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Diabetes

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The School of Medicine offer a range of modules to cover all aspects of diabetes from paediatrics to the elderly or diabetic foot to cardiovascular disease. With the flexibility of individual modules, you are able to tailor your studies to your needs and interests.

Each 10 week module is completely online offering you the freedom to learn at a time convenient for you and is worth 20 M Level Credits. Although each module is scheduled to run at a set time, we will try to accommodate your preferences as best we can.

Course aims

On completion of an individual module students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate the medical literature and justify clinical practice decisions derived from evidence-based medicine
  • critically evaluate current standards and recommendations of care in diabetes
  • demonstrate leadership/creativity, team-working and evaluation skills in dealing systematically with complex issues
  • in solving problems, communicate important concepts and/or decisions effectively to others
  • reflect upon their learning on the module and relate this to their individual clinical practice and experiences.

Special features

Modules are based on the comprehensive International Diabetes Federation (IDF) syllabus.

Course description

An important part of learning on the modules is for you to critique medical literature and justify clinical practice decisions derived from evidence-based medicine. The modules also aim to assist you when evaluating, designing, developing or implementing local clinical practice guidelines in relation to diabetes.

The distance-learning nature of these modules means that you do not need to attend any lectures and can fit your study around your current commitments. You will be continuously supported by our expert faculty via the online pages. The course team offer administration and technical assistance Monday-Friday (9am -4pm) by email, telephone and online discussion forums.

The method of assessment for the modules is a continuous online assessment during the 10 weeks accompanied by a group project, a 2,000 word individual report and an online 60 minute multiple choice exam. There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.

Available modules

Macrovascular disease in diabetes as significant impact in relation to the individual and society. It is therefore important that strategies for the management of cardiovascular risk factors in diabetes are effective.

This  module will provide opportunities to develop such strategies. You will also explore the development of strategies for the management of ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease and erectile dysfunction in diabetes. You will assess international guidelines on the treatment of hypertension, cholesterol and anti-platelet therapy.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • recognise and evaluate the impact of macrovascular disease in diabetes on the individual and on society
  • evaluate the international guidelines on the treatment of hypertension, cholesterol and anti-platelet therapy
  • develop and evaluate strategies for the management of cardiovascular risk factors in diabetes
  • develop and evaluate strategies for the management of diabetes and ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease and erectile dysfunction

Module dates

  • 6 January - 6 April 2020
  • 20 April - 20 July 2020

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On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • recognise and evaluate the complex considerations for diabetes care in the elderly.
  • distinguish functional categories of older individuals with diabetes.
  • evaluate special circumstances for the elderly and implications for therapeutic interventions.
  • develop strategies for management of end of life care in diabetes.
  • be aware of and evaluate current standards and recommendations of care in diabetes to design and develop local clinical practice guidelines.

Please see the course website for more details of this programme.

Module dates

6 January - 6 April 2020

This module provides the opportunity for you to explore knowledge and skills assisting in the recognition and management of complications in diabetes. This includes an awareness of and ability to evaluate current standards and recommendations of care in diabetes.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • explain the pathophysiology of commonly occurring complications of diabetes
  • recognise and manage complications of diabetes
  • describe current approaches to screening for microvascular and macrovascular complications in diabetes
  • critically evaluate current standards and recommendations of care in diabetes with specific reference to clinical complications
  • critique and (re)design local clinical practice guidelines relating to the screening, diagnosis, management and ongoing care of people with diabetic complications.

Module dates

16 September - 23 December 2019

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • recognise and manage diabetes in acute illness circumstances during in-hospital admission
  • describe and evaluate current standards and recommendations of care in diabetes
  • critique and (re)design local clinical practice guidelines relating to the screening, diagnosis, management and ongoing care of people with diabetic complications in hospital settings
  • critically appraise the roles of different professionals in the care of persons with diabetes in hospital settings, including in-patient diabetes teams, in relation to more effective multidisciplinary team-working.

Module dates

6 January - 6 April 2020

The module aims cover the physiology of insulin therapies and insulin delivery systems, related pharmacokinetics and current guidelines for insulin management.  You will also explore professional and patient-related barriers to insulin therapy, requirements and practical considerations for insulin initiation in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Following the module you should be in a position to confidently make recommendations regarding insulin therapy and to develop patient guidance for insulin dose adjustments.

An important part of learning on the module is for you to critique medical literature and justify clinical practice decisions derived from evidence-based medicine.

The distance-learning nature of this programme means that you do not need to attend any lectures and can fit your study around your current commitments. You will be continuously supported by our expert faculty via the online pages. The course team offer administration and technical assistance Monday-Friday (9-4) by email, telephone and online discussion forums.

The method of assessment for this course is a continuous online assessment during the 10 weeks accompanied by a group project, a 2,000 word individual report and an online 60 minute multiple choice exam. There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • contrast the normal physiology of insulin secretion and with the pathophysiology of diabetes
  • explain the physiology involved in insulin therapies and insulin delivery systems, relating this to methods for insulin dose titration
  • discriminate between available insulin therapies in terms of differences in pharmacokinetics and implications of clinical application
  • anticipate healthcare professional and patient-related barriers to insulin therapy
  • critically appraise current guidelines for insulin management in diabetes and apply to clinical practice
  • evaluate the requirements and practical considerations for insulin initiation in type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • critique medical literature and justify clinical practice decisions derived from evidence-based medicine
  • formulate recommendations for ongoing care of individuals commencing and already established on insulin therapy
  • develop patient guidance concerning insulin dose adjustments, self-monitoring and awareness of potential side effects of insulin treatment
  • demonstrate leadership/creativity, team-working and evaluation skills in dealing systematically with complex issues
  • in solving problems, communicate important concepts and/or decisions effectively to others
  • reflect upon their learning on the module and relate this to their individual clinical practice and experiences.

Module dates

20 April - 20 July 2020

This module provides the opportunity for you to appraise past, current and emerging therapies in the management of people with diabetes. This will include a range of pharmaceutical / therapeutic agents, risk modification interventions, insulin therapies, obesity management and surgery. The module will also explore emerging therapies relevant to the management of diabetes.

Critical appraisal of research evidence is an important part of your studies for this module, to inform and support the ways in which you engage in clinical and/or lifestyle management for people with diabetes.

Upon completion of this module, students will have gained the ability to:

  • explain the actions and scientific basis of currently available pharmacological therapies in diabetes
  • critically evaluate the selection of specific pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies for distinct diabetic conditions
  • describe the adverse effects of past and present anti-diabetic therapies
  • critically analyse the current evidence base for current and emerging practices in the clinical management of people with diabetes, including non-insulin based therapies
  • assess the comparative impact of different interventions (including but not limited to: risk modification, pharmacological/non-pharmacological therapies, obesity management and surgery).
  • create, critique and/or defend appropriate interventional plans for people with diabetes
  • critically appraise the roles of different professionals in the care of persons with diabetes, including approaches to more effective multidisciplinary team-working.

Module dates

6 January - 6 April 2020

Diabetes care in children and young people presents specific, complex considerations that health professionals need to recognise and evaluate both generally and within their own professional settings. The module aims to enable you to distinguish the different types of diabetes that can occur in children and young persons. It explores the development and evaluation of related strategies for education, nutritional therapy, clinical management and self-management for children and young persons with diabetes. An important aspect of this is to evaluate the medical literature concerning acute diabetes complications and chronic complications.

The module aims to help you design models of the care for children and young persons including transitional services, school support, social and physiological support.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate national and international guidelines on the management of diabetes in children and young people
  • recognise and evaluate the complex considerations for diabetes care in children and young persons
  • distinguish the different types of diabetes that can occur in children and young persons
  • develop and evaluate strategies for the provision of education and nutritional therapy to children and young persons
  • evaluate the different management strategies for children and young persons with diabetes including self-management
  • evaluate the medical literature concerning acute diabetes complications and chronic complications
  • design and justify models of care for children and young persons including transitional services, school support, social and physiological support.

Module dates

6 January - 6 April 2020

The Pregnancy and Diabetes module is a 10-week course which aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of all aspects of diabetes in pregnancy from preconception counselling to post partum care; this module will provide students with a thorough understanding of real issues within their practice. This programme includes a two-week introduction phase where students will be able to access exclusive lectures and Cardiff University’s extensive library facilities prior to the start of the module.

The syllabus covers the following topics:

  • the risks of pregnancy in diabetes for the mother and baby, the reasons for the adverse outcomes and the national audit data and guidelines for diabetes in pregnancy
  • preconception counselling to a woman with diabetes, understanding issues relating to glycaemic control, folic acid, the interaction of pregnancy and complications of diabetes, teratogenic medication and appropriate medication regimes
  • the management of pregnancy in the first trimester, the risks of hypoglycaemia and management of this
  • the impact of glycaemia on miscarriage rates
  • management of the second and third trimester to recognise, prevent and manage complications and how to monitor foetal growth
  • management of diabetes during different delivery methods
  • postpartum care and management of diabetes during breastfeeding
  • the possible adverse outcomes on the neonate and how to manage these
  • the use of insulin pump therapy in pregnancy, continuous glucose monitoring in pregnancy and use of closed loops
  • the issues of type-2 diabetes in pregnancy
  • the classification of gestational diabetes using the different criteria and the impact of the different criteria on the prevalence
  • screening for gestational diabetes
  • management gestational diabetes
  • post-partum care to detect and prevent type 2 diabetes
  • the long-term implications of gestational diabetes for the mother and baby.

This module aims to:

  • provide a comprehensive programme of education on diabetes in pregnancy for health care professionals
  • develop competence in the theory of managing pre-existing diabetes pre-conception, during pregnancy and post-partum and also recognising and managing gestational diabetes during and after pregnancy
  • develop leadership and evaluation skills in the delivery of diabetes care to women before, during and after pregnancies.

Module dates

  • 6 January - 6 April 2020
  • 20 April - 20 July 2020

This module provides the opportunity for you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the classification, presentation and diagnosis of diabetes, 'pre-diabetes' and disorders of glucose metabolism and to evaluate the implications of these diagnoses. You will explore diagnostic tests, clinical management plans, the pathophysiology, aetiology and risk factors of diabetes and the complimentary roles of healthcare professionals, other professionals and patients.

Critical appraisal of research evidence is an important part of your studies for this module, to inform and support the ways in which you engage in clinical and/or lifestyle management for people with diabetes.

On completion of this module, students are able to:

  • correctly classify diabetes, 'pre-diabetes' and disorders of glucose metabolism based on their presentation, key features and epidemiology
  • accurately describe – for both lay and scientific audiences – normal glucose metabolism/physiology and contrast this with that occurring in different forms of diabetes
  • explain the aetiology, pathophysiology, and risk factors of diabetes
  • critically appraise research that focuses on the science underlying our understanding of diabetes.
  • describe the epidemiology, diagnosis and screening of diabetes and disorders of glucose metabolism
  • explain the various implications arising from diagnoses of 'pre-diabetes', diabetes and disorders of glucose metabolism
  • critically evaluate methods suitable for the prediction and prevention of diabetic conditions (including lifestyle, nutrition and physical activity)
  • identify suitable diagnostic tests for diabetes and related disorders and accurately interpret the results
  • formulate clinical management plans following a diagnosis of diabetes
  • evaluate and implement lifestyle management interventions and apply to the individualised care for people with diabetes
  • assess the complementary roles of healthcare professionals, multi-disciplinary teams, researchers, health commissioners and people with diabetes
  • reflect upon their learning on the module and relate this to their individual clinical practice and experiences.

Module dates

16 September - 23 December 2019

An important part of learning on the module is for you to critique medical literature and justify clinical practice decisions derived from evidence-based medicine. The module also aims to assist you when evaluating, designing, developing or implementing local clinical practice guidelines in relation to diabetes.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • discuss the effective implementation of diabetes care delivery in primary, intermediate and secondary care settings
  • propose and evaluate clinical care pathways and referral criteria for complex diabetes management
  • explain the scientific basis of links between diabetes and its complications
  • devise structured education and self-management strategies in diabetes care
  • recommend evidence-based lifestyle, monitoring and therapeutic options for delivery of diabetes care in the community for:
    • primary prevention of cardiovascular disease
    • clinical management pathways for diabetes foot care
    • pre-conceptual care and gestational diabetes
    • elderly care in diabetes
  • appraise the role of information technology in integrating diabetes care
  • discuss inter-relationships between different providers of primary, intermediate and secondary care in the delivery of diabetes care.

Module dates

20 April - 20 July 2020

Diabetic foot disease has significant impact on both the individual and within the community. The module aims to enable you to distinguish the contributing pathologies of diabetic foot disease and develop strategies for screening for diabetic foot disease. It will also explore strategies for evaluating and treating peripheral vascular disease. Another key focus will be the creation of local clinical practice guidelines for the recognition and management of diabetic foot conditions.

An important part of learning on the module is for you to critique medical literature and justify clinical practice decisions derived from evidence-based medicine. The aim is also to help develop and maintain a network of experienced clinical teachers and provide opportunities for you to develop your leadership, team-working, communication, evaluation and creativity so as to effectively solve problems and communicate important concepts and decisions.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • critically evaluate current standards and recommendations for care in diabetic foot disease
  • recognise and evaluate the impact of diabetic foot disease on the individual and the community
  • distinguish the contributing pathologies of diabetic foot disease
  • develop and evaluate strategies for screening for diabetic foot disease
  • develop and evaluate strategies for evaluating and treating peripheral vascular disease
  • develop and evaluate local clinical practice guidelines for the management of foot ulcers to include managing infection, pressure relief and dressings
  • create and justify local strategies for the recognition and management of Charcot foot disease.

Module dates

20 April - 20 July 2020

The Insulin Pump module is a 10-week course which aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of all aspects of insulin pumps from the historical perspective to dealing with complications. This course includes a two-week introduction phase where students will be able to access exclusive lectures and Cardiff University’s extensive library facilities prior to the start of the module.

The syllabus covers the following topics:

  • historical perspective of insulin pump treatment
  • evidence for outcome of insulin pump therapy
  • national guidance for insulin pump therapy
  • patient selection and preparation for insulin pump therapy
  • equipment, pump functions and use
  • calculating insulin doses and altering insulin doses via an insulin pump
  • managing hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia
  • managing exercise, illness, stress and surgery with an insulin pump
  • managing pregnancy with an insulin pump
  • managing lifestyle variation via an insulin pump
  • evidence for and use of continual glucose monitoring and sensor augmented pump therapy
  • managing patients failing on pumps including pancreas transplant and islet cell transplants.

The distance-learning nature of this programme means that you do not need to attend any lectures and can fit your study around your current commitments. You will be continuously supported by our expert faculty via the online pages. The course team offer administration and technical assistance Monday-Friday (9-4) by email, telephone and online discussion forums.

The method of assessment for this course is a continuous online assessment during the 10 weeks accompanied by a group project, a 2,000 word individual report and an online 60 minute multiple choice exam. There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.

This module aims to:

  • provide a comprehensive programme of insulin pump education for health care professionals
  • develop competence in the theory of initiation, on-going management and decision-making in the use of insulin pumps
  • develop leadership and evaluation skills in the delivery of insulin pump therapy
  • establish a stimulating environment for research, teaching and education about insulin pump therapy
  • encourage a culture for training of health care professionals by the development of a network of experienced clinical teachers.

Module dates

20 April - 20 July 2020

We reserve the right to cancel the delivery of a standalone module. This could happen if a course is under-subscribed or if there is a change in circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have minimum student numbers required before they can run. This is to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered. When this happens we will issue a full or partial refund depending on whether any classes took place.

Entry requirements

Students must have a reliable internet connection and basic computer literacy skills.

Students must also:

  • hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution with relevant degree-awarding powers as detailed in the Department of Education and Skills
  • or hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above as defined and detailed by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (NARIC)
  • or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question and be approved as such by the Head of School
  • and satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements as detailed in the Cardiff University Senate regulations.

How to apply

Applicants must apply on paper for these modules. Please follow the instructions for postgraduate paper-based applications.

You must provide two references and copies of your academic and professional degree certificates with your application. You are able to fax and scan relevant documents directly to the team however the paper application form must be sent via the address on the application form as it must be allocated an application number upon receipt.

Please ensure that you specify which module and intake you are applying for.

Postgraduate application forms.

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