Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev (Online Learning)
The University of Edinburgh
1 - 6 year
GBP 19,100 / per year *
23 Aug 2024
Earliest start date
09 Sep 2024
* estimated total fees for MSc: £19,100 / PgDip: £12,735 / PgCert: £6,370
This three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID).
Aimed at junior doctors currently undergoing, or about to undertake, specialty training in an infection discipline, this programme is open to trainees in the UK and worldwide.
This degree will also be attractive to those who have completed their training but wish to fulfill continuing medical education requirements or those who wish obtain a formal qualification in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
The programme is aligned with JRCPTB and RCPath training in infection disciplines: Combined Infection Training and Higher Specialty Training in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology.
This programme is designed to support trainees/specialists in preparation for FRCPath Part 1/Diploma in Infection, Infection Specialty end-of-training assessments and hospital-based practice.
Programme participants will have access to key texts and research bases and will have direct contact with leading clinicians and clinical scientists, providing a repository of information on infection disciplines that can be accessed at any time.
Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive 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 The University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources but also become part of a supportive online community that brings together students and tutors from around the world.
The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 15th in the World in the QS World University Rankings 2023.
We designed the programme with your training and your professional development aspirations in mind. To do this, we drew on the British medical curriculum for combined infection training and relevant speciality training of the Royal College of Pathologists and joint Royal Colleges of Physicians training board. Our programme is ideal for junior doctors who wish to specialise in infectious diseases or clinical microbiology.
This degree will also be attractive to those who have completed their training but wish to fulfil continuing medical education requirements, or those who wish to obtain a formal qualification in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. It is also an excellent opportunity to advance knowledge and skills for many professionals such as biomedical scientists, researchers, educators and health care professionals.
The programme is aligned with JRCPTB and RCPath training in infection disciplines: Combined Infection Training and Higher Specialty Training in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology. It is designed to support trainees/specialists in preparation for FRCPath Part 1/Diploma in Infection, Infection Specialty end-of-training assessments and hospital-based practice.
Postgraduate Certificate (Part-time 1 year; intermittent study 2 years)
The courses currently on offer in Year 1 are compulsory and include the following.
Introduction to Immunology
This course covers the immune response to infection and the role of innate and adaptive immunity.
Science and biology of bacteria
This course will develop your understanding of the basic biology of bacterial pathogens and how they cause disease in humans.
Science and biology of viruses
This course covers the basic biology of viral pathogens and how they cause disease in humans.
Science and biology of fungi, parasites and prions
This course focuses on major parasitic (protozoan and helminth), fungal and prion diseases of humans.
Laboratory practice in microbiology, virology and serology
This course aims to develop your understanding of the clinical laboratory in the investigation, management and prevention of infection.
Anti-infective therapy and resistance
This course will develop your understanding of antimicrobial agents and their use in clinical settings, how to use antimicrobial agents rationally based on evidence and existing policies, as well as your understanding of the evidence that underpins policy development and stewardship.
Postgraduate Diploma (Part-time 2 years; Intermittent study 4 years)
In year 2 you will select six option courses. Year two-course offerings and availability are subject to annual academic review and demand.
Courses currently on offer during year two include the following
Molecular diagnostics of infection
This course aims to provide knowledge about modern and emerging technologies for diagnosing infectious diseases. The focus will be on rapid pathogen detection, antibiotic resistance determination, point-of-care testing, high throughput and global technologies such as next-generation sequencing and mass spectrometry.
Community-acquired infections and public health
You will develop your knowledge to achieve an appropriate specific or differential diagnosis and initiate appropriate management in community-associated infection scenarios. You will also demonstrate leadership ability in dealing with outbreak situations, demonstrate the ability to analyse and interpret surveillance data and translate the results into policy and practice.
Infection prevention and control
You will understand the principles of infection prevention and control to reduce the risk of acquiring infections and to control their spread.
HIV Infection and other immune-compromised patients
This course aims to provide you with the ability to understand the causes and risk factors leading to immune deficiency, and the ability to recognise infection in immune-compromised patients. It will also cover the management of specific therapies in both HIV-infected and non-HIV immune-compromised patients as well as relevant counselling to patients, carers and relatives.
Clinical syndromes and infection
You will develop your understanding of the pathogenesis, laboratory diagnosis, clinical investigation and treatment of a broad range of complex infection syndromes as well as the relationship between co-morbidities and infection.
Travel medicine and infectious diseases
This course aims to introduce the challenges of travel medicine, considering the recreational short-term traveller as well as long-term population movement.
Scientific analysis and presentation: Infectious diseases (SARP-ID)
This course is designed to develop your competencies for high-quality scientific investigation, interpretation, review and reporting of findings.
Emerging infectious diseases
You will develop an understanding of the emergence of infectious diseases, the risk factors of disease emergence and the implications for disease surveillance and control in public health.
Masters (Part-time 3 years; Intermittent study 6 years)
In Year 3 you can opt between several proposed reflective elements such as a written dissertation (either current or historical) a casebook or a portfolio.
You can study this programme on a part-time basis. On successful completion of the courses and assessments you can graduate:
- after one year with a postgraduate certificate
- after two years with a postgraduate diploma
- after three years with a Masters
Intermittent study allows more flexibility in how you choose to study. With this option, you will have up to 2 years to complete the certificate, and up to 4 years to complete the diploma.
The standard programme structure is still maintained in terms of the progression requirement. However, you can tailor your education to fit more closely with commitments in both your private and professional life.
Postgraduate Professional Diploma
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course, without the time or financial commitment of a 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 to studying towards a higher award on a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme
Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout the year you may only start a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
UK government postgraduate loans
If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.
The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:
- your programme
- the duration of your studies
- your tuition fee status
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.