• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 36/24/12 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Part Time

This course will equip you with essential skills and modern evidence based practice for clinical management of diabetes patients.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Are you a health care professional with an interest in gaining specialised skills in diabetes care?

Our Online Quality Diabetes Care Programme is a part-time learning experience for working health care providers such as

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • pharmacists
  • dieticians
  • podiatrists

This distance-learning course will:

  • equip you with skills in managing the care of diabetes patients
  • offer you practical experience in organisational management
  • provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your current diabetes care process
  • prepare you for improving the quality of diabetes care in your work environment

The prevalence of diabetes around the world is growing. 5% of the UK's population currently has diabetes and this figure is set to double over the next 15 years. There is an increasing demand for health care providers with specialised skills in diabetes care.

The University of Dundee has an international reputation for Diabetes research, education and informatics. 

The online delivery of the course means that you can complete the work in your free time. This is ideal for those who wish to study whilst also working full time. 

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Aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • improve your understanding of diabetes management
  • equip you with an evidence based approach to patient care
  • develop your understanding of current issues in diabetes
  • prepare you with theoretical and practical tools for quality improvement
  • improve your knowledge and application of educational/behaviour change theory
  • encourage you to apply critical analysis to solve complex problems
  • develop your skills in reflective practice, professionalism, literature appraisal and academic writing
  • encourage a culture of multidisciplinary working in the workplace

What do our students say? 

"I chose to study Diabetes Care at the University of Dundee because the university is recognised as one of the top in the UK. The best thing about the MSc Quality Diabetes Care course is that I have gained sound theoretical knowledge in the management of diabetes in addition to knowledge about how to motivate patients with chronic conditions. Implementing this knowledge in the day-to-day care of patients has been very useful. The online delivery of the course has been very beneficial because I have been able to study in my free time whilst continuing to work.” 

Ni Hlaing, Myanmar

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Flexible, part-time, online learning for students who are also working full time. 

  • PG Certificate - 1 year  
  • PG Diploma - 2 years
  • MSc - 3 years

Online learning includes:

  • online / video linked teaching
  • online activities
  • case based studies
  • workplace assessments

Other material will be delivered via an online learning zone through online activities in the form of:

  • Recorded lectures
  • Quizzes
  • Interactive e-learning material
  • Forums
  • Discussion Board debates
  • Group
  • Wikis
  • Case Discussions

Much of the private study will be self-directed and relate to various work place projects (see assessments).

Students are expected to undertake approx 8 - 12 hours of work per week, either as self directed study or undertaking specific activities associated with the course.

How you will be assessed

Each modules will be assessed individually. Assessments include completion of  clinical case scenarios, work place projects, and associated reflective essays  in an attempt to embed learning and reflection into real life clinical practice. Quality improvement modules will require additional topic specific written work and on-line activities.

What you will study

Year 1: PG Certificate

The proposed Year 1 PG certificate programme will be taught over a period of 12 months. It will be taught and assessed as 3 x 20 credit compulsory modules (SCQF level 11 credits), namely:

  1. Diabetes Clinical Care (20 credits)
  2. Diabetes Organisational Care (20 credits)
  3. Enhanced Patient Care and Professional Development (20 credits)


Year 2: PG Diploma

Students who decide to progress to the diploma stage will have the option of doing a further two modules totalling 60 credits. These modules will develop further advanced skills in clinical care and organisation, healthcare quality improvement and research methodology to allow students to develop their own diabetes service more effectively and embed skills required for their 3rd year dissertation (thesis).

Two of the modules also run as part of the MSc in Quality Improvement:

  1. Quality Improvement in Action (30 credits)
  2. Developing Research and Evaluation Skills (compulsory for students continuing to Year 3) (30 credits)

The third optional module for year 2 is

  1. Advanced Diabetes Clinical Practice (30 credits)


Year 3: MSc Dissertatation

Year 3 will involve students undertaking a more substantial project in the field of either Diabetes Care with either a Clinical/ Quality Improvement or Educational theme. Students will be allocated an appropriate university supervisor. This work will be presented as a 10-15,000 word thesis.

This course is for health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists) working either as generalists or in diabetes care settings.

The qualification may be used by primary care doctors for personal development/ CPD accumulation, and to enable them to set up and enhance their own diabetes specialist services.

For secondary care training doctors, or allied health professionals, a qualification in Quality Diabetes Care could be used to help general career progression or be used to aid a move into specialist diabetes care services either within primary or secondary care.

This qualification is not equivalent to accreditation onto the diabetes medical specialist register e.g. allowing the individual to operate as a diabetes consultant.

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