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Diabetes in primary care

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Diabetes in Primary Care

Key facts


Part-time: 2 years

Location: University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Course Principal: Dr David Lipscomb 

Course Leader: Dr Wajeeha Aziz >

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This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.


Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Key areas of study

  • Complications of diabetes and their management
  • Epidemiology
  • Lifestyle interventions and up-to-date treatment options
  • Self-management and the patient perspective
  • Insulin management, therapeutics and monitoring
  • Evidence-based practice in diabetes care
  • Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services

Course overview

This course has been designed to provide advanced professional education in diabetes care for a wide range of practitioners working in primary care including: general practitioners, nurses from primary care, podiatrists and pharmacists.

Practitioners gain knowledge of current best practice in the diagnosis and management of diabetes; the epidemiology of diabetes type 1 and type 2 and pathophysiology; diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle modification. Clinical learning is blended with teaching in organisational and policy context to enable clinicians to contribute more effectively to improving the design, delivery, outcomes and cost-effectiveness of services and to inform evidence-based practice.

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 "Diabetes Practice in Primary Care is a specialist module which enables health professionals to increase their knowledge of diabetes, its complications and management within the primary care setting. The East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups havefunded many GPs and practice nurses to take the module as it meets the high standards expected in diabetes training and enhances professional skills for the long-term benefit of improved patient care."

Jillian Gower, Lead Practice Nurse, High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group


"I am beginning to take a lead in diabetes care in my surgery and the Diabetes Practice in Primary Care module has been an excellent preparation for this. The teachers have been motivating, the topics are very relevant and it is a great opportunity to network with other health professionals. I thoroughly recommend it."

Dr James Annis, GP, School Hill Medical Practice

Course structure

Modules are assessed by 2,000 or 3,000 word written assignments which are centred on case studies or an agreed relevant topic and presentations.


Diabetes Practice in Primary Care (20 credits)*

Insulin Management, Therapeutics and Monitoring in Primary Care Diabetes (20 credits)*


Evidence Based Practice (20 credits) 


Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits) 


Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

*Diabetes Practice in Primary Care and Insulin Management, Therapeutics and Monitoring in Primary Care Diabetes may also be taken as standalone modules.

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Career opportunities

The course provides an accessible and achievable postgraduate qualification for professionals who provide care and support for people with diabetes in the community.

Practitioners will gain clinical and professional knowledge which will enhance their ability to practice, commission and promote state of the art evidence-based care.

Entry requirements

This course is open to post-registration doctors and qualified practitioners with relevant clinical experience in any profession allied to medicine.

This course is only open to applications from UK/ EU/ Island residents.

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2020-21. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK/ EU/ Island £2,754


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2020-21. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.