Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most common conditions worldwide, with prevalence increasing at an alarming rate. The total number of the population diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is over 450 million and the global cost of diabetes is set to reach $2.5 trillion by 2030. 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.
Next intake: 2022 MarchKey Facts
The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes is our most established course - since 2010 over 1,000 healthcare professionals have completed it.
This diploma in diabetes online course is specially developed for busy health professionals and is practical and clinically focused. The successful completion of this course will enable graduates to have:
- A greater understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to the care of people with diabetes.
- Experience of developing local guidelines, patient information literature or care pathways, which will be part of individual and group activities.
- A greater confidence and understanding of the management of people with diabetes through case studies and discussion.
- Improved critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is a modern, industry focused University located in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd in South Wales, UK. It was rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and, in the latest Complete University Guide 2022, is in the top 10 in the UK for Health Studies. USW is one of Britain’s largest and most exciting new universities attracting a cosmopolitan mix of students from across the globe.
UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists
This postgraduate diploma has also been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Accreditors and Endorsers
Dr Vinay Eligar MD.FRCP(Lon).MRCP
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...
Mr Michael Brown
Mr Michael Brown is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse. Since 1996, he has been the Clinical Manager and National Director for Education for the Centre for Diabetes and...
Dr Natalia Vallianou
Dr Natalia Vallianou is currently working in Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens, Greece as a Consultant in Internal Medicine. She has been tutoring on the course since...
Dr Prabhakar Mallya
Dr Prabhakar Mallya is an experienced clinician and Diabetologist with over 28 years experience in both outpatient and inpatient management of patients across all disciplines in Medicine....
Next intake: 2022 March Key Facts
Why Study with Learna
We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.
Value for money
Distance learning allows us to work with the worldwide industry-leading professionals.
Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.
Pay in instalments.
Boost your career
Get a postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.
40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.
Learn online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.
Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
15:1 student tutor ratio. We have a 92% student satisfaction rate.
Who is this course for?
Applicants will typically be registered healthcare professionals who have a day to day exposure to people with diabetes. They may be part of a team which delivers care, a leader of that team, or an individual who treats people with diabetes. The postgraduate diploma in diabetes course is particularly relevant to General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Podiatrists, Pharmacists, Dieticians and Pharmaceutical Representatives.
How Will I Learn?
You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.
Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.
These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
CurriculumOur online Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.
You will be able to critically evaluate the presentation, diagnostic criteria and classification of diabetes, and interpret research in relation to the aetiology, pathophysiology and risk factors for diabetes and its complications.
You’ll develop the skills to critically analyse the contribution of different healthcare professionals in providing diabetes care and demonstrate the ability to critically appraise and adopt relevant psychological, behavioural and educational strategies in managing diabetes care.
You will develop the skills to critically appraise and select appropriate techniques and approaches to encourage self-management and physical activity, and encourage self-management of nutrition.
You will gain the skills to demonstrate critical discrimination and selection in the choice of therapeutic options for people with diabetes in a variety of situations, and critically evaluate the role of emerging therapies debate their contribution to treatment pathways.
You’ll develop the ability to diagnose and treat acute metabolic complications in diabetes and critically analyse factors that contribute to the occurrence, recurrence and prevention.
You’ll develop the skills to appraise the evidence base to identify risk factors and prevention strategies for macrovascular complications, and critically appraise clinical trial evidence in the management of macrovascular complications.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes online course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.
The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.
These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.
- Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
- Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
- These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.
For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.
- Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
- Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:
- Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
- Module and/or personal learning objectives.
- Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
- Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
- A description of what has been learned during the module.
- Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
- The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
- Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.
Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.
Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
- A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
- A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
- The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
- A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
- A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
English Language Requirements Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.
Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department [email protected] to find out more.
Fee payments may be made via the following options:
|Deposit payable on acceptance†||£830||£830|
|1st May 2022||£830||£4,150|
|1st July 2022||£830|
|1st September 2022||£830|
|1st November 2022||£830|
|1st January 2023||£830|
† Deposits are non-refundable