Diabetes MSc

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In response to the global epidemic in obesity and diabetes the University of Glasgow has developed a new MSc Diabetes. To address the immense challenge presented by this disease, it is essential that the researchers and medical practitioners of tomorrow are conversant with cutting edge advances and technologies to tackle diabetes. Using world-leading experts and experienced and dedicated teaching staff, this programme aims to provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge of pathological mechanisms and methodologies used for studying diabetes as well as providing a firm grounding in generic research skills. The course is ideal for those who aspire to build their future career in diabetes whether in the fields of basic research, medical practice, pharmaceutical industry, public health or nutrition. We aim to provide an excellent research training that will inspire and provide students with the confidence to join the global research effort in tackling diabetes.

Key facts

Why Glasgow

  • This is one of the only MSc programmes in Diabetes focused entirely on diabetes research rather than diabetes health care management and provides a rigorous training in research skills
  • You will be taught by clinicians and scientists known for their world-class research in diabetes
  • The University of Glasgow is expert in establishing disease-specific bioresources linked with routinely-acquired anonymised data from the National Health Service in Scotland.
  • The collective expertise within the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences spans a full range from molecular and biomarker/ “-omic” techniques through clinical investigation to population-level epidemiology, clinical trials and cardiovascular endpoint adjudication.
  • You will develop and enhance your skills in literature searching and critically evaluating relevant scientific evidence; application of knowledge to novel concepts and situations; experimental design; research methods and ethics; data handling and statistics; interpretation and evaluation of experimental data; scientific writing; and oral presentations
  • The University has state-of-the-art research facilities to study obesity, metabolic disease and diabetes from the whole body to the molecular level and students will undertake a research project/dissertation in this area. Postgraduate Taught students in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences have a PGT common room, a PGT study room with Wi-Fi access and a PGT desktop computer cluster.

Programme structure

The programme comprises  5 courses:

Clinical Aspects of Diabetes

This course provides students with an in-depth and critical knowledge of the causes of diabetes and provides and insight into the type of investigations carried out by health care professionals to determine best patient management. The course covers obesity, metabolic syndrome, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes (NIDDM) and gestational diabetes mellitus. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory work.

Research Methods

This course provides students with a knowledge and understanding of research methodology relevant to diabetes research in order to plan and execute a project of research or investigation. Content includes study design, population, ethics, collection, measurement and statistical analysis of data. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and journal club.

Pharmacogenomics and Molecular Medicine

This course demonstrates how basic molecular biology/ nucleic acid manipulation has evolved into the field of molecular medicine and involves the study of genetic principles, population genetics, pharmacogenetics, gene therapy and ethics. Teaching methods include lectures, group presentations and technique demonstrations.

Topics in Therapeutics

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of how drugs work, their interaction with the body in health and disease and the appropriate therapeutic use of drugs in common clinical situations including diabetes. Teaching methods include seminars and tutorials.

Established and Novel Techniques in Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences

This course provides students with and in-depth critical knowledge and understanding of the range of techniques available to conduct clinical research relevant to diabetes. Teaching methods include lectures and laboratory work.

Dissertation/research project

Students will undertake their own personal research project in the area of diabetes under the supervision of a project supervisor. Projects may take a number of different formats including a literature review, meta-analysis, data audit or secondary analysis, laboratory-based project, clinical/human volunteer based investigation. A project report and oral presentation will be produced.

Courses

Academic staff

Diabetes research at Glasgow

Entry requirements

for entry in 2014

A degree in Medicine (MBChB) or at least a second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in a relevant degree (biological/biomedical sciences or other health professional/health-related area).

Medical graduates are required to possess a degree recognised by the GMC, or appropriate professional body. In exceptional circumstances, other science graduates, or bioscience graduates with an Ordinary degree may be eligible, on demonstration of appropriate postgraduate professional experience and will be considered on a case by case basis.

A British Council IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no component less than 6.0 (or equivalent qualification) is required for overseas students who do not have English as their first language

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014-15 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£5350
International
Full time fee£17250

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

There are many potential career opportunities for health professionals and scientists. Graduates may wish to pursue a career in diabetes clinical research entering clinical translational diabetes research or commercial industrial research. Other opportunities for diabetes specialists are available in education, public health and professions allied to medicine. The MSc Diabetes also provides an excellent basis to pursue PhD level research.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What essential documentation should I have available before I start my application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 25 July 2014
  • UK and EU applications 29 August 2014

Classes start September 2014 for most courses and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before. 

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