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Global Health & Infectious Diseases (Online Distance Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert

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MSc Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 6 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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MSc Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Online Distance Learning) - 3 Years (Part-time)
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PgDip Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 4 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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PgCert Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Online Distance Learning) (ICL) - 2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
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PgCert Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Online Distance Learning) - 1 Year (Part-time)
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PgDip Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Online Distance Learning) - 2 Years (Part-time)
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Contact information
Kim Picozzi (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 242 9376
Email: ghid.onlinemsc@ed.ac.uk
Address: College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine - Postgraduate Office
The Chancellor's Building
Little France
Edinburgh
EH16 4SB

In the past few decades there has been almost one new disease emerging each year and more than 75 per cent of these diseases derive from zoonotic origins. There is now more demand for investment and research to help us manage these diseases better.

This programme aims to address the challenges posed by infectious diseases in the 21st Century by offering you courses in surveillance, prevention and control of infectious diseases, as well as evaluating how they impact public health.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in a biomedical, medical, public health and veterinary personnel or relevant bio-science topic. Relevant work experience may be considered. Applicants who fall below these entry requirements, but have relevant work experience, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. You may be admitted to the Certificate level only in the first instance.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: 92 (with at least 20 in all sections)
  • PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

The application deadline for the next intake is:

Programme start date Application deadline
14 September 2015 7 September 2015

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

Supporting documentation must be uploaded together with your application. You should have all this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload these documents, this will delay the application process.

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Programme description

This is a professional postgraduate qualification for biomedical, medical, public health, and veterinary personnel with an interest in global health and infectious diseases.

The programme draws upon the parallels that exist between these diseases, learning from the challenges that exist and aiming to connect individuals to lay the foundations for a global community of practice. Our aim is to provide advanced qualifications for biomedical, medical, public health, and veterinary personnel. The course is designed to instruct students in the practice of formulating and implementing strategies and programmes aimed at renewing and strengthening scientific knowledge development and building human capital.

Our online learning system lets you work entirely from your home location while still earning your salary. This can enhance your learning experience and working knowledge while rewarding you with a highly regarded qualification.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Programme structure

The programme normally takes three years, beginning with a series of courses and followed by an individual project or dissertation.

Year 1: certificate

Courses include:

  • Global Health: Fundamentals
  • Understanding Infectious Diseases

And a choice from the following two options, either:

  • a single course in Applied Epidemiology and Public Health
  • a course each in Global Citizenship and Globalisation and Health

Year 2: diploma

You will choose sixty credits from a range that includes:

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Forensic Medicine and Science
  • Global Health: Mortality
  • Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Newborn and Child Health
  • Public Health Systems in the Developed and Developing World
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Zoonotic Disease

Year 3: masters

You will conduct a written reflective element of 10-15,000 words

Find more information on the programme structure on the programme website:

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to help you fulfil leadership roles in international and national organisations that manage health and disease issues. A number of students have also raised their academic profiles through the publication and dissemination of their final year research.

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