MSc in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Programme structure

The new three year Masters programme will provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of infection disciplines.

Postgraduate study on campus

Students will be encouraged to:

  • Develop an increased understanding and awareness of the scientific and medical background of infectious diseases.
  • Achieve a command of existing knowledge in their field of research, through a critical and (where relevant) comprehensive review of relevant literature.
  • Develop the ability to understand the principles of data analysis, dissemination of results and implementation of key findings and thus make informed judgements on new and emerging treatments.
  • Establish the ability to demonstrate an understanding of how specialist knowledge in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases is applied to advise treatments and management of infectious diseases.
  • Enhance the ability to communicate, in writing and verbally, scientific results and information in research.
  • Ensure an understanding of infectious diseases to enable the undertaking of independent research.

Programme Courses

This programme is taught entirely online. The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of trainees and specialist practitioners from all over the world.

Courses are offered as five week courses, each worth 10 credits. Courses in Year 1 are compulsory. In Year 2 students choose six courses from the list of available courses.

Year One: Certificate

Courses currently on offer during year one include:

  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Science and biology of bacteria
  • Science and biology of viruses
  • Science and biology fungi, parasites and prions
  • Laboratory practise in microbiology, virology and serology
  • Anti-infective therapy and resistance

Year Two: Diploma

Year two course offerings and availability are subject to annual academic review and demand. Courses currently on offer during year two include:

  • Immunopathology
  • Molecular diagnostics of infection
  • Community acquired infections and public health
  • Infection prevention & control
  • HIV infection and other immune-compromised patients
  • Clinical syndromes and infection
  • The returning traveller: Diagnosis, investigation and management of imported infection
  • Bioinformatics and study design in infectious diseases
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases

Year Three: Masters

Research in Infection Medicine, written reflective element (project)

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.

Flexible study

The programme also offers the opportunity to take a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), either part-time over 9 months or on an intermittent basis over 2 years; or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), either part-time over 21 months or on an intermittent basis over 4 years.

Please contact us before submitting an application if you are interested in applying to the Certificate or Diploma programme.

How you will learn

Find out how the programme is taught, and explore our free online course to get a taste