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Infectious Disease and Epidemiology (Intercalated)

B9MV BSc (Hons) 1 years


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.

Admissions and programme enquiries

Matthias T Dittmar, PhD, SFHEA – Senior Lecturer in Infection
Email: m.t.dittmar@qmul.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7882 8119
Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
4 Newark Street
E1 2AT


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.

Entry requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

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