UCC CPD courses

Diabetes in Primary Care


Fact File

  • Title

    Diabetes in Primary Care

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    Attendance on 2 days plus 12 weeks online distance learning

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Application closing date for this module is 26th of July 2019.

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork.  Exact rooms to be confirmed.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Dates to be confirmed


On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Identify and categorise patients with problems with glycaemic control including diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose and gestational diabetes,
  • Devise and implement appropriate management plans for patients with diabetes and related conditions including prescription of appropriate pharmacotherapy for glycaemic control and risk factor management,
  • Detect potential and actual complications of diabetes,
  • Devise and implement appropriate plans for the reduction of risks of complications and the management of any complications that do occur,
  • Facilitate patients in diabetes self-management and life-style modification,
  • Quality assure their diabetes care by the construction of a practice diabetes register and the conduct of audit and evaluation.

This module consists of ten distance learning units supported by two workshop days. Each unit will run for one week (except unit 9 has three weeks). The units are:

  1. Diagnosis of diabetes
  2. Control & monitoring; self-management education
  3. Structured diabetes care
  4. Lifestyle modification
  5. Glucose Lowering Agents
  6. Insulin
  7. Acute emergencies
  8. Preventing cardiovascular disease
  9. Preventing diabetic eye, kidney and foot disease (3 weeks)
  10. Diabetes and pregnancy.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Online distance learning starts mid September

Two full day workshops take place on Saturdays at UCC in October and November



There will be a 1 hour Blackboard* training session in advance of course start date.   13hrs of workshops are delivered (dates to be confirmed) plus allow 4-6 hrs per week x 12 weeks distance learning – reading courses material and participating in online discussion board.

Partipication in an online discussion board over a 12 week period

Course work is submitted 8-10 weeks after the final online unit has been completed

*Blackboard is an online learning environment available to all staff and students in UCC.

Assessment: Total Marks 200, Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Online discussion board participation 100 marks, E-activities/short written submissions 20 marks. Essay 2500-3500 words 80 marks.).



The Department of General Practice Continuing Professional Development modules are designed for General Practitioners and Practice Nurses working in primary care.  Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of General Practice.

A minimum of 15 students is required for the course to run.  Applicants are advised to register an interest in the course in the first instance with the Department of General Practice.

Applicants must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (for example, the Irish Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration).  Applicants not registered with one of the above professional bodies must provide evidence of a level 8 qualification in a relevant health care discipline.

Candidates whose first language is not English must have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with scores in no individual sections less than 6.0.

All applicants are required to complete an application form and provide evidence of either current professional registration or primary degree.

Fees and Costs

In advance of applying candidates should contact the Department of General Practice to register an interest the course.

The fee for this module is €900. There is also a €35 application fee.

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD Application Form 2019-20

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.

Applications for this module are now open for 2019/20.