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Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases MSc

Course Description

Programme description

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.

Online learning

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.

Programme structure

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.

Year 1:

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 2:

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 3:

Research in Infection Medicine, written reflective element (project)

Career opportunities

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.

Visit the Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Medical degree or 2:1 with clinical experience. An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in a biomedical, medical, public health or relevant bio-science topic. Relevant work experience may be considered. Applicants who fall below these entry requirements, but have relevant work experience, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. You may be admitted to the Certificate level only in the first instance.

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