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

Please note

This course and the information on this page is indicative based on the 2019/20 academic year. The final details for this course starting in 2020/21 may be subject to change and will be confirmed by the end of September 2019.

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

Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

UK students

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.


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

International Students

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 or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Sep 2020 DL 9 months £720 per 20-credit module Register your interest
MSc Sep 2020 DL 3 years
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PgCert Sep 2020 DL 1 year £720 per 20-credit module Register your interest
PgDip Sep 2020 DL 2 years
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International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

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
Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits
Leadership in Diabetes Care
20 credits
40 or 60 credits

Optional Modules

Prevention and Screening in Diabetes
20 credits
Type 1 Diabetes – Opportunities and Complexities
20 credits
Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
10 credits
Effective Diabetes Care for Pregnancy
10 credits
Psychological and Psycho-social Aspects of Diabetes
10 credits
Children and Young People's Diabetes Care
20 credits
Care and Prevention of Diabetes-related Complications
10 credits
Promoting Physical Activity in Diabetes Care
20 credits

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.


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.


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 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.