Taught course


Ulster University · Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Students will be considered for entry to the PgCert in Diabetes programme on an individual basis in line with the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). The minimum criteria for entrants to the PgCert in Diabetes are as follows: (1) Applicants must have gained a degree in a relevant Life Sciences discipline or another related discipline from a University in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or an institution which is recognised by the senate for this purpose; or (2) Hold a Graduate Diploma or an approved qualification plus a degree in a biomedical or health science or other relevant area. (3) Candidates who do not meet the above requirements but who hold other qualifications and professional experience may be considered eligible for admission to the programme by demonstration of appropriate and significant experiential learning demonstrating that they meet graduate qualities. Candidates wishing to enter via this route must complete an APEL form (with a portfolio of evidence if appropriate) and send it with their application. (4) Applicants will have to provide evidence of competence in written or spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The PgCert in Diabetes provides students with the opportunity to learn the relevant and contemporary scientific issues covering aspects ranging from the mechanisms and pathophysiology of diabetes through the science underpinning clinical diagnosis and pharmacology of diabetes.

The part-time PgCert in Diabetes provides an in-depth understanding of core principles underlying the scientific basis of diabetes and diabesity in clinical practice, covering key aspects in the cellular and biochemical events in insulin secretion and action, pharmacology of diabetes therapies and the clinical diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of this major chronic metabolic condition. The part-time PgCert in Diabetes will be taken over two academic semesters with students taking one 30-credit point module per semester over one academic year. In semester one, students will study the specialist diabetes module Diabetes: Science and Therapeutics (30 credit points). This will be followed by the module Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Science (30 credit points) in semester two. Following successful completion of both modules (60 credits) the student will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
9 months

Course contact details

Dr Jayne Devlin
+44 (0) 28 7012 4159