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Diabetes Care


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): September


MSc (one year full time or three years part-time)
Post Graduate Diploma (ten months full-time or two years part-time)
Post Graduate Certificate  (five or ten months full-time depending on modules taken or one year part-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Understand the factors contributing to the current epidemic of diabetes nationally and internationally
  • Support people from various cultural background to effectively manage their diabetes, prevent complications and lead a normal life
  • Use evidence to develop and continually improve the quality of diabetes management
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course aims to provide a balance between theoretical and clinical skills and develop participants’ levels of critical enquiry so you can deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes.

It will also encourage critical thinking through participation in the simulation laboratory, group discussion and presentation.

It will, through an understanding of research methods, encourage the analysis of  cutting-edge diabetes research data to develop standards and guidelines for best practice.

The course will develop an enhanced understanding of contemporary approach to diabetes care.

I came to the course already with some diabetes knowledge and it has been invaluable to formalise the information I have been using in my practice. The timetable was well thought out, helping me to provide excellent care for people with diabetes, bringing together local experts to help teach the group. I felt supported by experts at the university and studying for my MSc at Salford has already sparked a new passion and I am thinking about my next steps in study.

Dan Howarth

Course Details

In the UK as elsewhere in the world, the prevalence of diabetes has, according to the WHO and the IDF, reached epidemic proportion and projected to peak to 552 million by the year 2030. A person with diabetes potentially faces a reduced life expectancy of between 6-20 years. The irreversible micro-vascular complications resulting in damage to the eyes (retinopathy), the kidneys (nephropathy), the nerves (neuropathy) and macro-vascular complications namely cardio-vascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke) and insufficiency in blood flow to the legs lead are associated  with considerable human, social, and economic costs, and  accounts for 10% of the total health care resource expenditure in the UK.

This relentless diabetic epidemic means that its management is becoming a significant healthcare challenge in the UK and as it is worldwide. It is therefore imperative that health care professionals are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care and to empower people with diabetes to self-management.

The  MSc in Diabetes Care will enable you to:

  • Acquire specific skills in such areas as critical thinking, research methods and communication skills
  • Develop your critical analytical skills
  • Enable you to deliver high quality evidence-based care to empower people with diabetes to self-management

Course Structure

This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of  four 16-week semesters which you can take within one or three years, allowing you to exit with one of the following awards:


Postgraduate Certificate: two modules

Postgraduate Diploma: four modules

Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year


Postgraduate Certificate: two modules

Postgraduate Diploma: four modules

Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over 3 years

Semester 1

Full-time and part-time

Within this module, you will be able to explore the definition of diabetes together with its classificatory typologies. You will be able critically discuss the contributing factors associated with diabetes together with the pathophysiology and clinical features of this condition. The recent diagnostic criteria for diabetes will be discussed together with the problems likely to be faced by clinicians when adopting this approach in the presence of other pathologies. You will discuss the importance of appropriate health education models likely to prevent the occurrence of diabetes.
This module will enhance your understanding of the recent pharmacological  innovations in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. You will also be made aware of their action and likely side-effects on the person with diabetes. It will also equip you with self-care models which will empower people to effectively manage  their diabetes.

Semester 2

Full-time and part-time

This module will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of the complications associated with diabetes and its impact in the body. You will learn to identify the early signs and symptoms of these complications and educate people how to recognise and report any of the identified problems at an early stage. This module will also enable you to understand the importance of managing diabetes among such marginalised groups of people as those with mental health issues, the elderly and those with physical and learning disability.
This module will develop your understanding of research and research methods together with your ability to apply research techniques in diabetes management. You will explore key recent and ongoing cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative research in diabetes and how the findings have influenced changes in the management of diabetes.

Semester 3

Full-time/semester 1+2 part-time

You will undertake a research project which will require you to select and manage a topic area of your choice and one which will influence positive change in diabetes management. From the point of initiating and managing your research, you will interact with each other at regular work in-progress reviews and will be supported by a series of personal tutorials, your research supervisor and module coordinator.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to this course should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK University, normally an upper 2nd or above degree in an appropriate subject
  • An equivalent academic or professional qualification from the UK or elsewhere, i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at level 6
  • A Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate from a UK University.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

For admission to courses of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 7 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average IELTS score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above).

Suitable For

Graduate health care professionals with an interest in diabetes care wishing to pursue this course. This course provides best practice in diabetes via an in-depth understanding of high quality diabetes care supported by current research findings.

Applicant profile

  • This course is for you if you are a committed practitioner wishing to develop your personal creative practice to a higher, professional level, particularly in diabetes care. Your professional agenda for study will be actively encouraged.
  • There is an emphasis on understanding the importance of problem solving in the process of diabetes management likely to be encountered in the clinical settings.
  • You will contextualise your work via rigorous analysis of relevant discussion and reflective practice.
  • You will be encouraged to identify and develop any self-initiated project ideas.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


Teaching will take a blended format comprising of  lectures, tutorials, group discussion, presentation and peer group critiques. Evaluation and debate will be ongoing during the process of information gathering, the testing of theoretical and practical ideas and the honing of all elements towards the end product.


You will be assessed through:

  • Written assignment
  • Practical work in Simulation Laboratory and reflection
  • Presentation
  • Written dissertation

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Danny Meetoo

Lecturer, Multi-Professional Post-Graduate Studies

Dr Meetoo is a lecturer in Post-Graduate Multi-Professional Studies in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences. His research interests include nanotechnology as applied to health and diabetes care and he has written a number of articles in this discipline, including a contribution to a book chapter.  

Dr Meetoo teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences. He is also involved in publication of articles relating to Diabetes.    

Full academic profile

The programme has fantastic lecturers, student tutors and course facilitators. Their passion and knowledge are motivating. I strongly recommend this programme to any person interested in increasing their understanding about diabetes and gaining insight into becoming an excellent diabetes educator.

Hamad Obeid


Health care practitioners who graduate from this course would be employed in practice, management, education and research arenas in the UK and overseas.

Evidence suggests that there is an urgent need to match the ratio of Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSN) to the number of people with diabetes they care for. DSN can be employed in various sectors of the health service both in the UK and overseas while others can potentially progress into research. Others may choose to go into academia working as lecturers or lecturer-practitioners or diabetes nurse consultants.

This course will suit you if you want to acquire a systematic understanding of the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes, or if you wish to update your skill for a different but diabetes-related career pathway.  

Graduates from this course can potentially apply for such promotional posts as Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Nurse Consultant in Diabetes or Divisional Nurse for Long Term Conditions.

Links with Industry

Guest speakers from the clinical areas will provide input in to specific modules. The practical experience to be gained from the simulation laboratory will make a valuable contribution to the course content and will bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These guest lectures will allow course participants to mix with professionals from the diabetes clinical settings and to make connections with them particularly when undertaking research project.

Further Study

Research in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences is coordinated by Professor Nick Hardiker, Associate Head for Research. There is a pool of fully research-active academic staff and a number of embryonic and early career researchers engaged in a range of innovative and creative projects and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation. Graduates from this course can consider pursuing a Doctorate course of study such as Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Work or the traditional doctoral course.  

Find more information about research within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences.

This course provides a balance between theoretical and clinical skills and helped develop my level of critical thinking through participation in the simulation laboratory, group discussion and presentations. Implementing this knowledge in the day-to-day care of patients has been very useful. We were taught by tutors who are passionate about diabetes and who shared their expert knowledge in diabetes with enthusiasm. The knowledge and skills gained through the course has helped me to acquire a job as a community specialist diabetes nurse.

Isabelle Latani Boudop

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