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Diabetes (MSc)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)

Overview

* This course is suspended for 2017 entry. Subject to validation for 2018 entry. 

Upto £10,280 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL) for 2017 entry

The number of patients with diabetes, in particular, Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), has been steadily increasing with over 382 million patients of which over 95% are Type 2 whilst diabetes Type 1 accounts for around 5%. It is estimated that this number will rise to more than 560 million by year 2030, i.e. an increase of 147%, with the largest increase in prevalence in developing countries. Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of global mortality by disease.

Over the past three years, the Faculty of Science has had extensive consultations with a significant number of primary and secondary care physicians, diabetes specialist nurse practitioners and pharmaceutical industry to develop comprehensive post-graduate programme on diabetes. During the consultation, we identified the need at local, national and international level for the up-to-date training in diabetes management. Based on this, we have developed a focussed programme of study which will provide opportunity to potential candidates to gain up-to-date scientific, medical and clinical knowledge on management of diabetes. Moreover, the course is designed to improve clinical skills required for effective management of diabetes, ultimately aimed at improving patient outcome.

We aim to provide students with:

  1. A rich, dynamic and multidisciplinary learning environment of diabetes education for health care providers with various professional capacities/responsibilities within UK healthcare system;
  2. Evidence-based knowledge in and clinical exposure (case relevant role plays) to diabetes care;
  3. Up-to-date skills in management of diabetes within primary and community-based health care systems;
  4. The ability to apply specialist diabetes knowledge in the workplace to improve care standards and practice;
  5. The advanced research and clinical skills necessary to carry out in-depth study in diabetes.

Curriculum

This programme will be the first of its kind in North-West of England and offers three exit levels: Post-graduate Certificate, Post-graduate Diploma and MSc. It is designed to cultivate an interactive and participative learning environment which promotes and enhances students’ involvement in diabetes diagnosis, treatment and care.

There are three modules, the first developing a sound basis for understanding and the advanced study of diabetes and the following two augmenting the cumulative body of knowledge. 

Core teaching is delivered by a series of intensive sessions over two weeks at Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park Campus.  Methods include; 2 weeks of intensive teaching during each phase of the programme, plenary lectures, specialist seminars, tutorials, practitioner presentations, student-led presentations and academic debate.

Teaching will take place in our new state of the art laboratory facilities, costing £8.5 million, with the opportunity to engage with in-depth case studies facilitated by specialised diabetologists in secondary care to enrich students’ clinical and practical knowledge and skills.

The indicative timetable of compulsory modules is:

Module One Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Diabetes 60 Credits
Module Two Speciality Care, Risk-Factors and Pharmacology for Diabetes 60 Credits 
Module Three Master's Dissertation in Diabetes 60 Credits 

 

Entry Requirements

First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, health-related biomedical discipline or similar. Applications will be considered for those who have had equivalent demonstrable professional experience (minimum of five years) in the care of or chronically ill patients including diabetic patients.

Competency in verbal and written English language is essential. For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching & Research

Students will be supported in independent study by utilisation of the virtual learning environment (VLE) in the use of Moodle, audio and visual resources.  

Further, advanced learning will be undertaken during face-to-face intensive teaching weeks where clinical physicians, consultants and tutors will provide opportunities to learn complex cases in case-based role plays. Teaching Fellows of Liverpool Hope University who have clinical roles at Royal Liverpool Hospital and Aintree University Hospital Liverpool will facilitate this portion of the learning opportunities.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit these hospitals to observe the practices being taught and experience a clinical environment. 

There is a mixture of academic members from Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool Hope University affiliated clinicians from Royal Liverpool NHS Trust and Aintree University Hospital NHS Trusts.

The core staffing will include:

Prof. Dr. Omid Alizadeh

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Dorak

Dr. Farzad Amirabdollahian

Prof. Dr. Christopher Wong

Prof. Dr. Cecil Thomas

Prof. Dr. Philip Weston

Prof. Dr. Dushyant Sharma

Prof. Dr. Arash Tahbaz

Employability

Graduates will have developed scientific and analytical skills to discuss in detail written documents, from a range of academic sources, relating to the field of diabetes. They will also be able to present information effectively both orally and in writing, including justifying arguments and conclusions in both logically valid and data-driven, as applies to diabetes field.

Graduates will have the ability to comprehend and articulate complexity of diabetes care and offer independent judgements on various kinds of anti-diabetes pharmacotherapy.  These skills are also transferable to a range of other careers including nursing and medically related professions. In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate research studies at the PhD level

 

 

 

Overview

* This course is suspended for 2017 entry. Subject to validation for 2018 entry. 

Upto £10,280 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL) for 2017 entry

The number of patients with diabetes, in particular, Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), has been steadily increasing with over 382 million patients of which over 95% are Type 2 whilst diabetes Type 1 accounts for around 5%. It is estimated that this number will rise to more than 560 million by year 2030, i.e. an increase of 147%, with the largest increase in prevalence in developing countries. Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of global mortality by disease.

Over the past three years, the Faculty of Science has had extensive consultations with a significant number of primary and secondary care physicians, diabetes specialist nurse practitioners and pharmaceutical industry to develop comprehensive post-graduate programme on diabetes. During the consultation, we identified the need at local, national and international level for the up-to-date training in diabetes management. Based on this, we have developed a focussed programme of study which will provide opportunity to potential candidates to gain up-to-date scientific, medical and clinical knowledge on management of diabetes. Moreover, the course is designed to improve clinical skills required for effective management of diabetes, ultimately aimed at improving patient outcome.

We aim to provide students with:

  1. A rich, dynamic and multidisciplinary learning environment of diabetes education for health care providers with various professional capacities/responsibilities within UK healthcare system;
  2. Evidence-based knowledge in and clinical exposure (case relevant role plays) to diabetes care;
  3. Up-to-date skills in management of diabetes within primary and community-based health care systems;
  4. The ability to apply specialist diabetes knowledge in the workplace to improve care standards and practice;
  5. The advanced research and clinical skills necessary to carry out in-depth study in diabetes.

Curriculum

This programme will be the first of its kind in North-West of England and offers three exit levels: Post-graduate Certificate, Post-graduate Diploma and MSc. It is designed to cultivate an interactive and participative learning environment which promotes and enhances students’ involvement in diabetes diagnosis, treatment and care.

There are three modules, the first developing a sound basis for understanding and the advanced study of diabetes and the following two augmenting the cumulative body of knowledge. 

Core teaching is delivered by a series of intensive sessions over two weeks at Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park Campus.  Methods include; 2 weeks of intensive teaching during each phase of the programme, plenary lectures, specialist seminars, tutorials, practitioner presentations, student-led presentations and academic debate.

Teaching will take place in our new state of the art laboratory facilities, costing £8.5 million, with the opportunity to engage with in-depth case studies facilitated by specialised diabetologists in secondary care to enrich students’ clinical and practical knowledge and skills.

The indicative timetable of compulsory modules is:

Module One Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology of Diabetes 60 Credits
Module Two Speciality Care, Risk-Factors and Pharmacology for Diabetes 60 Credits 
Module Three Master's Dissertation in Diabetes 60 Credits 

 

Entry Requirements

First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, health-related biomedical discipline or similar. Applications will be considered for those who have had equivalent demonstrable professional experience (minimum of five years) in the care of or chronically ill patients including diabetic patients.

Competency in verbal and written English language is essential. For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching & Research

Students will be supported in independent study by utilisation of the virtual learning environment (VLE) in the use of Moodle, audio and visual resources.  

Further, advanced learning will be undertaken during face-to-face intensive teaching weeks where clinical physicians, consultants and tutors will provide opportunities to learn complex cases in case-based role plays. Teaching Fellows of Liverpool Hope University who have clinical roles at Royal Liverpool Hospital and Aintree University Hospital Liverpool will facilitate this portion of the learning opportunities.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit these hospitals to observe the practices being taught and experience a clinical environment. 

There is a mixture of academic members from Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool Hope University affiliated clinicians from Royal Liverpool NHS Trust and Aintree University Hospital NHS Trusts.

The core staffing will include:

Prof. Dr. Omid Alizadeh

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Dorak

Dr. Farzad Amirabdollahian

Prof. Dr. Christopher Wong

Prof. Dr. Cecil Thomas

Prof. Dr. Philip Weston

Prof. Dr. Dushyant Sharma

Prof. Dr. Arash Tahbaz

Employability

Graduates will have developed scientific and analytical skills to discuss in detail written documents, from a range of academic sources, relating to the field of diabetes. They will also be able to present information effectively both orally and in writing, including justifying arguments and conclusions in both logically valid and data-driven, as applies to diabetes field.

Graduates will have the ability to comprehend and articulate complexity of diabetes care and offer independent judgements on various kinds of anti-diabetes pharmacotherapy.  These skills are also transferable to a range of other careers including nursing and medically related professions. In addition, the course provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate research studies at the PhD level

 

 

 

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

+44 (0) 151 291 3111

enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Department: Health Sciences

healthsciences@hope.ac.uk

+44 (0) 151 291 3441

Start dates: October