to cater for a diverse range of students and organisations, enabling study to be undertaken alongside other commitments.

Each of our modules involves discussion of key issues; practice in applying concepts, both orally and in writing, including analysis and interpretation of material; and feedback on work produced.

Core modules

Our core modules are the Foundations of Diabetes, Clinical Research Skills and a 6,000 word Dissertation.

The Foundations of Diabetes module gives a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms and management of diabetes. It provides basic sciences and clinical knowledge, and underpins the study skills required for the rest of your postgraduate studies.

All students will receive training in research skills and statistics in preparation of their dissertation, in the form of our core module, Clinical Research Skills.

The Dissertation module is undertaken for the MSc and can be by research or via a professional project.

Optional modules

We also offer a wide range of optional modules for students and organisations to tailor the course to their needs.

Our optional modules include:

- Diabetes in the Young
- Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Through the Ages
- Assessment of Nutritional Status
- MODNAP (Modern Management of Diabetes, Nutrition and Pharmacology)
- Management of Diabetes in Primary and Secondary Care (adult module)
- Work-based Learning in Diabetes
- Teaching the Teachers to Teach

These optional modules provide an opportunity to gain important skills for meeting Diabetes UK Diabetes Best Practice Tariff and other professional guidelines.

In addition to the diabetes modules offered on this programme, students are also able to take a module worth up to 10 ECTS from across the University. Options include modules such as:

- Leadership in the NHS
- Prescribing Skills
- Developing Public Health Practice and Demographic Change, Ageing and Globalisation
- Public Health, Law and Ethics

Core and optional modules required for each award

Students taking the full MSc are required to take the three core modules and four optional modules.

For students interested in taking the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma Diabetes Best Practice, please see the full downloadable Programme Specification on the programme overview tab.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 – 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour). A3 – 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Details about printing costs for academic posters can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page£0.05-0.50

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570. This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
EquipmentIT: Hardware Across all campuses and most halls of residence approximately 1700 computer workstations are available. Students may wish to purchase their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies. This is entirely optional.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Key facts

  • Develop a greater understanding of the complexities of diabetes management.
  • Take on a more specialist role in the management of diabetes.
  • Seize an excellent opportunity for continue professional development.
  • Discover a unique learning experience with the University of Southampton.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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