Taught course


Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Podiatry

Entry requirements

An honours degree or equivalent in a health or health-related discipline (human biochemistry and physiology) with an involvement in diabetes care.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists who are involved in diabetes care. It aims to develop the scientific basis for improvement in diabetes clinical practice and public health using robust epidemiological, laboratory and social science methodologies.

Diabetes is becoming an increasingly common condition amongst every population group, both in the developed and developing countries. It has a major impact on the physical, psychological and general wellbeing of individuals and their families. It can lead to disabilities, for example blindness, chronic morbidity and mortality through heart disease, stroke and renal failure. Yet, there is evidence that effective treatment can increase life expectancy, reduce the risk of complications and even delay or prevent onset. This course will prepare you to take an evidence-based approach to diabetic care and will allow you to specialise in an area of your choice. It has been developed with clinical colleagues and blends the theoretical perspectives with practicalities of implementing an effective diabetic care programme. This course emphasises the effective use of multidisciplinary teams in problem solving and patient care.

The course is based at QMU, but there is opportunity to study the international dimension of diabetes and apply the principles to care in developing countries.

Information for international students

If you do not hold a recent, acceptable English language qualification you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

Fees and funding

UK students
£550 per 15 credit module

International Funding

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
12 months

Further details of qualification

This course is delivered by online e-learning either full time or part time.

Course contact details

Derek Santos
+44 (0) 131 474 0000