About this course
Learn how to give expert patient care on this MSc Diabetes Best Practice degree. You’ll discover the history and causes of the disease and get practical experience of diabetes testing methods. Graduate from this master’s in diabetes with the skills to diagnose, treat and manage diabetes.

On this master’s diabetes degree at the University of Newcastle, you’ll get a strong grounding in best practices for diabetes care. You’ll learn about the processes involved in diabetes treatment, including diagnosis, patient management and record-taking (known as ‘history taking’).

This course is ideal if you’re a healthcare professional involved with diabetes patients. It’s also a great opportunity if you want to improve your professional skills in diabetes:

Our renowned experts in their field, including clinicians and research staff, will give you an in-depth understanding of:

pathophysiology – disorders associated with disease
epidemiology – the study of disease causation
aetiology – the causes of disease
diabetes management in adults and the young (0 to 25 years)
You’ll learn how to use this knowledge to improve your professional practice and share it with colleagues and patients.

Optional modules will help you become an expert in high-demand areas, including psychosocial, paediatric and nutritional specialisms.

We’ll also teach you key research and statistical skills to prepare you for your research project. The project is a chance to explore a specialist topic that you’re most passionate about.

Recognition of professional experience
If don’t have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning. The program is accredited by Higher Learning Commission in . Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.

Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We’re working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

For entry in Academic Year 2021-22
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules:

Clinical Research Skills
Understanding research, the appropriate use of qualitative and quantitative methods and how to interpret results is fundamental to being able to critique an evidence base. The Clinical Research Skills module teaches you how to apply qualitative, quantitative…03

Diabetes Dissertation
The dissertation can be by research or a professional project. A dissertation by research will use quantitative or qualitative methods for a hypothesis-driven research project. A dissertation by the professional project can take a variety of forms, including…

Foundations of Diabetes
This module is designed to provide continuing professional development for health care professionals in best practices associated with diabetes care. An overview of key aspects in diabetes care is introduced, including psychology, diabetes through life…

You must also choose from the following modules:

Contemporary Issues in Limb Loss
This module is designed to provide students from a range of multidisciplinary backgrounds, such as Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Prosthetists, podiatrists and Engineers with the opportunity to explore contemporary issues related to li…

Diabetes In the Young
Optimal diabetes management is crucial in childhood and young adulthood to prevent the long-term complications associated with diabetes. A multi-disciplinary team approach is necessary to support optimal diabetes outcomes in this group. You will explore t…

Management of Adult Diabetes in Primary and Secondary Care
By 2030, 7.8% of the world’s adult population is expected to be living with diabetes. (World Health Organisation). If current trends persist, one in three people in England will be obese by 2034 and one in ten will develop type 2 diabetes. The total cost …

Modern Management of Diabetes, Nutrition and Pharmacology (MODNAP)
With the ever-increasing complexity, uncertainty and limitations of the increasing number of medications for diabetes it is essential that healthcare professionals are able to make informed treatment choices. Treatment should be individualised to benefit…

Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes
Diabetes self-management is demanding and relentless, irrespective of whether a person has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Both demand daily self-management and are associated with long-term complications if optimal glycaemic control is not achieved. The psych…

Self Leadership
The overarching logic behind this module is that leadership grows from the inside out That a leader first knows, understands, and is able to lead oneself before s/he can lead others. The module will focus directly on personal values, character, and integ…

Teaching the Teachers to Teach
Many of our postgraduate students teach their subjects and pass on their knowledge to their peers and to students with no formal training. Using recognised pedagogical methods, this module offers you the knowledge and expertise to enable you to design, de…