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.
All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.
Months of entry
January, October, September, April
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.
It provides an introduction to research methodology for biologists, medics and veterinarians. The training also provides an entry into PhD studies. Previous students have undertaken projects in the following areas:
- antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquired infections
- arthropod vector biology and vectorborne diseases
- epidemiology and mathematical modelling of animal and human infections
- functional genomics and bioinformatics
- molecular diagnosis and point-of-care detection of infectious diseases
- the immunology of bacterial and parasitic infections (including major tropical diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis and river blindness)
- the immunology of ruminant infections (for example Johne's Disease)
- the pathogenesis of prion and viral diseases (animal and human, including herpes and HIV)
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.
Information for international students
To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international
Fees and funding
Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding
Qualification and course duration
MSc by research
Course contact details
- Programme Administrator
- +44 (0)131 650 3289