University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

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.

Entry requirements

Medical degree or 2.1 with clinical experience. An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to 1st or Upper 2nd 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. Applicants may be admitted to the certificate level only in the 1st instance.

Course 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: 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; emerging infectious diseases. Year 3: Research in infection medicine; written reflective element (project).

Assessment methods

Research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Online study £ 4,100 per Academic year (home fees) 36 months
MSc Online study £ 4,100 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 months
MSc Online study £ 4,100 per Academic year (rest of UK fees (Scottish courses)) 36 months
MSc Online study £ 4,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Distance learning

Key information

Programme Director
Telephone number: 
0131 242 9437