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Type 1 Diabetes – Opportunities and Complexities - 20 credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR7589
  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: January 2021
  • Study mode: Distance Learning (200 hours)
  • Location: Online Learning

Studying with us in 2020/21

While the majority of our teaching will be carried out face-to-face this year, you will be taught as part of a blended learning approach. This means that you will have a mix of on-campus and online learning. Find out more about learning and teaching in 2020/21.

Type 1 diabetes is an increasingly common auto-immune condition which affects every age group. The immunology, genetics, environmental factors and increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes will be critically examined. 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.

What's covered in the course?

Care approaches and partnership working with people with type 1 diabetes needs to be designed and delivered in a person-enabling and age appropriate way. Type 1 diabetes is complex and unpredictable and requires person-centred engagement to optimise knowledge and self-management techniques.

Increasing use of insulin delivery technologies and glycaemic management opportunities will be core to this module. Alongside the human factors of living well with type 1 diabetes to promote safety, engagement, psychological support and enablement are essential, when working with people living with the daily challenges of type 1 diabetes. Case scenarios and special situations in type 1 diabetes care will be critically examined within this module.

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...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

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  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 200 hours
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 200 hours
  • £720 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 structure

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

  • Causes: immunology, genetics, viral, seasonal, environmental & geographical variations
  • Incidence, prevalence, epidemiology
  • Insulin delivery & age appropriate knowledge for insulin replacement
  • Gender considerations
  • Developing and emerging technologies in insulin delivery & continuous glucose monitoring
  • Interpretation of glucose and insulin results, resistance or sensitivity
  • Blood glucose experiences & complexities
  • Complications of type 1 diabetes
  • Disordered eating
  • Service user experience & dis-engagement
  • Hypoglycaemia management
  • Glucose management & teaching people with type 1 diabetes the skills in an age appropriate way
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Inpatient management & primary care management
  • Partnership working and enablement across age groups
  • Physical activity management
  • HbA1c and factors affecting
  • Human factors & person-centred care delivery
  • Safety netting
  • Driving advice
  • Legal considerations
  • End of life management


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.


  • Short assignment
  • On line Case CGM download weekly series

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

Dr 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.

Read Anne's full profile

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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