Postgraduate Taught

MSc Diabetes

In the Academic year of 2019-20 the Division of Dietetics, Nutrition, Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DPPR) will be launching an exciting, educationally and practice relevant Postgraduate Framework.

The Framework will draw on existing programmes, including the MSc Diabetes, restructured in both content and form to offer greater flexibility in choice and modes of study that are responsive to individual needs and todays culture of work and learning. Part time, full time, work based, face-to-face and online study options will be available. Individual modules can be taken for the purposes of continuous professional development or can lead to a variety of qualifications such as PgCert, PgDip or Masters. Further information on the postgraduate framework can be found on our framework overview page.

The Diabetes Pathway will offer a range of theoretical and clinically based modules, allowing the development of an evidence-based approach to the management of diabetes and specialism in an area of personal choice. Pathway modules have been developed in collaboration with medical colleagues and blend the theoretical perspectives with the practicalities of implementing and evaluating an effective diabetic care programme.

Applications for the Diabetes Pathway will open towards the end of November.

Delivered entirely online, this course will open up a wealth of career opportunities with a diabetes focus. It is available to people working in a range of health-related professions and is available both full-time and part-time.

This course is for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists with an interest in diabetes care. It aims to develop the scientific basis for improvement in diabetes clinical practice and public health using robust epidemiological, evidence based and social science methodologies.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.



The online delivery is ideal for health professionals wanting an ideal work/study balance.

The course recruits from a wide range of professions reflecting current multidisciplinary practice and provides a shared learning experience.

All modules are focused on current evidence-based practice.

Course Overview

Diabetes is becoming an increasingly common condition among every population group, both in the developed and developing countries. It has a major impact on the physical, psychological and general wellbeing of individuals and their families. It can lead to disabilities, for example blindness, chronic morbidity, and mortality through heart disease, stroke and renal failure. Yet, there is evidence that effective treatment can increase life expectancy, reduce the risk of complications and even delay or prevent onset.

This course will prepare you to take an evidence-based approach to diabetic care and will allow you to specialise in an area of your choice. It has been developed with clinical colleagues and blends the theoretical perspectives with practicalities of implementing an effective diabetic care programme. This course emphasises the effective use of multidisciplinary teams in problem solving and patient care.

The course is based at QMU, but there is opportunity to study the international dimension of diabetes and apply the principles to care in developing countries.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

A range of student-centred e-learning methods including online tutorials are utilised. Your performance will be assessed by systematic reviews, presentations and posters.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

Both the full-time and part-time routes are taught by distance e-learning. The full-time route allows the student to complete the online programme over one year, and would probably be best suited for students in part-time employment.

The part-time route allows you to space your studies out over a longer period of time to suit your needs and there is flexibility in which modules you undertake each year.

On average you will be required to spend approximately 150 hours of study per module depending on credit rating.

Class Sizes

Normally there are 10-15 students enrolling on the MSc each year.

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

All local Edinburgh hospitals have links to the course.


Core modules

30 credits:

  • Research Methods
  • Diabetes: Pathology, Physiology and Complications
  • Management of Diabetes and its complications
  • Elective modules

Plus credits from the following elective modules

30 credits:

  • Tissue Viability

15/30 credits:

  • Developing Professional Practice Work-Based Learning

15 credits:

  • Digital Literacies
  • Epidemiology


If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of print (September 18), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Please check this site for any updates.

Studying Single Modules Only

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Derek Santos for more information.


Career prospects on completion of the course are likely to be within specialist teams, either within the acute or primary care sector. Opportunities also exist internationally. The new Diabetes National Service Framework Standards will also influence the services provided to diabetic patients. Graduates of this course will be in an excellent position to lead specialist multi-professional teams. There will also be opportunities in education and pharmaceutical industries.

Graduates may also like to apply for study at higher degree (MPhil or PhD).

Successful graduates have gone on to undertake PhD research, employment in pharmaceutical companies and have gained work place promotion as physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree or equivalent in a health or health-related discipline.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

Application Deadline


More Information and Contacts

Admissions or Derek Santos on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


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Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: maximum of 7 years
Start Date
September 2019
January 2020
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding