- Full Time
The science of infectious disease and epidemiology is an interdisciplinary subject situated at the interface between medicine, molecular and cell biology and the social sciences. This fact is taken into account by offering MBBS and BDS students the possibility of studying these subjects thoroughly in theory and practice in the form of an intercalated BSc in Infectious Disease and Epidemiology.
Detailed knowledge of infectious disease and epidemiology is important for all doctors, given the ubiquity of infectious diseases in all parts of medical practice. Thus there is a growing need for scientifically trained doctors with an interest in infection, who will be in a position to carry out investigations designed to answer basic and translational research questions. This programme builds on the strength and experience in teaching and learning from the Centre of Immunology and Infectious Disease and Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at the Blizard Institute, Barts & The London Medical School.
The programme will be open to post third/fourth year MBBS, BDS or BVetMed students who have passed all years to date on the MBBS, GEP and the BDS (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK/EU) countries. It is not open to those who have previously undertaken an intercalated a degree. Normally, no referrals in any of the clinical firm grades where these have been undertaken. Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.
Learning and teaching
Each module will be taught using a range of methods, varying according to the subject and learning objectives of the module. All modules will include lectures, small group tutorials, and independent study. Most modules will follow a format of structured preparatory work (reading and reflection exercises), weekly interactive lectures and a two-hour small group seminar. Visiting speakers will provide insight into current research and clinical advancements. Data analysis sessions (epidemiology and statistics) will include introduction to real data sets such as those from local or national public health observatories. The assessments are spread throughout the academic year, culminating in a written thesis summarizing and discussing the research project outcomes.
- Written exams for five of the modules (SAQ or SAQ/Essay or MCQ/EMQ based for Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Virology, and Epidemiology)
- Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation (Epidemiology and Clinical Microbiology)
- Written paper critique (2,000 words, Virology) and practical skills test (Molecular Biology)
- Dissertation (8,000 words, Research Project)
Throughout terms 1 and 2 we offer feed forward and feedback workshops on how to write a critique/dissertation, how to design a poster, how to prepare oral presentations and SAQ/MCQ/EMC/essay writing. These sessions prepare to students for the different assessments, but more importantly practise science writing and communication within science.
Students will acquire the critical skill and knowledge to recognise clinical manifestations of infections, initiate effective treatment strategies for their patients, and conduct research into current infectious disease challenges. The programme consists of six modules:
- Principles of Clinical Microbiology
- Molecular Biology in Infectious Disease
- Principles of Virology
- Essential Immunology
- Epidemiology and Statistics
- Research Project (linked to course topics).
Specifically this programme will enable students to:
- Compare and contrast the role of different infectious pathogens in the natural history of diseases, and appraise the relationship between pathogen-host interactions and the epidemiology of infectious diseases.
- Critique the basics of molecular and cell biology, and devise applications in clinical diagnostics and epidemiology to design and evaluate treatment interventions.
- Synthesise their own research goals and interpret their findings in the light of current knowledge in the field through in depth study of a number of basic problems in molecular and clinical virology, molecular and clinical microbiology and immunology.
- Design experiments/clinical trials, collect and interpret relevant data and communicate these results within the scientific community after first-hand experience of experimental investigations in infectious disease and/or epidemiology related projects.
Admissions and programme enquiries
Matthias T Dittmar, PhD, SFHEA – Senior Lecturer in Infection (Programme Organiser)
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7882 8119
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
4 Newark Street