In response to the global epidemic in obesity and diabetes the University of Glasgow has developed this Masters in Diabetes. To address the immense challenge presented by this disease, it is essential that the researchers and medical practitioners of tomorrow understand the cutting edge advances and technologies to tackle diabetes.
- This is one of the only MSc programmes in Diabetes focused entirely on diabetes research rather than health care management. You will be taught by clinicians and scientists known for their world-class research.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
The MSc in Diabetes is a 12 month, full time programme. The Programme is made up of five compulsory courses totalling 120 credits plus a Dissertation/Project of 60 credits in order to fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree. The compulsory courses are delivered during Semesters 1 and 2 and the Dissertation/Project work is carried out during the summer months.
In addition to the taught components of the Programme, students participate in Topic of the Week sessions. Each week, one or two students will take their turn to prepare and present material for Topic of the Week session. It is intended that each presenter will give an overview of the topic, including a summary of the pharmacological features of the subject, and then lead a discussion among their classmates to the key aspects/controversies of the topic. These sessions are designed to further develop the research, communication and critical appraisal skills of each presenter, and to promote engagement with current issues in pharmacology and medical science amongst the class as a whole.
To fulfil the requirements of a Masters degree, students must undertake an independent piece of research 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. The student must then submit a report demonstrating an in-depth, critical understanding and evaluation of the project and deliver an oral presentation summarising their project.
This theme is currently led by Prof John Petrie (Diabetic Medicine) and Prof Naveed Sattar (Metabolic Medicine) with Dr Jason Gill providing leadership in the field of exercise and metabolism.
As a group of established Principal Investigators and emerging young researchers, we encourage and foster collaborations within the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, within the University of Glasgow, nationally and internationally.
(i) better understand the mechanisms of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases affecting people with the conditions covered by our clinical specialties (i.e. diabetes, renal disease, endocrine conditions), and the implications for the wider population - including groups defined by ethnicity, gender and deprivation;
(ii) understand the pathways and processes linking obesity and physical inactivity to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in order to develop better strategies to prevent and treat obesity, and alleviate its metabolic and vascular complications;
(iii) use this knowledge both to develop new cardiovascular therapies and target existing ones more effectively.
The collective expertise within the DREAM theme spans a full range from molecular and biomarker/ “-omic” techniques through clinical investigation to population-level epidemiology, clinical trials and cardiovascular endpoint adjudication. We are leading in establishing disease-specific bioresources linked with routinely-acquired anonymised data from the National Health Service in Scotland.
Particular areas of interest include regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, novel biomarkers, steroid action and the mechanisms underlying vascular disease associated with metabolic disorders.
for entry in 2015
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
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
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: email@example.com
Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)
MSc (Med Sci)
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||£6800|
|Full time fee||£18200|
The University requires a deposit to be paid by International (beyond the EU) applicants in receipt of an offer to this programme: please see: Deposits for entry in 2015/16
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.
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