MSc Diabetes Practice

The MSc Diabetes Practice programme at Swansea University Medical School has been specifically designed for Health Care Professionals (HCPs), particularly current or future Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSNs), who wish to specialise in the field of diabetes. It provides advanced knowledge, clinical skills and experience, and aims to combat the decreasing numbers of DSNs highlighted by the Diabetes UK DSN Workforce Survey 2016.

This unique programme is a modular distance learning course, offering HCPs the opportunity to graduate with a MSc Diabetes Practice degree studying full or part time.  Exit qualifications are also available at Postgraduate (PG) Diploma and PG Certificate level.  

The curriculum is multidisciplinary in nature, reflecting the integrated management processes within diabetes. The course not only includes specialised training, diagnostic and assessment-based knowledge, but also encompasses personal and professional development, reflective practice and problem-based learning. It has been  designed by members of the multidisciplinary diabetes team including DSNs, diabetologists, pharmacists, dietitians and psychologists. The clinical lead for the programme is Prof Stephen Bain with Dr Rebecca Thomas and Dr Sarah Prior as the programme directors.

The course contains a unique residential element, where Modules 2 and 5 include a 5-day residential period that explore the practical side of diabetes management. These hands-on training sessions look in detail at the modern therapies and technologies that are increasingly being used in treatment strategies. 

Following completion of this course, students will have improved knowledge of not only diabetes, but also of the pharmaceuticals and technologies available to help people with diabetes to manage their condition. The course objective is to also improve HCP empathy with people with diabetes, helping to improve the relationship and achieve better outcomes. In addition, the course aims to promote best practice guidelines and raise awareness of good models of care, which could be implemented to reduce NHS costs and improve diabetes outcomes. The ethos of the programme is that by improving the education of those HCPs involved in diabetes care they can in turn improve the education of people living with diabetes to engage them in and improve their self-management skills.

The programme board includes:

Module leads – Prof Stephen Bain, Prof Jeffrey Stephens, Dr Gareth Dunseath, Dr Rajesh Peter, Julie Lewis and Sian Bodman

Contributors – Prof Stephen Bain, Prof Jeffrey Stephens, Prof David Owens, Prof Rhys Williams, Prof Jonathan Barry, Dr Sarah Prior, Dr Rebecca Thomas, Dr Gareth Dunseath, Dr Richard Chudleigh, Dr Pratik Choudhary, Dr Emma Wilmot, Dr Rose Stewart, Dr Richard Bracken, Dr David Millar-Jones, Dr Thinzar Min, Dr David Price, Dr Julia Platts, Dr Amrit Lamba, Dr Doruk Elker, Dr Hood Thabit, Dr Sarah Davies, Dr Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Dr Jacqueline Allan, Dr Paul Peter, Ann Lewis, Julie Lewis, Andrea Miller, Alison Gorman, Elizabeth Brimacombe, Chris Cottrell, Rebecca Reeve, Claire Jenkins, Sara Crowley, Helen Kilminster

Academic mentor – Dr Rebecca Thomas, Dr Sarah Prior, Dr Gareth Dunseath, Dr Rachel Churm

Learning technologist – David Ruckley

Education support – Gareth Noble (Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies), Nikola Aston, Rebecca Brown and Petra Roach

For more information on the programme as well as tuition fees and student loans or bursary’s as well as links to apply for the programme please visit the course page on the Swansea University Medical School website