Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes (Online Delivery)


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Pontypridd (Campus code - A )


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Tuition Fees

For full information about tuition fees for this course, please visit our money pages.

Additional Costs

There will be additional travel and residential costs for a two day induction course at the University of South Wales. Please allow £25 – £49 for recommended accommodation.

There is also travel and residential costs for the induction course for international students in South Africa. The suggested accommodation costs in South Africa are 550R – 750R.

The residential induction is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend you attend.

Entry Requirements

First degree or equivalent (including international qualifications)

Health-related background

APL may be negotiated on an individual basis



  • International-diabetes-federation

Diabetes is a growing worldwide epidemic. Consequently, emphasis is placed on tackling this disease through all members of the multidisciplinary team.

About Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes (Online Delivery)

Essential Information

This clinically-focussed online part-time course is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver a first rate diabetes service, and independently access information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for diabetes care. This course has been recognised by the International Diabetes Federation and focuses on the person with diabetes and supports the improvement of care. The course recognises the contribution of the whole diabetes team and prepares professionals for specialist practice.

You will develop problem-solving skills in preparation for leadership roles in the global context of diabetes care.

The course is delivered by an innovative and experienced team who have an established international reputation in diabetes and medical education.

The curriculum is based on the International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education produced by the International Diabetes Federation and therefore meets the highest international standards for diabetes education.

“I have always studied at this University, as the lecturers are very supportive. I chose distance learning as it suited my needs, fitting in with my work/life commitments. The course was extremely challenging and an interesting way of learning and sharing experiences with professionals from other countries.” Gaynor Jones – MSc Diabetes


The PGDip and MSc Diabetes courses are run in conjunction with a partner company and do not attract standard university fees. The fees for 2013/14 are £3,750 for the PGDip Diabetes and a further £3,750 for the MSc Diabetes, for both home and international students. Further details can be obtained from Katie Lowe at

What you will study

The course starts with a two day residential induction of clinically focussed teaching. Followed by the following six modules -

  • Principles of Diabetes
  • Approaches to Care
  • Promoting Self Care
  • Management of Diabetes
  • Complications (1)
  • Complications (2)

Each easy to use online module will last six weeks, using real life case problems linked to forum based discussions, a reflective portfolio, group activities and a case-based examination.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes (Online Delivery)

Learning and Teaching methods

The programme is delivered and assessed entirely on-line. At the outset, there is an optional two day residential programme covering the study skills needed to make the most of the course and a range of contemporary lectures and group work that reflect the course content.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed across the following components of the module:

  • Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion
  • Individual learning portfolio
  • Group/individual activity
  • Case based Examination

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes (Online Delivery)


The course has direct relevance to the demands of working roles and will assist in career enhancement and support specialisation. It is envisaged that most students will be in diabetes-related posts or aspiring to such positions.

The course provides appropriate post qualification preparation for roles in diabetes specialist teams, diabetes specialist nursing, practice nursing and allied health professionals aiming to provide diabetes services in primary care. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies are keen to support their representatives in postgraduate education and this qualification will be perceived favourably in career progression and specialisation.

Additional Information for Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes (Online Delivery)