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Diabetes in primary care

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Diabetes in Primary Care

Key facts


Part-time: 2 years

Eligible applicants: Open to UK applicants only (and EU applicants who are appointed to a post within HEEKSS)

Location: University of Brighton, Falmer campus

Course Principal: Dr David Lipscomb 

Course Leader: Dr Wajeeha Aziz

Read Dr Wajeeha Aziz's profile here >

General enquiries: 

This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Applications for 2021/22 entry are now open. 

APPLY for the diabetes in primary care course HERE > 


Our COVID-19 contingency plans for 2020-2021

Diabetes continues to be a major public health concern, making evidence-based practice even more important. At a time of national and global crisis we are swiftly adapting to changes and maximising opportunities for enhancing learning on our course. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students while maintaining the high standards of course delivery and depth of educational experience. Here is what you should know about the upcoming academic year (2020-2021). 

The academic year will start as normal and module and term dates will not be changed. (Please see the Application Handbook for module dates). However, teaching will be delivered by a blend of in-person and online teaching, and we will adapt our timetables, teaching methods and course content to make the most of this approach. The balance of the blend will depend on the stringency of social distancing and other regulations in force at the time.

Please do contact us if you would like any further information.

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.

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 open to UK applicants only (and EU applicants who are appointed to a post within HEEKSS).

Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2021/22. 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 £3,084


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 2021/22. 

Read more about fees and funding here >