Diabetes mellitus (degree level)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module is aimed at practitioners, carers and/or people with diabetes or related syndromes. You will explore care issues and complication prevention as well as increasing your capacity for evidence based enquiry in disease pathways relating to diabetes mellitus and insulin resistance.

This module is based upon the new competencies and explores core knowledge and care issues relating to diabetes mellitus, pre-diabetes, management issues and complication prevention.  

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

*This module was previously known as HEAB396

Course details

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate development of knowledge and practice in diabetes care
  • explore theories relating to insulin resistance and the development of diabetes, critically reflect upon the screening for and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and its complications.
  • critically appraise epidemiological data relating to diabetes and pre-diabetes syndromes.
  • explain the pathophysiology of insulin resistance, Type 1 diabetes, and other rarer forms of the disease process.
  • discuss lifestyle changes individuals may need to make to improve health outcomes.


The assessment for this module is a written piece of coursework.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The taught dates for this module are 16 and 30 April, 14 May, 11 and 25 June and 9 and 10 July 2018.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards our BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Health and Social Care course and a number of associated pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the module you must:

  • be employed in a diabetes related care environment, or
  • be an individual with diabetes mellitus /metabolic syndrome /impaired fasting glucose or impaired glucose tolerance
You'll be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation. 

Funding and fees


This module is commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may therefore be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees for 2017/18 academic year

For those who are self-funding, please see our professional development module fees page.