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Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes - Module

  • Course Code: LBR7591
  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: March 2020
  • Study mode: Distance Learning (100 hours)
  • Location: Online Learning

The module provides insight into screening and detection methods for obesity and type 2 diabetes and will consider the evidence base to both prevent and manage these conditions at both an individual and a population level.

What's covered in the course?

The genetics, epidemiology, evolution, aetiology and pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes is critically examined. Effective management of obesity and diabetes requires many complex interrelated issues including psychological and quality of life concerns. Evidence based treatment opportunities are critically appraised as to efficacious and effectiveness nationally and internationally.

Obesity related diabetes is recognised as a long-term condition and its care requires specialist, inter-disciplinary and person-centred teamwork.

This module is designed to be a clinically orientated and practical course. It will lead to an understanding of the rationale behind current approaches to care of people with obesity.

Why Choose Us?

  • This module is delivered as a standalone, or as part of the MSc in Advancing Diabetes Care pathway
  • This module aligns with the post-graduate philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led
  • You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving
  • You can study this module completely online
  • You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences within an online discussion forum with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities
  • You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team


This course is worth...

10 credits

This course is open to International students

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 100 hours
  • £680 per 20-credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 100 hours
  • £680 per 20-credit module

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.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone who has a current professional registration from the country of your practice.

If you are an international student then you must obtain an IETS Score of 6.0 in all fields.

Course overview

This module is delivered online and contains filmed video vignettes, cast studies, student lead work areas, evidence resources, webinars and guided study approaches with regular access through the learning to your module leader and teaching team.

Indicative content

  • Screening and detection methods for obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Evidence to prevent and manage obesity and type 2 diabetes at both an individual and a population level
  • Genetics, epidemiology, evolution, aetiology and pathogenesis of obesity and diabetes
  • Inflammatory approaches in obesity
  • Evidence based management encompassing complex interrelated issues including psychological and quality of life
  • Evidence based treatment opportunities nationally and internationally
  • Obesity related diabetes as a long-term condition
  • Specialist, inter-disciplinary and person-centred teamwork


Career pathways on completion of this programme include higher level specialist practice, career progression in diabetes care, research development, publication opportunities and management of developing service opportunities.


  • Written assignment

This 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.

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.

Wasim Hanif

Professor Wasim Hanif

Visiting Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology

Professor Wasim Hanif is a Consultant Physician at University Hospital Birmingham and is also a Visiitng Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology her at Birmingham City University. 

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Anne Phillips on:

Further Study

You can take this module as part of the MSc in Advancing Diabetes Care. 

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