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Diabetes, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 13 months
University rank #259 (QS) ,
This Diabetes programme at National University of Ireland, Galway aims to prepare graduates to effectively contribute to diabetes management through comprehensive academic and research training.  


Diabetes is a global health emergency with over 600 million people expected to have the condition by 2030, representing 10% of the world’s population. Therefore the World Health Organisation (WHO) has classed diabetes as an epidemic requiring urgent action for both prevention and management. This has been echoed in Irelands Health Service Executive national policy and clinical strategy for diabetes. It is a chronic metabolic condition that can cause significant cardiovascular morbidity and mortality if not managed correctly. Central to this management is controlling key physiological indices such as blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipid levels, as well as promoting health behaviours such as regular exercise, healthy eating and not smoking. Unfortunately achieving these biological targets and lifestyle goals is extremely challenging. Therefore given its growing prevalence and resulting impact on health care resources, there is an urgent need to provide specialist training in diabetes.  This interdisciplinary programme aims to meet this need. 

Learning outcomes

  • Have a systematic understanding of diabetes informed by the latest scholarship
  • Have a critical awareness of the current problems / new insights in diabetes.
  • Demonstrate a range of standard and specialised research tools for diabetes
  • Develop new skills to a high level including novel and emerging techniques in diabetes
  • Be able to act in a variety of professional contexts on the topic of diabetes
  • Be able to take significant responsibility for leading diabetes research
  • Be able to self-evaluate and take responsibility for continuing academic / professional development in diabetes
  • Be able to scrutinise and reflect on diabetes social norms and relationships and act to change them
  • Career Opportunities

    Specialist training in diabetes at postgraduate level offered by National University of Ireland, Galway will demonstrate an academic commitment to diabetes care and research, and therefore will allow the graduate to be competitive in pursing future healthcare opportunities.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include
    • Diabetes
    • Foundations of Health Promotion
    • Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
    • Lifestyle Risk Factor Modification
    • Research Project

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 13 months
    • Credits
      90 ECTS
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus, Blended

    English Language Requirements

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: Upper Second Class

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    General Requirements

    Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 degree in an appropriate clinical or life science degree program. For those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, a special case will be made if they have demonstrated aptitude for the course material through at least three years of high quality work experience in a relevant field of diabetes health. 

    Candidates coming to Ireland from abroad or who do not have a degree from Ireland or the UK will be asked to provide evidence of an acceptable result in one of the recognised English language proficiency tests, e.g., IELTS total score of 6.5.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      15000 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 13 months.
    • EU/EEA

      6500 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6500 EUR per year and a duration of 13 months.
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    Living costs for Galway

    • 800 - 1100 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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