Research course

Research Degrees in the Institute for Diabetes for Older People

University of Bedfordshire · Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School
MSc by researchMPhilPhD

Entry requirements

A good Honours Primary degree in Science or in a related area or an undergraduate degree in medicine. Overseas students will also need to satisfy the relevant university regulations to undertake a research degree. Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy. Check English language requirements.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

Key features

  • Part time and full time research leading to a MSc/MPhil/PhD in a relevant scientific and/or clinical discipline
  • Research supervision by senior NHS clinical academics
  • Courses are based within the Beds and Herts Postgraduate Medical School (BHPMS)

About the course

Research is available in clinical and medical areas relating to diabetes, stroke illness, metabolic disease, health services research, and mental health. Research supervision is by local clinical academics and NHS specialists. If necessary, honorary clinical contracts at local NHS trust can be applied for. IDOP is seen by many as the national lead organisation for diabetes and older people and is led by Professor Alan Sinclair, a world-renowned expert in diabetes, who is Dean of the Beds and Herts Postgraduate Medical School.

Career opportunities

Qualification by research through IDOP is likely to offer home-based and overseas students an important step forward in their clinical or non-clinical careers. Qualification at Master’s level provides the additional opportunity to study at PhD level.

The University welcomes research degree applications in the following areas:

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes and older people
  • Diabetes and dementia
  • Diabetes and public health issues

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit the Research Graduate School website.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
Variable months
full time
Variable months


part time
Variable months
full time
Variable months


part time
Variable months
full time
Variable months

Course contact details

Research Graduate School
+44 (0)1582 489056