This new 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 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 the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
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. Year 2 is a mix of compulsory and optional modules.
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.
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.
This unique programme will offer the student the knowledge and skills required to enhance their career progression in clinical or academic medicine. The programme will offer an alternative to traditional classroom based research training for those candidates who do not wish to take time away from their professional commitments.
The MSc in Advanced Practice is aimed at all health and social care staff who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as advanced practitioners.
Over the past decade, the emergence of competencies, conceptual frameworks and operational tools, together with government and educational drivers, has firmly placed the notion of advanced practice and advanced level nursing as a core development area in the practice workplace.
This Master's course is likely to appeal to a wide range of professionals including:
You will have the choice to follow a generic or a specialist pathway within your study. At present, we offer specialist pathways in:
Your specialist pathway will be reflected on your final degree award and will appear in brackets. To qualify for a particular specialist pathway, the modules you take in your second year, as well as your dissertation, must be focused on your specialist area. For example, if you wanted to receive an MSc Advanced Practice (Infection Control) your year two modules (which must add up to 60 credits at level 7) and your dissertation must be on infection control.
Our teaching staff are highly committed, passionate, subject specialists with clinical currency who will be there to support you during your course.
During the course, you will have a personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout your academic life, and you will receive regular, personalised feedback on your progress in theory and practice, helping you to succeed.
You will also benefit from a fantastic range of high-tech, innovative teaching resources and have access to the University's mentoring service, making your learning fun and engaging.
This course is run by the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.
You will learn from highly skilled staff, many of whom conduct cutting-edge research in their specialist areas, ensuring that your period of study is both challenging and rewarding.
The College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare teaching staff includes:
Course Leader – Catherine Lynch (pictured below right with students graduating) has been running the MSc Advanced Practice for 10 years has received commendations and awards for her use of technology to deliver the electronic elements (50%) of the first year of the course.
Senior Lecturer - Mental Health Reuben Pearce who has worked within the NHS since 1995 and continues to maintain a strong presence in practice through involvement in various initiatives with NHS Trust partners.
Professor of Evidence-based Healthcare Professor Heather Loveday a peer reviewer for a number of journals including the Journal of Hospital Infection and International Journal of Nursing Practice.
Completing the Masters programme will give you the skills and confidence to stand out in the graduate market. Since the introduction of the Graduate Curriculum in Nursing in 2010, a Masters degree will be the next stepping stone for career development for current cohorts of student nurses, so will be an advantage to those nurses currently looking to get ahead and establish their career pathways.
Opportunities for further study include progression to our MPhil programme, and onwards to a Professional Doctorate or PhD.
Most students will take the Master's course over three years, taking 60 credits in each year. Once accepted on to the course, you will be assisted by the course leader to plot your route. You will be supported throughout your studies at the University of West London.
Some students (for example, students on the Infection Control pathway) will take the year two (optional modules) in their first year, and then take Role Development and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner second.The only course pre-requisite is the need to have successfully complete Research Methods in year three.The typical pathway for students who take the Masters course in the traditional way starts with Year one, where students take Role Development between September and December and Becoming an Advanced Practitioner between January and July.
Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply
Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries