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. Course Code: QMSP034

Course Information

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Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma.

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 complete the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

Course Structure

Aims of the module:

  • This module is designed help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to diabetes research.

Synopsis of the module content:

  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Basic statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
  • Methodologies as applied to diabetes research.
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient. Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Interpret research and apply this to the management of patients with diabetes.
  • Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.

Aims of the module:

  • 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.

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.

Teaching Methods

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 Requirements

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 Masters in Diabetes 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

How much is the course?

Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for March 2019: £3900

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Option A Option B Option C
Deposit payable on acceptance £180 £180 £180
1st March 2019 £3,720 £620
1st April 2019 £1,240 £620
1st May 2019 £620
1st June 2019 £1,240 £620
1st July 2019 £620
1st August 2019 £1,240 £620

Deposits are non-refundable


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