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Postgraduate Course: Infectious Diseases (BIME11045)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits80 ECTS Credits40
SummaryInfectious diseases remain a major threat to individual and community health. They also impact upon food security and safety, and compromise animal health, welfare and production. Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (EID) fosters interdisciplinary research that brings together medical and veterinary scientists with the latest technologies to investigate all aspects of infectious disease pathogenesis and control. EID has expertise in epidemiology (including mathematical modelling), virology, microbiology, parasitology and arthropod vector biology. Support across classical disciplines is provided by biochemists, molecular biologists, geneticists, pathologists and bioinformaticians employing the latest methodologies of genomics, functional genomics and proteomics. EID research programmes include pathogens of national and international importance including: influenza; herpes viruses; HIV E coli 0157 and other enteric infections, Staphylococcus aureus, hospital acquired infections; tropical diseases including malaria, river blindness and lymphatic filariasis; schistsomiasis and sleeping sickness. Investigations of diseases of wild animals as well as domesticated species (foot-and-mouth disease; ovine paratuberculosis) are included in the research portfolio.

ERI offers a stimulating environment for postgraduate training (in modern, well equipped laboratories) that can include periods of study in collaborating laboratories in Europe through the EU's ERASMUS programme (available only when Infectious Disease is selected as a double option).

There are no formal taught elements to this course but students will be expected to attend lectures and seminars as directed by their supervisor for the purpose of gaining new theoretical knowledge and technical expertise required of the research project.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Blocks 1-3 (Sem 1-2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 800 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 19, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Other Study Hours 13, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 723 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study Hours
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 20 week maxi project write-up (maximum 10,000 words) = 100%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The aim of this course is to act as an elective research theme for the MSc/Diploma by Research in the Biomedical Sciences Programme.
  2. It will provide students with the opportunity to acquire research experience and associated generic/transferable skills in preparation for a 3 year PhD training in biomedical sciences.
  3. Successful study will earn an MSc by Research en route to the PhD.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsInf Dis
Course organiserDr Kim Picozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 6257
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Brodie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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