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UK varsity offers future-ready diabetes healthcare programme

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Aiming to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required to meet future diabetes healthcare demands, Britain’s University of Southampton has invited applications for its one-year MSc Diabetes Best Practice programme that covers pathophysiology, epidemiology, aetiology and management of diabetes in adults and the young.

Ranked amongst the top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2017, University of Southampton’s Faculty of Medicine has designed the programme to provide learners with effective education and training in developing the best practice in diabetes care including its diagnosis, treatment, psychology and management as well as management of people with diabetes, the university said.

Taught by internationally acclaimed experts with rich experience of diabetes management, research and education, the programme is supplemented with recommendations from the World Health Organisation, International Diabetes Federation, Diabetes UK, Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The high utility programme, which will commencing from September 2017, also accommodates a ‘step on step off’ structure in which shorter programmes are offered within the MSc including two Postgraduate Certificates as well as a Postgraduate Diploma Best Practice.

Students taking the full MSc are required to take the three core modules and four optional modules, which are taught using a variety of methods including lectures, seminars and extensive research work, according to the University of Southampton.

The 16,710-pound programme would enable healthcare professionals including GPs, hospital-based doctors, specialist nurses, practice nurses, dieticians, podiatrists, psychologists and other professionals in numerous healthcare sectors to take on a more specialist role in the management of diabetes both in the field of healthcare communities and hospitals.

“Candidates are required to have a first or upper second class Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university in a health or health-related field. Candidates who are not graduates, can apply if their qualifications have been specially approved for this purpose by the Faculty. The English language requirements include an overall 7.0 IELTS score,” the university said.

The key modules of this programme are Foundations of Diabetes, Clinical Research Skills and a 6,000 word Dissertation, whereas the optional modules include Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes through the Ages, MODNAP (Modern Management of Diabetes, Nutrition and Pharmacology) and many more.

A thorough understanding of these modules will enable learners to develop and demonstrate scientific understanding and research, clinical knowledge, critical thinking and facilitate them to apply new research findings to improve the management of people with diabetes.

Students applying for this programme are eligible for Southampton Merit Scholarships worth 3,000 pound, the Chevening Scholarship and the Commonwealth Scholarships. These scholarships will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction.

The application deadline for the programme is May 15, 2017.

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