MSc in Diabetes
Team: Diabetes Team
The MSc in Diabetes course is accredited by the RCGP and provides a progression route for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma
Graduates of this course will receive a Master of Science award from the University of South Wales, Diploma MSc’s collaborative partner.
The Diabetes MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma course in Diabetes.
The MSc in Diabetes runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 12 week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then choose either the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project or an attendance based Independent Prescribing Module.
The option of the attendance based Independent Prescribing Module is available to home based students, enabling those eligible nurses and pharmacists to become an Independent Prescriber as part of their Diabetes Master of Science qualification. This is the only course offering this dual qualification.
The course begins with 1 day of introductory lectures, held at Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales. These introductory lectures cover the framework of the course, its structure and students' expectations.
This module aims to prepare students academically to interpret, understand and utilise the appropriate research methodologies in Diabetes focused care. Students will:
- Successfully recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research.
- Understand, interpret and apply basic statistical and epidemiological terms.
- Critically appraise the various study designs used in clinical, scientific and quantitative research such as single blind studies, double blind placebo controlled studies and meta-analyses.
- Interpret principles of qualitative research in the care of patients with Diabetes.
This module is designed to enable students to study a clinically related issue in greater depth relating to Diabetes. In particular the student will:
- Develop an ability to critically appraise areas of healthcare practice and delivery.
- Critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research, clinical governance and organisational practice.
- Display skills in independent research and study.
- Display skills relevant to independent production of scientific publications.
The professional project must be diabetes-related and relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise of:
- Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
- Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
- Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
- Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
- Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
- Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
Independent Prescribing Module
Appropriate for Healthcare professionals who wish to function at an extended and more autonomous level of practice as independent prescribers.
Aim of the module:
This module aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Synopsis of module content:
- Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral.
- Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing.
- Prescribing in a team context.
- Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity.
- Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing.
- Legal, policy and ethical aspects.
- Professional accountability and responsibility.
- Prescribing in the public health context.
- On completion of this module the student should:
Describe the responsibility that the role of independent prescriber entails (and demonstrate and awareness of their own limitations and work within the limits of professional competence).
Apply and evaluate patient assessment skills (inc. clinical assessment, history taking) and consultative skills with patient/clients, clients, parents and carers in the context of prescribing/informing diagnosis.
Critically appraise and apply knowledge of drug actions, use sources of information/advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice to support prescribing decisions/informing diagnosis.
Explain and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing and practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility.
Evaluate the influences that can affect prescribing practice and demonstrate understanding by managing prescribing practice in an ethical way.
Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module 2 - Professional Project
To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.
Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).
Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.
Entry to the 1 year MSc Diabetes programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.
Students may apply for the MSc as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.
Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:
- Qualification certificates
- One written reference
Little did I know that the MSc was going to be a significant stepping stone in my medical career
"Both the diploma and MSc were invaluable in terms of expanding my knowledge and management of diabetes, but also enhanced my critical thinking and writing skills. Read full story..."
Dr Kevin Fernando PGDip MSc