Taught course

Quality Diabetes Care

University of Dundee · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Attended a University, or other institution approved by the Faculty Board. Obtained a first degree in a healthcare discipline or other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Programme Director. Demonstrate competence in English language at a level satisfactory to the University. We require applicants to provide certification of their English language qualifications. Where possible, you should send a copy of your certificate with your application. If you are unable to provide evidence, we may assess your level of English language during the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will be of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, podiatrists) working either as generalists or in specialist diabetes care settings. It will equip participants with essential skills and modern evidence based practice for clinical management of diabetes patients. In addition, this programme offers knowledge and practical experience in organisational management, reflective practice and quality improvement.

The online delivery of the course means that you can complete the work in your free time. This is ideal for those who wish to study whilst also working full time.

This distance-learning course will:

  • equip you with skills in managing the care of diabetes patients
  • offer you practical experience in organisational management
  • provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your current diabetes care process
  • prepare you for improving the quality of diabetes care in your work environment

What you will study

Year 1: PG Certificate

The proposed Year 1 PG certificate programme will be taught over a period of 12 months. It will be taught and assessed as 3 x 20 credit compulsory modules (SCQF level 11 credits), namely:

  1. Diabetes Clinical Care (20 credits)
  2. Diabetes Organisational Care (20 credits)
  3. Enhanced Patient Care and Professional Development (20 credits)

Year 2: PG Diploma

Students who decide to progress to the diploma stage will have the option of doing a further two modules totalling 60 credits. These modules will develop further advanced skills in clinical care and organisation, healthcare quality improvement and research methodology to allow students to develop their own diabetes service more effectively and embed skills required for their 3rd year dissertation (thesis).

Two of the modules also run as part of the MSc in Quality Improvement:

  1. Quality Improvement in Action (30 credits)
  2. Developing Research and Evaluation Skills (compulsory for students continuing to Year 3) (30 credits)

The third optional module for year 2 is

  1. Advanced Diabetes Clinical Practice (30 credits)

Year 3: MSc Dissertatation

Year 3 will involve students undertaking a more substantial project in the field of either Diabetes Care with either a Clinical/ Quality Improvement or Educational theme. Students will be allocated an appropriate university supervisor. This work will be presented as a 10-15,000 word thesis.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Deborah Wake
+44 (0)1382 383560