Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning) (MSc) at University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh
Anywhere, UK
Masters (MSc)

3 years
Part time

Course description:

The Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Online Learning) MSc is a 3-year distance learning, part-time programme at the University of Edinburgh. This programme aims to address the challenges posed by infectious diseases in the 21st Century by offering you courses in surveillance, prevention and control of infectious diseases, as well as evaluating how they impact public health. The programme draws upon the parallels that exist between these diseases, learning from the challenges that exist and aiming to connect individuals to lay the foundations for a global community of practice. Students will be instructed in the practice of formulating and implementing strategies and programmes aimed at renewing and strengthening scientific knowledge development and building human capital.

You can study entirely from your home location while still earning your salary. On successful completion of the Global Health and Infectious Diseases MSc a student will be able to:

• Demonstrate extensive detailed critical knowledge in global health and infectious diseases informed by evidence based learning;
• Apply knowledge, skills, understanding and research in a wide and often unpredictable variety of global health contexts;
• Develop and evaluate original and creative solutions to problems and issues faced in response to the infectious disease challenges in global health;
• Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise; and
• Work in peer relationships to critically reflect on relevant experiences and build on and address these within a scientific context.


Global Health Academy at University of Edinburgh

Entry Requirements:

This is a professional postgraduate qualification for biomedical, medical, public health, and veterinary personnel with an interest in global health and infectious diseases. Applicants must have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a biomedical, medical, public health, veterinary or relevant bio-science topic. Those with relevant work experience may also be considered.  International students have to check the Official Website (link found below) to see if their international qualifications meet the university’s general entry requirements.

They also should demonstrate English language competency. International applicants must have the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

• IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
• TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section.
• PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the “Communicative Skills” sections; the “Enabling Skills” sections are not considered). But with effect from 2021 entry, PTE Academic qualifications will be withdrawn.
• CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
• Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all 4 components.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than 2 years old.


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