Diabetes Care MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Peterborough (Guild House), Cambridge

January 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time

January starts will study in Cambridge; September starts will study in Peterborough


If you’re keen to advance your skills and knowledge of diabetes, our multiprofessional course is for you. Engaging with a vast body of information about the area, you’ll also develop the professional attitudes that are required to meet the increasingly complex demands within diabetes care.

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Full description


Diabetes and endocrinology is one of the most challenging and rewarding of all health care specialties. Offering people with diabetes the opportunity to access a whole range of expertise, our course will expand your relevant skills and knowledge within this field to meet the expectations of the NHS. Our friendly and welcoming staff also teach consistently alongside the 2020 Vision Workforce Skills Strategy from the Health Education East of England.

If you’ve been working in diabetes care, our course will support you in meeting the requirement for holding a senior post with the expectation of working or obtaining a Masters degree. If you’re not from the UK, you’ll have wider opportunities to progress with your career in health care, higher education or other sectors.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Advanced Practice in Diabetes Care
    This module is aimed at all practitioners, especially those with an interest in the management of adults and children with diabetes. It will help you enhance your existing knowledge and skills for delivering evidence-based diabetes care and exercise your higher levels of judgment, discretion and decision making. Key aspects of diabetes care will be explored including the epidemiology, pathophysiology, novel biomarkers and diagnosis criteria of diabetes; main types of diabetes and short-term and long-term complications. You will analyse key standards required to improve diabetes care either in a primary or secondary care setting.
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes
    This module addresses the management of psychosocial issues of children and adults with diabetes. It will help you enhance your existing knowledge and skills in supporting patients’ psychosocial wellbeing based on current evidence based interventions. Psychosocial and self-care management issues are analysed together with psychosocial interventions. You will use critical analysis and self-reflection to deliver psychosocial interventions which will enhance coping strategies, self-adherence or self-care management of people with diabetes.
  • Research Proposal
    This module will provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice and regulation and policy. It will provide you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of enquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.
  • Major Project
    The Major Project, which is central to the Masters award, enables students to demonstrate their ability to synthesise learning from previous modules and use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate: the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism; depth of knowledge which may involve working at current limits of theoretical and/or research understanding; critical understanding of research methods and its relationship to knowledge; awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice; the ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory; the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge to develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development to best practice; the ability to communicate these processes in a clear and sophisticated fashion; the capability to evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner. In the course of your studies with us you may generate intellectual property which is defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else. By registering with us on your course you automatically assign any such intellectual property to us unless we agree with the organisation covering the cost of your course that this is retained by them. In consideration of you making this assignment you will be entitled to benefit from a share in any income generated in accordance with our Revenue Sharing Policy in operation at that time. Details of our Intellectual Property Policy and Guidelines can be found on My.Anglia under Research, Development and Commercial Services or by contacting this Office for a hard copy.

Optional modules

  • Advancing Decision Making for Healthcare Professionals
    The aim of this module is to advance your decision making skills through critical reflection particularly in the area of advanced organisational practice. The demands of modern healthcare systems require the development of roles for confident autonomous organisational practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing health sector environment and to play key roles in service development. This is particularly important in advanced organisational practice and you will be encouraged to focus on new or advanced areas of service developments and consider issues such as ethics, legislation and quality assurance. You will need to be able to utilise both strategic and operational decision making skills within an area of advanced organisational development and/or practice and to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the outcomes of the decision making process, either as an individual or within a team/organisational context.
  • Global Leadership
    Businesses, whether private, public or third sector, operate in a world facing a range of urgent global issues. This module examines the fitness of business in both Health and Social care and other sectors and individuals to tackle such issues. The key focus will be: effective decision making, adoption of a global approach, creation of a new business paradigm and a contemporary mission. Our module also considers the related concept of MisLeadership, which looks at how leaders have often failed to achieve the optimum outcomes for those they lead. Leaders predominantly create context and this module will explore the skills required to successfully mould and develop the context in a complex evolving environment. Our module will critically examine the following areas: emotional intelligence; leadership behaviours in the 21st century; definitions of leadership, global leadership and misleadership within the context of urgent global concerns; strategic decision making; environmental change; the role of the individual in a leadership position individually, in an organisation and in the wider community; organisational culture; complexity theory; hard and soft systems methodologies; local, national and international policy.

Please note that you will choose one of the above optional modules. Modules are subject to change.


Our course is assessed through a wide range of methods.  From written assignments and oral presentations to written examinations, each type of assessment is dependent on the module you’re undertaking. 

You’ll be required to relate analysis to your own discipline, and to demonstrate your ability to enhance the quality and standards of diabetes care through relevant diabetes competency frameworks.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Peterborough (Guild House)
Guild House

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.