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Clinical Aspects of Diabetes: Patients and Populations MED5541

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth and critical knowledge of the causes of diabetes and related metabolic conditions, provide insight into investigation and current clinical management of diabetes and its complications and examine the public health impact of the disease.


20 sessions of 1-3 hour each over 10 weeks.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





2 hour examination 80%

Journal paper presentation 20%

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To provide the students an in-depth knowledge of the causes of diabetes ranging from well-established mechanisms to newer insights, as well as providing them with an insight into the type of investigations conducted to help health care professionals decide how best to manage patients.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Demonstrate an in-depth and critical appraisal of current knowledge on the aetiology and pathology of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes mellitus with reference to the primary literature

■ Discuss critically, and in depth, novel potential risk pathways for diabetes

■ Critically discuss the investigative approaches used in diabetes research.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.