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

The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of trainees and specialist practitioners from all over the world and requires around 10 hours of study per week.

Students accumulate credits through a series of five week courses leading to a Certificate, Diploma or Masters qualification. Each course is worth 10 credits. Year One courses are compulsory. Year Two is a mix of compulsory and elective courses.

Year One: Certificate

Courses currently on offer during year one include:

  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Science and biology of viruses
  • Science and biology of fungi, parasites and prions
  • Science and biology of bacteria
  • Laboratory practice 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:

  • Molecular diagnostics of infection
  • Community acquired infections and public health
  • Infection prevention and 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    
  • Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases (GH)
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases (GH)

Year Three: Masters

Research in Infection Medicine, written reflective element (Dissertation)

How you will learn

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