M.Sc. Infectious Diseases

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • Not specified
  • English
The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
This programme is organised by Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (EID), which is hosted by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science and Engineering.

Description of Infectious Diseases


This programme is organised by Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (EID), which is hosted by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the College of Science and Engineering.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January (UK and EU applicants);June (international applicants)
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

This programme provides an introduction to research methodology for biologists, medics and veterinarians. The training also provides an entry into PhD studies. Projects are available in the following areas:

  • antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquired infections;
  • the pathogenesis of prion and viral diseases (animal and human, including herpes and HIV);
  • the immunology of bacterial and parasitic infections (including major tropical diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis and river blindness);
  • arthropod vector biology and vectorborne diseases;
  • the immunology of ruminant infections (for example Johne's Disease);
  • epidemiology and mathematical modelling of animal and human infections;
  • functional genomics and bioinformatics.

The learning process includes a one-year research project and during the study period students will be required to attend research seminars and lectures, including those on the related areas of immunology, microbiology and pathology. Training will also be given in generic skills including: statistics; project management and planning; oral and written presentational skills.

Depending on the project selected, students will learn how to apply modern molecular and biochemical techniques to the investigation of pathogenesis of infections, or the use of statistics and mathematical models to study the epidemiology of diseases.

English Language Requirements

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CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Infectious Diseases

In order to be considered for the programme we require a relevant undergraduate degree with a UK 2:1 or higher result, or its equivalent if outside the UK. Where applicable, you will also be required to meet any language requirements in accordance with the University of Edinburgh's regulations.

Supporting documentation must be uploaded together with your application. You should have all this documentation ready before you start the process. If you do not upload these documents, this will delay the application process.

Before making your application, you must make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal. Further information on making a research degree application can be found below.

Work Experience for Infectious Diseases

No work experience is required.

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