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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 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, or the full MSc.


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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.

Download the relevant programme specification:

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

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

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

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

View the MSc programme specification for this course for 2021/22 entrants

To Apply

Applications for the MSc 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.

Course enquiries and information

For specific enquiries about diabetes programmes and modules: 

For general admissions and application enquiries: 
Tel: +44(0)23 80594408

Programme Structure

Southampton’s MSc Diabetes Best Practice is a flexible, multidisciplinary masters programme. 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 accumulate credits for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, and maybe even upgrade to the 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.

Find out what our students have to say about their experiences

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
Photo of Meera Parmar
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

Find out more about MSc Diabetes research and teaching from Dr Nicola Englyst, Programme Leader for MSc Diabetes Best Practice

Watch the video

Programme Leader

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: Approximately 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.

Applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement explaining their motivation for wanting to take the course and indicating their future career plans. It should also include information about the following:

  • your professional role
  • your experience of working with diabetes
  • why you want to study for a postgraduate qualification in diabetes
  • how you intend to use your qualification in the future

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

English language requirements

The course is taught entirely in English. We require a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0, with at least 6.0 per component, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. Those for whom English is not their first language are asked to indicate what level of English they have attained.

If you don't have the right qualifications

If you're an international student and don't have the right qualifications to go straight onto this master's, you might be able to take a a pre-master's course, which will:

  • give you a direct route onto this master's course
  • improve your subject knowledge
  • develop your English language skills

Find out more about our premaster's programmes.

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 full-time modular programme provides the flexibility to cater for a diverse range of students and organisations. Our modules are available for you to take singly, either as Continued Professional Development (CPD) or with assessment, or the modules can be taken as part of your programme (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc).

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.

Introductory core module:

  • Foundations of diabetes - provides basic science and clinical knowledge along with study skills, giving you with the underpinning for the rest of your postgraduate studies

Optional modules:

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

Training is also provided in Clinical Research Skills (core for MSc) which prepares you for your Dissertation project (core for MSc). This can be the traditional research route or via a professional project.

You can gain additional experience by choosing from health care-relevant modules offered across the University. For a full list of optional modules visit the Medicine CPD page and the Health Sciences CPD page.

In addition, students can choose an additional module from outside the Diabetes programme. Please note that these modules may cost different amounts from the MSc Diabetes Best Practice module cost, so do confirm with that specific faculty before you commit.

Module Dates

Foundations of Diabetes Block 1 23 - 25 Sept 2019
Foundations of Diabetes Block 2 14 - 16 Oct 2019
Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes 11 - 15 Nov 2019
Clinical Research Skills Block 1 11 - 13 Dec 2019
Clinical Research Skills Block 2 8 - 10 Jan 2020
Teaching the Teachers to Teach 21 - 24 Jan 2020
Adult Diabetes 27 - 31 Jan 2020
Diabetes in the Young 10 - 14 Feb 2020
Work Based Learning 2 Mar - 11 May 2020
Modern Management of Diabetes, Nutrition & Pharmacology 9 - 13 Mar 2020
Dissertation FT (full-time) 30 Mar - 21 Sep 2020
Dissertation PT (part-time) 30 Mar 2020 - 14 Ap 2021

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 2020Full-time£9,250£18,812
Diabetes single modules 10 ects 2019N/A £1,028 £2,135
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

Our programme is extremely flexible and can be tailored to your specific needs, whether that is to enhance your professional skills by taking a single module, or further your career by taking the MSc in Diabetes Best Practice.

You will be supported by internationally renowned specialists to support adults and young people more effectively by improving your healthcare provision and developing your skills in the diagnosis, treatment, psychology and management of diabetes.

The programme includes a variety of teaching and learning methods including seminars, tutorials, lectures, discussions, practicals, and problem-solving activities and you will receive online copies of teaching material, as well as links to useful study materials for all taught modules.

You 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
  • 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

We ensure all of our students, whether UK or overseas, receive all the support they need to make the most of their time studying at Southampton.

UK Student support

International student support

Study locations

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