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The IMU Diabetes Management and Education programme provides training at the postgraduate diploma level to healthcare providers who provide diabetes care.

Diabetes Management & Education (PG Dip)

This programme is the highest qualification of its kind in South East Asia and modelled against international curriculum. The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes Management and Education is a taught course with an inclusive, innovative, and flexible curriculum designed to fit into the working adult lifestyle and impart competencies to grow a career for the future diabetes care workplace.

The programme caters for a broad range of healthcare professionals including nurses, assistant medical officers, dietitians, pharmacists, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists, podiatrists, and medical practitioners who are interested in improving diabetes care.

Teaching and learning is delivered and supervised by highly qualified and experienced local and international specialists from the multidisciplinary areas of diabetes care, and extends beyond the provision of education to include theory, research, and the educator role into professional practice to generate individualised self-management solutions for people with diabetes.

Students can choose to complete all 6 modules of the programme, within 1 year as a full-time student or within a maximum period of 3 years as a part-time student.

Key Facts


  • PG Dip in Diabetes Management and Education


  • March and July

total duration

  • 1 - 3 years (full-time)
  • 2 - 4 years (part-time)

Tuition Fees

  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • A 20% reduction of tuition fees for members of Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA), Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), Malaysian Diabetes Educators Society (MDES), Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS), Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), Chain Pharmacies and Groups from Hospitals.

Mode of Delivery

  • Open & Distance Learning (ODL)

About Open and Distance Learning (ODL)

What is ODL?

Open and distance learning provides working professionals an alternative to conventional programmes at universities, giving them the opportunity to earn a university degree without interrupting their career. As Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and health sciences university with 30 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education, IMU offers a few postgraduate programmes via this learning mode with students having the opportunity to benefit from all the teaching and support that the University has to offer.

Benefits of ODL

Designed especially for students with employment, family or other commitments, this mode of learning provides flexibility and convenience for the student to schedule their studies around these obligations and around their lifestyle – allowing a student to plan and pace their own learning at a time and learning environment that is most suitable for the student. It also saves students from spending time travelling to the university, the costs of travelling to the university and the costs of staying near the university.

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods include a series of annotated lectures supplemented by videos. For each subject taken, students will be part of a student online community. Students will also be assigned a mentor who will be available to answer any questions and provide feedback on their progress.

Students will be assessed fully online via the in-course assessment assignments and end of module assessment assignment so they don’t need to be at the University to sit for your exams. They will the receive their grades and feedback online.

In order to do this, students will be required to have a desktop/laptop, internet connection, a headset and webcam to participate in online tutorials and other group activities, access to standard office software – such as Microsoft Word and Excel, plus any standard browser, such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox and Skype for certain online sessions.

Your Commitment

Time will be an ODL student’s most important commitment – understanding, working through and reflecting on all teaching materials. The hours spent per week on their studies for the duration of the programme depends on module taken.

Support from University

ODL students are fully registered student of the University with all of the support and services available to them, the same as the on-campus students. Technical support will also be provided if students have difficulty in accessing the e-learning platform.

Why Study Diabetes Management & Education at IMU?

Among the Highest Qualification for Diabetes Management and Education in Southeast Asia.

Flexible Blended Learning Model

Inclusive Curriculum for Multidisciplinary Learning

Innovative Curriculum for Career Advancement

Taught by Renowned Faculty in Diabetes

Programme Structure

DME7101 Management of Diabetes and Complications
(5 credits)
DME7103 Care of Special Groups (4 credits) DME7107 Research Methodology (6 credits)
DME7102 Diabetes Self-Management Education in Psychosocial Context
(5 Credits)
DME7104 Teaching and Learning in Diabetes Care
(6 Credits)
DME7108 Management of Microvascular and Macrovascular Complications (4 Credits)

Commencement of the programme will determine the sequence of modules taken for the three semesters.

Option I. Full-time
Students who take the programme on a full-time basis will finish the programme over three semesters within a period of 12 months or 1 year.

Option II. Part-time

Students who take the programme on a part-time basis have the option to finish the programme over a maximum period of 36 months or 3 years.

Teaching and Learning Activities

Blended learning that combines onsite learning activities at the university, workbased learning at the student’s place of work, online learning, and independent assignments.

100% online learning that combines asynchronous and synchronous online learning activities, workbased learning at the student’s place of work, and independent assignments.

Entry Requirement

Registered Nurse / Assistant Medical Officer / Dietitian / Pharmacist / Physiotherapist / Clinical Psychologist / Podiatrist / Medical Practitioner with a Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline and a minimum CGPA of 2.50


Registered (if appropriate) with Nursing / Assistant Medical Officer / Pharmacy / Medical Practitioner Board of Malaysia or country of origin or its equivalent

English Requirements for International Students

  • IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  • TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  • Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  • Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.

Please note that achieving the minimum Entry and English requirements as stated does not guarantee you admission into any of IMU’s programmes.

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information.

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 500
Registration Fee 1,100 3,400
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 2,000
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 40
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • A 20% reduction of tuition fees for members of Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA), Malaysian Diabetes Educators Society (MDES), Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS), Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), Chain Pharmacies and Groups from Hospitals.
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit is payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Office.
  • Students must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees.
  • All fees quoted are in Ringgit Malaysia unless stated otherwise.

Fee Structure

Malaysian Student

Programme Study Mode No. of Credit Hour  Fee per Credit Hour (RM)  Total Fee (RM)
Postgraduate Diploma Conventional 30 1,100 33,000
Postgraduate Diploma Open & Distance Learning (ODL) 30 900 27,000

* Refer to the University

International Student

Programme Study Mode No. of Credit Hour  Fee per Credit Hour (RM)  Total Fee (RM)
Postgraduate Diploma Conventional 30
Postgraduate Diploma Open & Distance Learning (ODL) 30 900* 27,000*

* Refer to the University

Views from Our Community

Wong Soh San

Student, DME119 & Nurse

I have started applying what I have learnt to become a reflective practitioner. I am able to recognise my gaps and strengths as a practitioner, and engage in a process of continuous learning to improve my clinical skills. I have gotten good feedback from my patients. My referrals from doctors have increased. Recently, I received an invitation to speak at a nursing school to nursing students at a workshop.

Nah Ying Wa

Student, DME119 & Practicing Pharmacist

I noticed that the quality of care that I provide to my patients with diabetes has improved tremendously. Before taking this programme, I would mainly provide care in relation to medication issues when patients come to me. Now, I am able to provide a more comprehensive care plan that addresses the patient’s individual needs and empowers the patient to better self-manage diabetes in their day to day life.


How will this postgraduate diploma in diabetes education and management benefit me?

This course will enhance your knowledge and skills in managing people with diabetes. You will obtain an in-depth understanding of diabetes, build your clinical competencies and be able to integrate the theory and research of diabetes management into clinical practice. This programme is currently the highest qualification available in South East Asia.

I am not a nurse, assistant medical officer or doctor. Can I take this programme?

You can take this programme if you possess a Bachelor’s degree and are either a Registered Nurse, Assistant Medical Officer, Dietitian, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Clinical Psychologist, Podiatrist or a Medical Practitioner.

I don’t have work experience that involves patient care. Can I take this programme?

You do not require work experience to take this programme. However, you will need access to people living with diabetes as part of your assignments.

How long does it take to complete this programme?

If you register as a full-time student, you complete the course in 1 year. You may also enrol as a part-time student and complete the course within 3 years. We use a blended learning approach with online self-study, face to face learning and clinical work assignments at your own workplace.

When does the programme begin?

The programme commences in March and July for both full-time and part-time students. The programme consists of 6 modules delivered on a modular basis over 3 semesters. Commencement of the programme will determine the sequence of modules taken for the three semesters.

Click here for more information on the modules offered.

Who are the faculty teaching in this programme?

A multidisciplinary team of faculty teach into this programme. The faculty come from various healthcare professions that are directly involved in the diabetes management including:

  • Endocrinology
  • Family medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sports medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Nursing and diabetes education
  • Dietetics
  • Podiatry
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Dentistry
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

For more details of teaching staff:  Click Here

What are the teaching methods used in this programme?

This programme has been designed with the working healthcare professional in mind. Our teaching methods are based on ‘andragogy’ – an adult-focused teaching approach. This means that the teaching methods used in this programme allows you to

  • self-direct and evaluate your learning
  • explore a subject matter in the context of your practice to solve problems that you regularly encounter when managing patients
  • use online collaboration tools to challenge yourself with new learning opportunities
  • enhance clinical skill-sets and acquire practical knowledge

The teaching methods used in this programme are:

  • On-campus Activities: Seminar, interactive lecture, workshop, practical, tutorial, Problem Based Learning (PBL), oral presentation
  • Blended Learning: e-Forum, online lecture, e-PBL, guided reading, quiz
  • Work-based clinical assignments

Do I need to attend any teaching sessions/classes at the university?

This programme offers flexibility to complement the working adult lifestyle. We use a blended learning model that incorporates online learning, clinical assignments at the student’s place of work, and you will be required to attend 2 weeks of teaching sessions at the university campus throughout your studies.

Do I need to take any exams? What are the assignments that I will need to do?

Our assessment methods are based on ‘andragogy’ – an adult-focused teaching approach. This means that you will be assessed using methods that are related to your learning in the context of practice.
Your assessment is 100% in-course. In-Course Assessments may be divided into various categories such as workshop, practical, forum, oral presentation, Problem Based Learning (PBL), quiz, written assignment, case study report, reflective log, mini video, and any other assessment modalities identified in the individual Module Guides.

Is there a compulsory practicum?

As part of the programme requirements, you will need 2 weeks of exposure with patients who have diabetes. This exposure involves the assessment of patient self-care learning needs, implementation of diabetes education session, and evaluation of the effectiveness of these sessions. If your current workplace meets this requirement, you can do this at your current workplace.

Is this programme recognised?

This programme has obtained provisional accreditation by Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) of the Ministry of Education, Malaysia. The curriculum is modelled after the international diabetes education curriculum guidelines to ensure graduates are able to provide personalised education, support and solutions for people with diabetes and their caregivers. The graduates of this programme will also be able to help the community they engage with through the coordination and
advocacy of diabetes care. This programme also equips its graduates with the ability to independently seek new knowledge and skills to continuously improve diabetes care delivery.

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You will need to prepare the following documents for your application:

  • Verified copies of your academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • A copy of your MyKad or the identification page of your passport

These supporting documents needs to be attached electronically to your application. Please note that all of our programmes require payment of a non-refundable application fee after the application has been submitted. Application will only be processed once the payment for application fee has been made.

We wish you all the best with your application, and hope we will be welcoming you into one of our programmes soon!

A Word from the Programme Director


BSc Nutrition & Dietetics, MSc Dietetics & Food Service Management, PhD Nutrition

“The Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes Management and Education offered by IMU is a comprehensive evidence-based programme designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and educate individuals with diabetes. This specialised diploma focuses on the latest advancements in diabetes care, providing students with a deep understanding of the disease and its management. Additionally, the graduates will gain expertise in diabetes education, enabling them to effectively communicate with patients and empower them to take control of their health.

It offers a flexible learning environment, allowing graduates to balance their studies with their professional commitments. The graduates will also explore strategies for preventing and managing diabetes-related complications, as well as the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in providing holistic care. By completing IMU Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes Management and Education programme, graduates can contribute to improving the lives of those living with diabetes and play a vital role in preventing and managing the chronic conditions.”

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