Diabetes Online Courses

Over 4 million people in the UK currently live with diabetes. This represents 6% of the UK population. Internationally, diabetes is an even bigger problem, affecting 19% of the population in the UAE, for example.

Diabetes and its complications create substantial economic problems for patients and their families. It also accounts for a large consumption of health system resources and national economies through direct medical costs and loss of work.

As a healthcare professional, you can make a significant contribution to solving this problem by improving your specialist knowledge and skills in treating and preventing the condition.

  • The PGDip/MSc in Diabetes is our most established course - since 2010 over 1,000 healthcare professionals have completed it.
  • Our team of over 40 expert course tutors deliver to the highest standard and at affordable prices.
  • Students may apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes as a standalone qualification, or the MSc in Diabetes as a two-year course firstly completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Is this course for me?

The course is designed for individuals who wish to have a greater understanding of the care of people with diabetes, particularly General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Dieticians and Pharmaceutical Representatives.

Applicants will typically be health professionals who have daily exposure to people with diabetes. You may be part of a team which delivers care, a leader of that team, or an individual who treats people with diabetes

What will I learn?

You will cover the following topics as part of the Postgraduate Diploma:

  • Principles of Diabetes
  • Approaches to Care
  • Promoting Self Care
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Complications (microvascular)
  • Complications (macrovascular)

You will also submit the following if you choose to progress onto the Master’s course:

  • Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal
  • Professional Project

What can I do with this course?

Dr Kevin Fernando

Dr Kevin Fernando
PgDip in Diabetes

Dr Fernando is a GP from Scotland that qualified in Diabetes MSc with a distinction, then went on to tutor for Diploma MSc. Most recently has become the chair of the Primary Care Diabetes Society of the UK and in 2018 became the Senior Editor of GPNotebook. Kevin is a national opinion leader in diabetes and is a regular national and international speaker.


Hamish van Wyk

Hamish van Wyk
MSc in Diabetes

Hamish passed the Diabetes Diploma with Distinction and now has become Director for Education at the CDE in South Africa. The CDE is a group of over 100 South African Clinics.


Dr Samit Ghosal

Dr Samit Ghosal
MSc in Diabetes

Dr Ghosal is a Consultant Diabetologist in Kolkata. He is an alumnus of our Diabetes Course and is now a tutor on the same course. A national opinion leader in diabetes in India, Dr Ghosal has published over 30 articles in diabetes since qualifying and is Secretary of IDEA-CON, the biggest diabetes conference in India, attracting over 10,000 delegates.


Apply now for the Postgraduate Diploma.


Meet the Course Director

Dr Vinay Eligar

Dr Vinay Eligar MD.FRCP(Lon).MRCP (Endocrinology and diabetes)
Current post: Consultant Physician (Endocrinology and Diabetes) University Hospital of Wales

  • Member of the Medical Defence Union
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (London)

Vinay has been a Consultant at the University Hospital of Wales since completing his Welsh deanery training. He has authored a book chapter on Thyroid replacement and for higher specialty exams in diabetes and endocrinology. He has also developed materials for the Diabetes MSc course conducted by University of South Wales and Cardiff University and maintains significant interest in inpatient diabetes management.

His current research interests include “Strategies for Inpatient hypoglycaemia prevention”. As a part of the Thyroid research team affiliated to Cardiff University, he is involved in “Genetics of hypothyroidism (GENTHYR)” study, looking into the role of T3 and T4 combination therapies in specific subsets of hypothyroidism.

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I would highly recommend this course

"I would highly recommend this course as it will help in enhancing knowledge on the subject."


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Gave me a new lease on life

"Gave me a new lease on life with new knowledge, new approaches and regaining enthusiasm."


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Really made me look at things differently

"The course really made me look at things differently. I now do a lot more research into a topic as I now have the knowledge and skills to understand and choose articles for reviewing. It broadened my knowledge hugely. Being able to do the work at my convenience was fantastic. Doing group work made you approach topics from various angles. Made me think more laterally."


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Well worth the effort

"This course is well worth the effort. It was well organised and I was able to enchance my knowledge about diabetes management which I use daily in my practice."


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Enhanced my clinical practice in leaps and bounds

"The knowledge gained from this course has enhanced my clinical practice in leaps and bounds. The course was methodical and covered all aspects of the topic required for continued education. I would highly recommend this course for those who have a keen interest in diabetes mellitus."


Subject Courses

Diabetes PgDip

Delivered over 1 year the online part-time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma course is specially developed for busy health professionals. Formatted in 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration; the course is designed to be practical and clinically focused.

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Diabetes MSc

The MSc runs over 1 calendar year. Starting with an initial 10-week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, the students then complete the professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

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