Entry requirements

Applicants must hold an appropriate first degree with a minimum of 2:2 honours, or hold appropriate professional qualifications.

Applications are invited from:

  • junior doctors
  • NHS staff
  • international students with appropriate qualifications
  • international doctors or healthcare professionals
  • those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Biomedical Science, Dietetics) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This course aims to inform and equip the practitioner with the necessary skills to function in a modern biomedical/clinical environment specialising in caring for the diabetes patient, and will be relevant to researchers, day-to-day NHS hospital and general practice.

Why Study Diabetes with us?

Our course is delivered by a research-active group of academic staff, supplemented by clinicians and biomedical scientists.

You will receive training in research skills required in the interpretation of the literature and translating that into evidencebased practice.

The course is mapped to The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board Speciality Training Curriculum for Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus.

If research is your interest, successful completion of the MSc will allow you to register onto one of our PhD courses.

How will I be taught?

Modules are delivered as three-day intensive courses to facilitate attendance from students in employment. Weekly support sessions and journal club supplement learning – all held in our modern facilities in Bache Hall on the Countess of Chester Hospital Campus.

Total contact hours for the whole course are 360 hours, out of a total study time of 1,800 hours.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework, which may focus on case studies, clinical reviews, laboratory reports, posters or oral presentations.

The course culminates in the Research Dissertation, which will be assessed through your production of two articles in the style of published scientific work.

Work Based Learning

You will be assessed via coursework assignments, which may focus on clinical reviews, laboratory reports, posters, or data manipulation exercises.

The Research Dissertation is assessed by the production of a substantial review paper and an academic research article suitable for publication in an appropriate research journal.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-48 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Chester Medical School