MSc in Infectious Diseases

Our online MSc in Infectious Diseases will provide graduates with the essential knowledge and skills to confidently diagnose, treat and manage infectious diseases and help healthcare professionals progress in their career. As the spread of infectious diseases continues to grow, along with the emergence of new diseases, antibiotic-resistant organisms and a growing population across the world, the role of specialists working and studying this topic will only become more critical. It is, therefore, crucial that the provision of high quality education in this subject area is readily available so that more healthcare professionals can enter the field of infectious disease.

Subject to validation

Next intake: 2022 MarchKey Facts

Commitment
20 hours a week
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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Now more than ever there is a growing need for healthcare professionals to engage with and study the topic of infectious disease. Infectious diseases such as Ebola, SARS and the current Covid-19 pandemic provide potent reminders that infectious diseases remain a constant threat to public health globally. Infectious diseases continue to cause significant problems economically and to the UK healthcare system, accounting for 7% of all deaths and annual costs of £30bn. Because of the issues caused by infectious diseases there is a real need for healthcare professionals to have specialist knowledge in this area in order to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

After completion of the Infectious Disease Postgraduate Diploma you will:

  • Be equipped with a systematic understanding of major infectious diseases, from pathogenesis through to diagnosis and treatment

  • Have developed skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for ongoing professional development, service improvement and future study, as well as life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in infectious disease.

  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and teamwork in the field of infectious disease, and be enabled to deliver leadership to teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.

  • Be enabled to critically evaluate both the current and evolving evidence base in infectious disease.

  • Be equipped with a systematic understanding of evidence-based medicine in relation to infectious disease.

  • Have relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address complex patient needs and implement best practice and innovation in complex scenarios.

MSc:

  • Be able to extend your knowledge of research methods and application to practice.

  • Be able to extend your scope of practice in infectious disease by exploring a complex issue in more depth, utilising knowledge gained in the previous modules.

Subject To Validation

This programme has not yet been validated by a University partner. We are accepting applications for this course on the basis that it will shortly be validated. Please note that all applications are subject to this validation being approved.



Subject to validation

Next intake: 2022 March Key Facts

Commitment
20 hours a week
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online

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Who is this course for?

This 2-year online distance learning course is aimed at a variety of healthcare professionals looking to expand their knowledge and skillset in the topic of infectious disease. The course is perfect for those looking to add value to their CV and will enable graduates to rise to the challenges of delivering high quality care to their patients within a complex primary and secondary care environment

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

The Infectious Diseases MSc is a two year course, consisting of seven modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma. The second year of the Infectious Diseases MSc course starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

Year 1

To develop an understanding of the immune system, basic biology of different pathogen classes and the interaction between them, in order to underpin and inform the remainder of the course modules.

Explore in more detail common clinical presentations in bacterial infections and specifics of therapy related to bacterial infection.

The module will have a strong clinical focus and students will discuss and gain a deeper knowledge around a range of systemic infections caused by bacteria, antibiotic therapy including mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics, and mycobacterial infections

Explore in more detail common clinical presentations in viral infections and specifics of antiviral and antiretroviral therapy

The module will have a strong clinical focus and students will discuss and explore key viruses causing human disease including respiratory pathogens, childhood viral infections, viral hepatitides, HIV infection, and the therapeutic options available for each.

Explore in more detail common clinical presentations for major fungal pathogens. Understand the investigation and treatment of tropical disease and travel associated infection, with a major emphasis on malaria.

This module will encourage a deeper understanding of the surveillance and reporting mechanisms around communicable disease, and population level disease prevention strategies including vaccination and infection control.

Explore in more detail infections in some of the key groups in clinical practice, and investigation of some common infectious disease conundrums

Year 2

This module will help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Infectious Diseases research.

This module will develop students’ ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice and develop skills in independent research, study and writing for publication.

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice.

Assessment Methods

This MSc in Infectious Diseases places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The first six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

For the final module of the course you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Year 1

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

Year 2

This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field.

Registered healthcare professionals, without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.

  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.

  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.

  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.

  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2022:
£8,880
Application deadline - 7th March 2022

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£830£830
1st May 2022£830£8,050
1st July 2022£830
1st September 2022£830
1st November 2022£830
1st January 2023£830
1st March 2023£650
1st May 2023£650
1st July 2023£650
1st September 2023£650
1st November 2023£650
1st January 2024£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

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