Taught course

Endocrinology and Diabetes

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · William Harvey Research Institute

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements for the course are MB BS or basic medical degree from universities recognised by the University of London. Candidates should generally have worked for one year after registration (two-three years post qualification).

Students must have access to a suitable computer and broadband access to the internet. Availability of minimum system specifications for using ‘Blackboard’ is required.

Months of entry


Course content

The popular Postgraduate diploma/MSc in Endocrinology and Diabetes is designed both as a complete curriculum in Endocrinology and Diabetes for new entrants into these fields and as an update and extension for those already in it. The course provides physicians, especially those training in endocrinology and related specialties, with a foundation in the theoretical and clinically-applied aspects of this discipline.

The unique aspects of this programme include:

  • World-class specialty faculty engaged in teaching and supervision
  • History of excellence of the centre for endocrinology at Barts and the London Medical School
  • Breadth of syllabus
  • Distance learning and novel teaching methods
  • Part time alongside clinical work.

The programme covers a comprehensive curriculum in clinical endocrinology. It is taught entirely by distance learning.

Aims of the course include:

  • To enhance awareness of the basic sciences and research techniques underpinning endocrinology and diabetes including literature searches, reviewing evidence, critical appraisal of scientific literature, use of databases, writing papers and articles and correct application of statistics.
  • To develop understanding of the clinical sciences relevant to specialist clinical practice in endocrinology and diabetes.
  • To develop knowledge of common and important disorders in endocrinology and diabetes at a level appropriate to underpin clinical experience and support independent practice.
  • To develop the problem-solving skills which will enable independent practice as a specialist.
  • To develop professional competencies of medical graduates in allied areas to understand the pathophysiology, investigation and management of endocrine disorders
  • To develop related transferable skills such as correct use of statistics, use of databases, literature searches, reviewing evidence, critical appraisal of scientific literature, writing papers and articles.
  • For students completing the independent research module also to focus on a piece of original research – this may be prospective and involve basic science or clinical skills and techniques or may focus on a detailed review of an area within the curriculum.

Studying this course will lead to improved knowledge in the subject including up-to-date and emerging areas of research. Completion of the course may be considered favourably by training bodies and prospective employers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

William Harvey Research Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511