About this course
Learn how to give expert patient care on this MSc Diabetes Best Practice degree. You'll discover the history and causes of the disease and get practical experience of diabetes testing methods. Graduate from this master’s in diabetes with the skills to diagnose, treat and manage diabetes.
On this UK master's diabetes degree at the University of Southampton, you'll get a strong grounding in best practice for diabetes care. You’ll learn about the processes involved in diabetes treatment, including diagnosis, patient management and record-taking (known as ‘history taking’).
This course is ideal if you’re a healthcare professional involved with diabetes patients. It's also a great opportunity if you want to improve your professional skills in diabetes:
Our renowned experts in their field, including clinicians and research staff, will give you an in-depth understanding of:
- pathophysiology - disorders associated with disease
- epidemiology - the study of disease causation
- aetiology - the causes of disease
- diabetes management in adults and the young (0 to 25 years)
You'll learn how to use this knowledge to improve your professional practice, and share it with colleagues and patients.
Optional modules will help you become an expert in high-demand areas, including psychosocial, paediatric and nutritional specialisms.
We'll also teach you key research and statistical skills to prepare you for your research project. The project is a chance to explore a specialist topic that you’re most passionate about.
You can take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD.
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Your course lead is Nicola Englyst. Dr Englyst's current research interests include the interaction between coagulation, inflammation, and microvesicles in disease. Visit Dr Englyst's staff profile to find out more about their work.
This course is based at University Hospital Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:2 degree in a health or health-related subject.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If don’t have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
Your studies will run for a full 12 months, from September to the following September.
Compulsory modules will give you a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms and management of diabetes. They'll set out the scientific and clinical knowledge you’ll need, while giving you key study skills for postgraduate-level work.
Our optional modules allow you to personalise your studies to meet your career goals. They include, but are not limited to:
the study of diabetes in the young
the teaching of others about best practice
You'll also learn how to carry out research and understand statistics in preparation for your dissertation.
Your exams will be in May and June.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The programme includes a range of teaching and learning methods including:
- seminars and lectures
- workshops on
- insulin pump levels
- blood glucose
- diabetes diagnosis
- carbohydrate counts
You'll also review case studies, take part in group work and carry out individual study. This will help you to evaluate problems and put your skills into practice.
We’ll assess you through:
- written assignments
- case study analysis
- a dissertation project
You’ll need to write a 6,000-word dissertation and a 2,000-word extended academic discussion. This will need around 600 hours of study and writing time.
You’ll have direct access to your tutors throughout your studies.
You’ll improve your career potential and healthcare provision skills in the diagnosis, treatment, psychology and management of diabetes. This will give you the opportunity to take on a more specialist role and continue your professional development.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Extra costs you might have to pay
See the full list of extra items and costs in the programme specification.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
Single module (CPD) applications
To apply for a single module (CPD), you'll need to fill in a physical application form that you can download from our continuing professional development pages.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a degree transcript
- a degree certificate
- a reference
- a personal statement
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You’ll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We’ll assess your application on the strength of your:
relevant professional experience
We aim to respond to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000