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PGDip and MSc in Diabetes - University of South Wales

Course details

Contact name

Katie Lowe


Cardiff MedicentreHeath ParkCardiff

Email:info@diploma-msc.comTel: 029 2068 2050


This course has been recognised by the International Diabetes Federation. The course is designed to be practical and clinically focused. On completion of the diploma, students have:

  • A greater understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to the care of people with diabetes.Experience of developing local guidelines, patient information literature or care pathways which will be part of their individual and group activities.
  • A greater confidence and understanding of the management of people with diabetes through case studies and discussion.
  • Improved critical analysis of published data and data interpretation.

The course is designed to be relevant to all health professionals who might manage people with diabetes and is particularly relevant to: general practitioners, practice nurses, diabetes specialist nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, dietitians and pharmaceutical representatives.


The PGDip is an online course. Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales) or South Africa (CDE Johannesburg).

Length and structure

The online course lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course, with 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

Cost of course


Type of study


Entry criteria

Health professionals, both UK and overseas, with an honours degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the PG Diploma course. Non-graduates are also encouraged to apply (applicants will be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at degree level).

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Places available

50 - 150.

How achivement is assessed

All assessment is done online:

  • Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion – 40%
  • Individual learning portfolio – 10%
  • Group/individual activity – 20%
  • Case-based examination – 30%

Teaching methods

Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors. They are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

  • scientific writing
  • levels of evidence
  • Harvard referencing
  • reflective writing

The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

Online course

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10–15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who facilitates clinical case discussions with the group and monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.

  • Our course is open to multidisciplinary participants (even if only one discipline attends) or there is a justification for it only being open to members of certain disciplines.
  • Our course has been planned/developed with the input of independent advice from people with diabetes (e.g not using one of the team who also has diabetes but seeking an outside view)
  • Our course has a structured written curriculum or programme
  • Our course has specific, documented learning outcomes which are linked / or will be linked to the Skills For Health competencies as they develop
  • Our course is delivered by people who are (or are supported by people who are) qualified in or have proven experience in up to date principles of adult learning and teaching
  • Our course is evidence based both educationally and clinically.
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