Master of Science in Diabetes Care

Master of Science in Diabetes Care

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Course title Master of Science in Diabetes Care
Course code PMSCDBCPEB8
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening Blended
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Josanne Vassallo
Roberta Sammut
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
The MSc in Diabetes Care is designed to equip healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients suffering from diabetes mellitus with the necessary knowledge, skills and competances relevant to their practicing holistic patient centred care. Through pursuing this avenue of continuing their professional development they will be in a position to contribute to a highly professional multidisciplinary approach to management by identifying, analysing, and planning the management of patients suffering from this multisystem disorder which can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Furthermore they will be able to proactively influence policy and decision making by being in a position to advise healthcare service providers effectively and appropriately.

This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery or

(c) the degree of Master of Dental Surgery awarded from July 2018 onwards or

(d) the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) with at least Second Class or

(e) the degree of Master of Pharmacy or

(f) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) obtained with at least Second Class in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board of Studies or

(g) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board of Studies, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in (a) to (f) above.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted to the course is 10 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose by the Boards.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

During the first year of the Course, accepted students shall be required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,250

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
a. Subject Knowledge and understanding

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

1. explain the epidemiology, pathophysiology and classification of diabetes;
2. identify and appraise evidence in relation to the prevention of diabetes;
3. critically discuss issues related to screening for diabetes;
4. plan, deliver and evaluate the care in relation to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes taking a holistic perspective;
5. identify and appraise the different aspects of care in relation to the impact of living with diabetes, including psychological, financial, social and spiritual issues;
6. explain theories related to self-care;
7. apply these theories to empower persons living with diabetes to self-manage their condition;
8. critically discuss the specific care required in particular patient cohorts, including children and adolescents, women at pre- and post conception, persons with disabilities, persons undergoing medical investigation and surgery;
9. plan care in response to the person's cultural and religious practices or preference.
10. identify the complications of diabetes;
11. evaluate evidence in relation to prevention, screening and management;
12. explain local and international policy, guidelines and standards for diabetes care including legal and entitlement processes;
13. identify and appraise the different roles of the interdisciplinary team members involved in diabetes care; and

b. Intellectual Development

Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

1. appraise the evidence in relation to specific aspects of patient management
2. apply the evidence to decision making in the context of patient care

c. Key/Transferable skills

Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

1. carry out a holistic assessment of persons with the metabolic syndrome, impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes- appropriate to the student’s professional role in the diabetes care team;
2. plan care for a person with diabetes appropriate – appropriate to the student’s professional role on the diabetes care team;
3. deliver care appropriate to the student's professional role within the diabetes care team;
4. appropriately identify the need for referral to other members of the interdisciplinary team;
5. communicate effectively with the team;
6. use interpersonal skills to assist with lifestyle modification to enhance health;
7. empower persons living with diabetes to self-manage their condition;
8. evaluate the care provided by the interdisciplinary team;
9. respond to the need for indicated changes; and
10. conduct a research study in relation to diabetes care

d. Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

1. work collaboratively with others;
2. reflect on learning needs;
3. identify and access resources which meet those needs;
4. utilise ICT effectively, including virtual learning resources;
5. participate in the wider diabetes professional community, including national and international organizations such as the International Diabetes Federation.
Healthcare professionals who specialise in diabetes. It aims to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to provide high quality care to their patients.

The programme is targeted at community based doctors, hospital doctors, specialist and non specialist nurses, pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with diabetes.
Successful completion of the MSc in Diabetes Care can facilitate access to different career options in clinical practice, public health, policy development and implementation and academia. MSc graduates may also register for professional doctorates or for research based doctorates (PhD). Furthermore it will empower healthcare professionals from different backgrounds to participate more effectively in Health care Provision in the field of Diabetes.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 29 March 2021

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.