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A strong foundation in diabetes education with particular emphasis on the science underlying this global healthcare problem.Take a look
A strong foundation in diabetes education with particular emphasis on the science underlying this global healthcare problem.
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.
- September 2017
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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Diabetes: Science and Therapeutics
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
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 report 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.
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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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 degree 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
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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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.
ApplyHow to apply
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 to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.
- September 2017
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy
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Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.