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Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes – Cardiff

Course details

Contact name

Julie Amos


Postgraduate Diabetes EducationInstitute of Molecular and Experimental MedicineRoom 2TB2 165Cardiff UniversityHeath ParkCardiff CF14 02920 745877


The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes was established to equip Health Care Professionals with a special interest in Diabetes with a sound knowledge of diabetes and diabetes-related issues as they present in practice. The programme is a two-year, part-time, distance-learning course consisting of three core modules and a choice of three out of nine optional modules, tailored to your interests. Established in 2007 this programme is based on the IDF curriculum and boasts over 1,300 graduates.

Year 1:

  • Module 1: Core - Principles of Diabetes and Lifestyle Intervention
  • Module 2: Core - Management of Diabetes
  • Module 3: Choose one of the following:- Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes- Insulin Therapy in Diabetes- Self-Management & Diabetes in Primary Care- Pregnancy and Diabetes

Year 2:

  • Module 4: Core - Diabetes Complications
  • Module 5: Choose one of the following:- Paediatric Diabetes, Diabetes Care in the Elderly- In-patient Management of Diabetes- Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes
  • Module 6: Choose one of the following:- Insulin Pump Therapy- Self-Management & Diabetes in Primary Care- Insulin Therapy in Diabetes

All modules are available to study on an individual basis for £1000 each.


Although predominantly an online course we offer 2 days of Introductory Lectures, complete with internationally renowned guest speakers, at venues around the world; Cardiff, Dubai and New Delhi.


2 years (part time) with an exit point after 3 modules if you wished to complete a Certificate in Diabetes.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes -  £3,500 (Home/EU), £4,100 (Overseas).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes - £3,500/year (Home/EU);£4,100/year (Overseas).

Type of study

Distance learning, part-time.

Entry criteria

Suitable for medical and allied healthcare practitioners, with clinical responsibility for individuals with diabetes, who will be future leaders and innovators in diabetes management in both primary and secondary care settings.

Candidates should possess a degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing or relevant vocational qualification in a diabetes related clinical subject, in addition to satisfying the Cardiff University requirements for entry to postgraduate courses. Good English language skills are essential and it is a course requirement that students have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

Places available

150 per year.

How achievement is assessed

100% made up of:

Clinical case & module discussion

  • Mobile discussion (30%)
  • Cases (10%)

Course work

  • Group project final mark (10%)
  • Individual contribution to group project (5%)
  • Individual project final mark (10%)

Personal portfolio

Summative assessment

Teaching methods

Each module will be delivered over a period of 10 weeks with a mix of teaching material, individual work, group work and assessment. The majority of this will be delivered online.

  • Our course/ event 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/ event 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/ event has a structured written curriculum or programme. 
  • Our course/ event has specific, documented learning outcomes which are linked / or will be linked to the Skills For Health competencies as they develop. 
  • Our course/ event 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/ event is evidence based both educationally and clinically. 
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