M.Sc. Infectious Diseases

The University of Edinburgh

Application deadline: 15 January 2014 (UK and EU applicants); 30 June 2014 (international applicants)
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
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  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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.

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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.

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