Health Studies (Advanced Diabetes Care) MSc 2016-17

This course also available for 2017-18 entry

About the course

We are proud that our course currently:

•  Offers a diverse choice of option modules which are specialised for diabetes care, helping you to create a course that meets your current practice needs.

•  Is delivered by people with clinical expertise including academic staff and specialist practitioners who are all actively involved in research, aiming to ensure the course is up to date and informed by evidence.

•  Has a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care, appropriate for those who work in primary and secondary care.

•  Provides you with opportunity to network with professionals from different disciplines and share best practice.

This course is aimed at professionals from all healthcare sectors currently working in diabetes care. A multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of quality services for people with diabetes is essential. Utilising current evidence, you will be encouraged to reflect on and question existing practice in order to answer clinical questions in the management of a person with diabetes. You will explore the prevention, detection and management of the complications associated with diabetes. As well as examining the pathological, physiological and psychosocial factors which influence the condition throughout the lifespan of the individual.

Start date:
19 / 09 / 2016


1 year full-time
Also available 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

•  Be a healthcare professional registered with a professional body such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

•  Have at least 12 months post-registration employment.

•  Have an Honours degree at 2:2 or above. We will consider other qualifications and experience on an individual case basis.

•  If you wish to complete either Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

+ Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

This module helps to prepare you to be an Independent and Supplementary Prescriber. You will explore the relevant law, ethics, policy, evidence -based and practice components of prescribing. You will be assessed through coursework (worth 100% of module marks), in the form of a case study. You will also be assessed in practice by your medical mentor and complete an examination in pharmacology and numeracy and an in-class test which will be assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis.

or Conversion to Independent Prescribing for Physiotherapy/Podiatry Supplementary Prescribers

+ Conversion to Independent Prescribing for Physiotherapy/Podiatry Supplementary Prescribers

This module helps to prepare you to be an independent prescriber following your initial supplementary prescribing training. You will explore the relevant laws, ethics, policy, evidence based and practice components of independent prescribing. Assessment for the module will involve coursework (worth 100% of module marks). It will also include producing a personal formulary which will be assessed on a pass/refer/fail basis. Finally you will also be assessed in practice by your medical mentor which will be graded on a pass/refer/fail basis.

you must meet the current requirements with respect to DBS checks and medical mentors.

•  Please note: NMC or HCPC registrants selecting the Supporting Learning in Practice module require access to a student from their profession in clinical practice and to meet the requirements of their professional body for recognition.

•  For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

•  You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.


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Places available:
30 (this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Course content

Core modules:

+ Advanced Practice in Diabetes Care

In this module you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the prevention, detection and management of complications associated with diabetes by examining pathological, physiological and psychosocial factors, which influence the condition throughout the lifespan of the individual. Utilising current evidence, you will reflect on and question existing practice, in order to answer clinical questions regarding the management of an individual with diabetes. You will be assessed through a multiple choice examination (worth 25% of module marks) as well as a seen written exam (worth 75% of module marks).

+ Supporting Diabetes Self Care

Through this module various behavioural models will be applied to a range of issues which affect people with diabetes. You will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, enabling you to provide evidence based interventions for your patients with diabetes, in order to achieve desirable outcomes and goals. Assessment will involve undertaking a practical exam (worth 50% of module marks) and producing a piece of coursework (worth 50% of module marks), in the form of a patient clinical management plan.

+ Critical Appraisal of Research Literature

In this module you will be encouraged to develop your understanding of methodological design. You will study the critical appraisal of a variety of aspects of published quantitative and qualitative research in practice settings, and will consider the utilisation of your knowledge and skills in future career developments, through pursuing autonomous practice and agenda setting in your profession. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.

+ Research Project Preparation

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and skills required to design ethical and feasible research projects relevant to your practice, role or academic studies. You will also explore the different aspects involved when designing a research proposal. Assessment will involve producing one piece of coursework (worth 100% of module marks), in the form of a research proposal which addresses a particular practice need within your clinical area.

+ Project (Health Related)

This module involves the development of a working proposal, which may or may not be related to your place of work, facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. In addition you will be required to attend regular meetings with a named supervisor, who will be either a subject specialist or researcher in the field. You will be assessed through submission of coursework in the form of a project (worth 100% of module marks).

Plus 45 credits from Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development (SSPRD) modules depending on credit size appropriate to your profession. Please check the entry requirements for any module that you would like to study to ensure that you have the required professional registration and can meet all conditions, for example access to mentors, medical supervisors, students or patients, DBS checks, and practice.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course provides the opportunity to further enhance your career and develop specialist roles in diabetes care with local hospital and community services.

Teaching and assessment

The course is delivered through a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, simulation, e-learning, case-based tutorials and problem based learning. Assessment involves a variety of methods including action plans, oral examinations, practical examinations and written examinations, learning contracts, reports and written essays.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

In 2016/17, the tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £4,950 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.


This degree course is available to international students from outside of the UK or EU.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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