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MSc Diabetes Best Practice

Leading expertise from internationally recognised staff will equip you with the skills and knowledge to meet the future diabetes healthcare demand in the UK and beyond.

The UK is facing a significant increase in the number of people with diabetes, with more than 700 new cases diagnosed each day. 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.

Introducing your course

Our flexible, full-time or part-time MSc Diabetes Best Practice programme will help you to improve your healthcare provision, enabling you to support adults and young people more effectively.

Designed for professionals across a range of healthcare settings, you will gain the skills required to understand and manage people with diabetes, enabling them to achieve optimal self-management and psychological well-being.

Our flexible postgraduate course offers you the option of tailoring your learning to suit your needs. You can choose from studying single modules, a PG Certificate, a PG Diploma or the full MSc, and we have full time and part time study options.

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The MSc Diabetes Best Practice has prepared me well for the demands I will face in my future career as a doctor. The learning, skills and experiences I have gained during the programme have enabled me to build confidence in caring for individuals with diabetes and better understand the challenges they face.
Meera Parmar, MSc Diabetes Best Practice
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Healthcare research has revealed a recognised need for specialist diabetes care both in the UK and internationally. Our modular programme is aligned to Diabetes UK best practice and World Health Organization recommendations, and will develop your scientific understanding, clinical knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking qualities.

Based at one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals – University Hospital Southampton – the programme is aimed at professionals across the healthcare sectors, both clinical and non-clinical, who want to develop their skills in the diagnosis, treatment, psychology and management of diabetes.

Course content can be tailored to best meet your individual career aspirations and organisational needs. At the start of your course, we will plan your specific programme route that gives you the opportunity to gain the important skills required to meet current best practice guidelines. You will also receive training in research skills and statistics to support you during your research project.

View entry requirements

View the MSc programme specification for this full-time course for 2019/20 entrants

View the PG Cert programme specification for this full-time course for 2019/20 entrants

View the PG Dip programme specification for this full-time course for 2019/20 entrants

View the MSc programme specification for this full-time course for 2020/21 entrants

View the PG Cert programme specification for this full-time course for 2020/21 entrants

View the PG Dip programme specification for this full-time course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

Applications for the MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate in Diabetes Best Practice, and single modules are considered throughout the year. Places are limited, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The start date for all programmes is September/October. Start dates for single modules can be found on the modules tab of this page.

Applications must be received no later than four weeks before the start of the programme (or single module) and you must supply all supporting documentation two weeks prior to starting your course. We recommend international students apply at least six weeks before the start of the programme to ensure they are 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 programme that year.

Programme Structure

Southampton’s MSc Diabetes Best Practice is a flexible, multidisciplinary masters programme giving you the choice of studying full time for one year, or completing the course in two to five years on a part-time basis.

A range of options are on offer, allowing you to tailor the course to meet your specific learning needs, and to help you achieve your career aspirations.

The flexibility of our programme means you don’t have to commit to the full MSc from the beginning. You can start by taking a single module and then upgrade to the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Diabetes Best Practice.

Modules are typically offered in blocks of three to five days alongside self-directed learning and e-learning, making it ideal to study alongside your other commitments, and accessible for international students or those who live outside the region.

Key Facts

  • Our programme is aligned with World Health Organization, International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes UK, Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, and Royal College of General Practitioners recommendations
  • Benefit from strong links with the NHS in teaching hospitals and in the community
  • Be taught by experts with experience in diabetes management, research and education
  • Flexible learning that can fit alongside your other commitments
  • Based at a leading UK teaching hospital – University Hospital Southampton
  • Develop your ability to integrate research evidence into all aspects of decision-making
  • Evaluate the psychological impact of living with diabetes
  • Enhance your education and professional expertise in all core areas of diabetes

MSc Diabetes Best Practice

Find out more about MSc Diabetes research and teaching from Dr Nicola Englyst, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

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Programme Leader

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 programme is also open to undergraduate medical students who wish to intercalate during their medical studies, who must have successfully completed at least three years of their medical degree and achieved 60% or above in all their Year 3 assessments.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching dates for 2018-19 are:

Foundations of Diabetes Mon 24 - Wed 26 September plus Mon 15 Wed - 17 October 2018 
Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Mon 12 - Fri 16 November 2018
Clinical Research Skills Wed 12 - Fri 14 December 2018 plus Wed 9 - Fri 11 January 2019
Adult Diabetes Mon 14 - Fri 18 January 2019
Teaching the Teachers to Teach Tue 29 January - Fri 1 February 2019
Work Based Learning Mon 4 March - Fri 10 May 2019
Diabetes in the Young Mon 11 March - Fri 15 March 2019
Modern Management of Diabetes, Nutrition and Pharmacology:   Mon 25 March - Fri 29 March 2019
Dissertation FT:   Mon 17 June - Fri 23 Sept 2019
Dissertation PT:   Mon 17 June - Fri 15 April 2020

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

FREE YY20 - Elective module (20 credits)

Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

FREE YY20 - Elective module (20 credits)

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:

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Diabetes Best PracticeMSc 2019Full-time£9,250£18,104
Diabetes Best Practice (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)MSc 2019Part-time£4625 yrs 1 & 2 only£9,052 in yrs 1 and 2 only
Diabetes Best PracticePGDip 2019Full-time£6,166£12,070
Diabetes Best Practice (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)PGDip 2019Part-time£3083 in yrs 1 and 2 only£6,035 in yrs 1 and 2 only
Diabetes Best PracticePGCert 2019Full-time£3,083£6,035
Diabetes Best Practice (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)PGCert 2019Part-time£1542 in yrs 1 and 2 only£3,017 in yrs 1 and 2 only
View the full list of course fees

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:

List of additional costs for this course
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:£0.05-0.50

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

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

We will provide you with access to copies of teaching material as well as links to useful study materials for all of our taught modules. This will allow you to continue your investigation in your own home and/or work environments when producing your course work.

We pride ourselves on having helpful and approachable teaching and support staff and encourage students to contact us whenever support or guidance is needed.

Your knowledge and understanding will be tested through a combination of formative and summative assessments that may include essays and other written assignments, multiple choice questions, practical work, questions and answers and oral presentations.

Successful completion of the programme will enable you to:

  • Comprehend and explain complex mechanisms involved in diabetes and its management
  • Integrate your understanding of the biomedical aspects of diabetes into diagnosing and treating people
  • Apply your knowledge and understanding to optimising the methods you use for the diagnosis, treatment and management of diabetes including:
Calculating basal and bolus dosing of insulin
Sick day rules
Cognitive development
Different learning styles and acquisition of necessary skills for diabetes self-management
Psychosocial aspects of diabetes
Adapting to life with a chronic condition
Prejudice and stigma associated with diabetes
Approaches to the management of maladaptive responses
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research methodologies or appropriate methods of enquiry
  • Apply new research findings to improving the management of people with diabetes
  • Understand how to translate your knowledge of diabetes into improving your professional practice

Study locations

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