Single Module Level 7

Therapeutic Advances and Selfcare Management in Diabetes Mellitus (Level 7, 30 credits)




One semester

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

This module aims to enhance your understanding of the recent pharmacological innovations in the management of diabetes mellitus. It will further introduce course members to self-care models which empower people to effectively manage their diabetes



You will:

  • critically examine the decision-making process that would be required to support new approaches being used
  • critically evaluate the current and emerging therapies in the therapeutic management of diabetes
  • examine existing chronic care models, self-care management and suggest new approaches
  • critically analyse cutting-edged diabetes related research data to develop best standards and guidelines so as to implement evidence-based protocols and practice
Course details

All about the course

The module covers

  • Novel drug therapies
  • Technological advances and nanotechnology
  • Behaviour change theories
  • Self-management
  • Structured educational programs
  • Role of culture and ethnicity in self care
  • Insulin therapy
  • Medical Nutrition therapy

The module is 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

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.

Our team are involved in a range of activity that enhances your learning experience whilst on the programme, including: 

  • Nationally and internationally acclaimed research in diabetes care
  • Sitting on clinical and advisory boards within local and national diabetes commissioning groups
  • Editorial board members of journals

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

The teaching and learning will be offered at level 7 due to the current qualification landscape in nursing.

The characteristics of the qualified practitioner and the rich and varied experiences and expertise they will bring to the module will be explored and further developed through varied learning methods such as lectures, tutorials, small group discussion, seminars, presentations, online learning.

There will be 6 days of face to face sessions, delivered every alternate Wednesdays through September till December.


The assessment strategy will support you in your development and addresses the intended learning outcomes of the module. Formative assessment will be a range of quizzes and learner presentations. The summative assessment will comprise of a 5000 word literature review demonstrating critical understanding of the prevalence, diagnosis, classification and prevention of diabetes.

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

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

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, 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 module forms part of our MSc Diabetes Care

Career Links

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.

We offer real world experience of current clinical scenarios by providing exposure to clinical areas and specialist diabetes services like diabetic foot services. We work with experts from the main hospitals in the area who have established diabetes services and provide specialist/ advanced diabetes care: Manchester Royal Infirmary, North Manchester General Hospital, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.


What you need to know


    Entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    You must have one of the following: 

    • 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).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £1,470 per 30 credit module
    Part-time 2025/26 £1,530 per 30 credit module

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    September 2024

    September 2025