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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Diabetes - University of Leicester

Course details

Contact name

Dr Patrice Carter


The University of LeicesterLeicester Diabetes CentreLeicester General HospitalLeicesterLE5 4PW 01162584323


Our overall aim and priority is to provide clinically relevant postgraduate and professional education of the highest quality, which allows our students to ultimately improve patient care. To achieve this we have developed our courses collaboratively with national and international experts in the field of diabetes, including specialist care, primary care, social sciences, epidemiology, medical statistics and child health. We believe our programme provides the most topical and up-to-date thinking around clinical care and research. Our courses provide practical examples of how novel research and evidence based diabetes care can be applied in real-life, clinical settings.

Professors Melanie Davies and Kamlesh Khunti lead a remarkable team of over 140 experts. The programme is hosted within clinical space at the Leicester General Hospital with excellent access to patients, the Centre is now one of the largest facilities in Europe for carrying out first class and cutting edge research in diabetes, prevention, and related long term conditions. Our courses are enriched by our strong collaboration with national and internationally acclaimed researchers who are designing and delivering trials which are changing practice. The members of the diabetes team that have contributed to this Programme have been involved in advisory and consultancy roles within the Department of Health, Royal Colleges, National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) and Diabetes UK, and have published their work in the highest impact journals including the Lancet, the NEJM and the BMJ. This link with researchers is vital at a time when new therapies for diabetes and new approaches to management are changing so rapidly. Our high quality courses provide a sound clinical grounding with transferable academic and research skills.


Modules run from October to July, and run once a year. The two core modules run twice in the academic year. Current Courses include the following:

Core Modules

  • Clinical Presentations and Management in Diabetes: Complications and Cardiovascular disease.
  • Clinical Presentation and Management in Diabetes: Glycaemia, New and Novel Therapies.

Option/CPD Modules

  • The role of Self-Management in Diabetes Care.
  • Prevention, Early detection and screening in Diabetes.
  • Diabetes and Obesity.
  • Injectable therapies.
  • Clinical Presentation and Management of Endocrine Disorders.
  • Adult Inpatient.
  • Empowerment and Counselling Skills in Diabetes Care.
  • Children and Young People with Diabetes.
  • Diabetes and the Elderly.

Students undertaking the PG Diploma or MSc are also required to undertake one research module:

  • Fundamental Research.
  • Quantitative Research.
  • Qualitative Research.


The modules run from October to July; each module should take around 150 hours of study time, this includes face to face taught time and self-directed study. The taught element runs over five days, and gives an intensive overview of the particular subject. The self-directed study element should embed the information, to retain and extend knowledge.

For MSc students their dissertation is conducted from October to September.

Each module is equivalent to 150 hours of study time and worth 20 credits at level 7.

Students can elect to study part or full time. Students have up to two years to complete the postgraduate certificate, and four years to complete the postgraduate diploma and MSc. Full time students are expected to complete the MSc in one academic year.


MSc: Full time home/EU: £8,910 Full time overseas: £16,715PG Diploma: Full time home/EU: £5,940 Full time overseas: £11,140PG Cert Full time home/EU: £2,970Cost for an individual module is £1,035

Costs stated refer to 2015/2016 academic year.

Type of study

All courses are campus based taught programmes.

Entry criteria

Potential students must hold a first degree with honours, or equivalent clinical experience. They should demonstrate a good knowledge of diabetes and/or have experience working in the field of diabetes. They must also provide an effective personal statement which demonstrates previous experience and enthusiasm for diabetes research and clinical care.

All applicants must provide two relevant referees. For students whom English is not their first language they must have scored 6.5% or above on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS)

Places available


Achievement assessed

A variety of methods are used for assessment of students including written examinations (Short answers and multiple choice), Written Case studies, Written debates, Essay questions, Oral educational tool presentations, and Critiques of observed clinical practice. All assessments are marked following the regulations governing the assessment of students on taught programmes of study.

Teaching methods

Each module runs over five taught days and includes a mix of lectures and seminars, demonstrations, workshops,

classroom debates and problem solving sessions. Students also have the opportunity to undertake clinical observations whilst studying in the department.

Students benefit from a wide variety of speakers and facilitators. Many of our lecturers are world class renowned experts and leaders in the field of diabetes research and clinical management.

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