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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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"Being a GP in East Sussex, I wished to lead by example and practice good evidence based medicine. I chose to further my interest and build on my existing knowledge in Diabetes at BSMS. My aim was to tailor the care I provide for my patients as well as push the existing boundaries to achieve good outcomes. I feel the balance at BSMS was just right with respect to thought and self-directed learning. The good modern facilities led itself well to my development. I am proud to be a distinction student who has only been encouraged to do even more hence I continue my journey with them even today.”

Dr Varuna Paranahewa (current Diabetes student - 2019)

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.