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A strong foundation in diabetes education with particular emphasis on the science underlying this global healthcare problem.


Study Diabetes at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The PgCert in Diabetes provides students with the opportunity to learn the relevant and contemporary scientific issues covering aspects ranging from the mechanisms and pathophysiology of diabetes through the science underpinning clinical diagnosis and pharmacology of diabetes.

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About this course

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The part-time PgCert in Diabetes provides an in-depth understanding of core principles underlying the scientific basis of diabetes and diabesity in clinical practice, covering key aspects in the cellular and biochemical events in insulin secretion and action, pharmacology of diabetes therapies and the clinical diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of this major chronic metabolic condition. The part-time PgCert in Diabetes will be taken over two academic semesters with students taking one 30-credit point module per semester over one academic year. In semester one, students will study the specialist diabetes module Diabetes: Science and Therapeutics (30 credit points). This will be followed by the module Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Science (30 credit points) in semester two. Following successful completion of both modules (60 credits) the student will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Diabetes.


Part-time, fully online.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Diabetes: Science and Therapeutics

Year: 1

This module provides a comprehensive overview of the scientific background to diabetes and diabesity. It covers all the major areas of current scientific knowledge including mechanisms of insulin secretion, diabetes pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and therapeutic strategies. It is designed to equip student with skills to critically evaluate current scientific literature describing diabetes and diabesity physiology, pathobiology and therapeutic advances and care.

Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare Sciences

Year: 1

A work-based module where students review, after consultation with their line manager, an aspect of their professional practice identifying evidence to support their recommendations, initiate the keeping of a professional reflective diary and submit a portfolio of evidence to support their action research plan. Students currently not in employment will be given advice on suitable topics from the module co-ordinator.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Students will be considered for entry to the PgCert in Diabetes programme on an individual basis in line with the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). The minimum criteria for entrants to the PgCert in Diabetes are as follows: (1) Applicants must have gained a BSc Hons degree (min 2.2 classification) in a relevant Life Sciences discipline or another related discipline from a University in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or an institution which is recognised by the senate for this purpose; or (2) Hold a Graduate Diploma or an approved qualification plus a degree in a biomedical or health science or other relevant area. (3) Candidates who do not meet the above requirements but who hold other qualifications and professional experience may be considered eligible for admission to the programme by demonstration of appropriate and significant experiential learning demonstrating that they meet graduate qualities. Candidates wishing to enter via this route must complete an APEL form (with a portfolio of evidence if appropriate) and send it with their application. (4) Applicants will have to provide evidence of competence in written or spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Core material will be delivered through online lectures complemented by online discussion boards, problem-based learning scenarios, independent study, and module assignments. The programme is based on 100% coursework which will be used to assess outcomes and facilitate learning and integration of knowledge. Structured coursework will include literature-based assignments, multiple-choice questions, problem-based learning, essays and other formative coursework as appropriate.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The academic content of this programme will provide a new opportunity for students to specialise further in their own scientific field and will provide them with the confidence to compete for higher specialist post, as they arise in the Health Services and Industry.


The programme starts annually in late September. Deadline for receipt of applications is normally one month in advance of programme commencement (31 August of the year of entry); however, late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the Course Committee.

Applications are made online.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4159


Course Director: Dr Jayne Devlin

T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4944