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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to develop a rigorous scientific approach to understanding (1) glucose and nutrient homeostasis and the fundamental causes of diabetes; (2) the long-term complications and other metabolic diseases associated with poorly controlled diabetes, poor nutrition, obesity, lifestyle, and ageing. Finally, (3) depending on the type of diabetes, different approaches e.g. healthy diet, regular physical activity and various medications may play important roles in treating and managing diabetes. 

This will be achieved through a series of lectures, small class tutorials, case study sessions with research scientists and nutritionists from the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute and clinicians from NHS Grampian. 

The course is naturally complimented by BM5003: Cardiovascular Health and Disease and, also, by conducting an independent and original research project in term 3, working alongside experienced diabetes researchers.

This will equip you with the full range of academic, critical thinking, research and investigatory skills necessary for laboratory research and/or PhD study.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nimesh Mody

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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Course Description

The course will consist of taught lectures, debate and discussion sessions, critical paper and data analysis, clinical case studies and medical statistics. By completing this programme you will be able to critically evaluate current concepts in diabetes and metabolic complications research field; exhibit a deep understanding of how nutrition, diet, health, ageing and endocrine disruptors interact at a molecular and whole body level; gain an appreciation of the clinical situation presented to the consultants in the NHS; form a debate around the effects of different dietary constituents and how these contribute to health and disease; and finally design and conduct a research study that would answer an important question in current diabetes therapy design.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 29, 38 - 39
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 30 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Online MCQ test (35%)

3000-word Essay (35%)

Oral presentation (15%)

Abstract (15%)

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit of any failed element


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateEvaluate principal theories and concepts in one or more specialisms within diabetes field
FactualUnderstandConstructing an understanding of normal and abnormal metabolism
ProceduralEvaluateAnalyse methods of technologies, practices and materials associated with diabetes research
ConceptualAnalyseA critical awareness of current issues in diabetes research and diabetes treatment

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