MSc in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

MSc in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (on-line 3 year course)

The online MSc in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases is aimed at junior doctors currently undergoing, or about to undertake, specialty training in an Infection discipline.

This programme will provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of infection disciplines and will enable students to:

  • Develop and 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 Modules

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 modules leading to a Certificate, Diploma or Masters qualification. Each module is worth 10 credits. Year One modules are compulsory. Year Two is a mix of compulsory and elective modules.

Year One: Certificate

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

Year Two: Diploma

  • Immunopathology
  • 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 

Year Three: Masters

  • Research in Infection Medicine, written reflective element (project)


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