Advancing Diabetes Care - Module / MSc / PgCert / PgDip

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Module - Distance Learning
    MSc - Distance Learning
    PgCert - Distance Learning
    PgDip - Distance Learning
  • Location: Online Learning

This programme is a collaboration between Birmingham City University and the University Hospitals Birmingham Diabetes Team. This is an online course with the option of bespoke flying faculty delivery available for international partners.

This innovative programme is designed to help you gain a greater understanding of the complexities of living with diabetes and how best to support and enable effective individualised self-management. It is suitable for healthcare professionals including GPs, hospital-based doctors, specialist nurses and practice nurses, midwives, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists, psychologists and other roles in many healthcare sectors.

You will develop a wide range of skills, learn about new and emerging evidence and gain critical understanding in diabetes care. You will acquire knowledge to develop and improve clinical practice in the care of people living with diabetes across the age span. You will take an evidence-based holistic approach to the provision and delivery of individualised diabetes care.

What's covered in the course?

This programme has been designed in collaboration with clinical colleagues and blends theoretical approaches with practicalities of service development and person-centred care approaches. The international dimension of diabetes and application of culturally appropriate diabetes care in different environments and resources underpins this programme. Through different modules, you will explore your employment situation, recognise the potential for excellence in practice-led care, extend and enhance your employability and career progression. You will also identify ways in which you can improve your practice and services in order to pioneer new interdisciplinary service developments.

The programme will enable practitioners working in various aspects of care, with people either at risk of or living with diabetes, to develop knowledge and skills in diabetes care. You will develop analytical skills through interactive online learning opportunities, so that you are able to critically examine practices within the context of the legislative and professional frameworks of your own country.

Why Choose Us?

  • This brand new course has been developed to meet the needs of interdisciplinary healthcare practitioners working in partnership with people living with diabetes
  • This course aims to address the global increase in the number of people both at risk of developing diabetes and living with diabetes, and the developments in care needed to support these people
  • The course has a global perspective, using our knowledge and experience of working with international partners

This course is open to International students

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Course Accreditations

University Hospitals Birmingham

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

Must hold current professional registration with a UK regulatory body (NMC, HCPC, GMC). Students will normally have studied to BSc Hons or equivalent, ideally to include a Research Methods module. Or 

A minimum of two years in your area of area of clinical practice and a first degree or evidence of recent professionally related study at diploma or degree level. Or

Accredited degree level study within the last five years or the Birmingham City University module Essential Academic Skills to be completed prior to starting the programme.

Additionally

Completion of Non-Medical Prescribing at level 7 can be recognised through prior learning (RPL) into the programme.

 
International Students
Essential

The course is suitable for experienced professionals employed in health related settings with their own in-country professional registration.

A minimum of two years in your area of area of clinical practice and a first degree or evidence of recent professionally related study at diploma or degree level. Or

Evidence of study at degree level including in research methods. 

Additionally A certified ILETS score of 6.0 is required.

International Students

Entry requirements here

International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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  • UK students
  • EU and International students

Award: Module

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 9 months
  • TBC

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 3 years
  • TBC

Award: PgCert

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 year
  • TBC

Award: PgDip

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 years
  • TBC

Award: Module

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 9 months
  • TBC

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 3 years
  • TBC

Award: PgCert

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 1 year
  • TBC

Award: PgDip

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 2 years
  • TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Core Modules

Effective Person-centred Diabetes Education
20 credits

Our effective person-centred diabetes education module has been designed to advance an enhanced, critical understanding of how individuals learn about their diabetes. This module emphasises the individual lived experience of diabetes in an age-appropriate way. The holistic nature of diabetes and effective engagement during person-centred contact is critically examined. Reflection of ‘Making every contact count’ in a meaningful way to meet individual needs in promotion of knowledge and effective self-management skills is fundamental to this module. Critical examination of current and emerging ways of delivering effective education, whilst acknowledging individual health literacy, with differing groups of people underpins this module.

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

This module specifically addresses the broader programme aims related to “pursuing excellence” and “practice-led, knowledge applied” through a flexible provision that encourages students to develop their research ideas, enabling those on various Health MSc programmes to satisfy their individual learning needs, whilst contributing to their area of study

Leadership in Diabetes Care
20 credits

Our leadership in diabetes care module acknowledges that health professionals play a pivotal role in the experience of people living with diabetes. Interdisciplinary team working in partnership with people experiencing diabetes embraces the skills to deliver effective, efficient and efficacious diabetes care. Contemporary evidence emphasises the partnership working potential of interdisciplinary working of effective teams, but also highlights where collaborative practices of teams or team members can place restrictions on services and lack growth of psychological or service development opportunities in diabetes care.

This module investigates team working with a focus on unleashing successful opportunities for service development recognition whilst engaging in a culture of evidence, person to person communication, humanity and concern to support the delivery of person centred effective and individualised diabetes care.

Dissertation
40 or 60 credits

40 Credits

This double module provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 400 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice

60 Credits

This triple module forms the final bridge between the award of a Postgraduate Diploma and a Health MSc related to a named award. It provides the student with the opportunity to complete a piece of work around a chosen topic in order to demonstrate competence in the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of a Research Project, a Systematic Review or Project Management. It involves 600 hours of study. The focus is on facilitating the student's independent, critical study in their academic discipline or area of professional practice.

Optional Modules

Prevention and Screening in Diabetes
20 credits

Our prevention and screening in diabetes care module offers a comprehensive educational opportunity to critically investigate and evaluate current and prospective national and international methods of preventing type 2 diabetes through effective evidence based prevention opportunities. Also, investigation of current and emerging effective methods and evidence concerning complication prevention in people diagnosed with diabetes, through rigorous evidence based resources and opportunities to support people to live well with diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes – Opportunities and Complexities
20 credits

This module offers qualified health practitioners working with people living with type 1 diabetes the opportunity to extend the breadth, depth and complexity of their individual erudition and practice. Critically examining the knowledge, evidence and competencies to work at a higher level of practice to respond to the advancing glycaemic management techniques and developing digital technologies for people with type 1 diabetes.

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
10 credits

This module is suited to healthcare professionals or others with an interest in obesity, prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. It gives an insight into the complex link between obesity and health, specifically in relation to type 2 diabetes and co-morbidities. This underpins a specialist and holistic approach. Obesity in the UK and internationally is a contemporary health concern, with recognition that it is one of the leading preventable causes of death currently. Rising rates of childhood obesity have been recognised as a UK national emergency.

Effective Diabetes Care for Pregnancy
10 credits

This module offers qualified health practitioners working with people experiencing diabetes an advanced career pathways which include higher level specialist practice, career progression in diabetes care, research development, publication opportunities and management of developing service opportunities.

This module recognises the importance of practitioners working with women with all types of diabetes, in planning, managing, delivering and evaluating effective evidence based diabetes care before, during and after pregnancy. The risks of pregnancy in diabetes for the mother and baby and the reasons for the adverse outcomes will be critically examined with reference to national and international evidence and guidelines for practice. Diabetes occurring during pregnancy is becoming increasing more prevalent and the escalating public health risk of gestational diabetes is recognised.

Psychological and Psycho-social Aspects of Diabetes
10 credits

Our psychological and psycho-social aspects of diabetes module offers an opportunity to critically consider and investigate the intricacies and complexities of living with diabetes. People with diabetes can experience disproportionately high rates of mental ill health including increased incidences of depression, anxiety, distress and eating disorders.

Children and Young People's Diabetes Care
20 credits

This module offers qualified healthcare practitioners working with children & young people with diabetes, the opportunity to extend the breadth, depth and complexity of their individual practice. To equip them with the knowledge and competencies to work at a higher level of practice to respond and, as such, reflect the strategic direction of Children and Young Persons Diabetes Care Services nationally and internationally. This module provides a comprehensive postgraduate learning experience that fosters the use of problem solving, using solution focused techniques with children, young people and their families.

Care and Prevention of Diabetes-related Complications
20 credits

This module offers qualified health practitioners working with people living with diabetes the opportunity to extend the breadth, depth and complexity of their individual erudition and practice. Critically examining the knowledge, evidence and competencies to work at a higher level of practice to respond to prevention of complication of diabetes, and / or active evidence based management to prolong independence and promote quality of life.

Physical activity management in diabetes care
10 credits

This module offers qualified health practitioners working with people living with diabetes the opportunity to extend the breadth, depth and complexity of their individual erudition and practice in relation to the promotion and inclusion of suitable physical activity advice and engagement that is person centred and culturally appropriate. Utilising an interdisciplinary approach this will support individuals and communities to understand more about the role of physical activity in their health and diabetes prevention or care.

Course Structure

To complete a Postgraduate Certificate you will need 60 credits including the core module - Effective person-centred diabetes education.  

To complete a Postgraduate Diploma you will need 120 credits including all core modules, except the dissertation.

To complete the MSc you will need to complete 180 credits. 70 credits of optional modules are required to gain the 180 credits needed for the MSc.

How you will be taught

This is an online course. Bespoke face-to-face teaching will also be available for international students.

University Hospitals Birmingham
University Hospitals Birmingham

This programme is a collaboration between Birmingham City University and the University Hospitals Birmingham Diabetes Team.

Assessments 

An extensive range of assessments are utilised within this programme, which include podcasts, webinars, video conferencing presentations and debates, article preparation for publication, case reviews, critical incidence analysis and service development opportunities.

Employability

diabetes employabilityThe international dimension of diabetes and application of culturally appropriate diabetes care in different environments and resources underpins this programme. The modules will allow you to explore your employment situation, recognise the potential for excellence in practice-led care, extend and enhance your employability and career progression and identify ways in which you can improve your practice and services and pioneer new interdisciplinary service developments.

By undertaking the core modules and then tailoring your programme with a choice of bespoke optional modules you can tailor your MSc to best suit your individual and service lead needs. This facilitates you creating your MSc to best fit your service, your personal development and expands your employability upon completion.  Your MSc will advance your diabetes clinical practice and research skills to enable you to deliver sophisticated person-centred diabetes care whilst embracing new and emerging evidence into your daily practice.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Advanced Diabetes Care course is delivered through the an online learning resource, with online study materials to guide you through the appropriate topics, as well as providing links to other resources. You will also need textbooks, and a full reading list is provided with each module syllabus.

Although it is taught by distance learning, you will still have regular contact with your module tutor by email or telephone. We also offer optional periodic seminar talks where you can meet the course team, along with your fellow students.

Bespoke taught modules can be taught internationally by Flying Faculty. Get in touch with the course leader Anne Phillips to find out more:

Anne Phillips staff profile

Anne Phillips

Associate Professor in Diabetes Care

Anne Phillips is a Queens Nurse and a National Teaching Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. After a career in specialist and community diabetes nursing in London and Yorkshire, Anne previously worked with colleagues at the University of York and established a countrywide and international collaborative curriculum for Health Professionals in Diabetes Care. She also worked with Diabetes UK with clinical colleagues to provide an annual diabetes conference for primary care in the Northern & Yorkshire area.

Anne has a Honorary Contract as a Diabetes Research Nurse with the Diabetes Team at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Birmingham.