Postgraduate Certificate ( 1 year Part-time Online Learning )


Application deadline for 2019 entry: Friday 16 September 2019

Tuberculosis is the leading infectious disease killer and the ninth cause of death globally, affecting close to 11 million people a year with 1.4 million deaths. Multidrug-resistant TB affects half a million people annually and is a growing threat to public health and a significant obstacle to the elimination of this scourge to humanity.  

This new programme will provide a comprehensive overview of Tuberculosis with an emphasis on prevention, diagnosis, and management of drug-susceptible Tuberculosis.  The programme has been developed for trainees and consultants in infection specialities and respiratory medicine; it can also be taken by TB nurses and public health workers, and practitioners with experience in Tuberculosis.

The programme is delivered via distance learning, allowing students to study at their own pace and in their own time. It will provide an excellent structured learning platform for trainees and specialists to develop their skills in this area. Leading experts deliver lectures in the field, with the same lecturer offering tutorials one-week post release of the talk.

Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health have an excellent reputation in Medicine and Tuberculosis (TB), with active research and teaching programmes in each. Barts Health NHS Trust caters for a large part of East London and treats the largest number of Tuberculosis patients in Western and Central Europe, seeing 10% of national TB cases.  

The programme will be co-led by Simon Tiberi, an Infectious Diseases Consultant and R&D Lead for the Department of Infection at Barts Health NHS Trust, and Dr David Wareham, Clinical Senior Lecturer within the Blizard Institute at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.


The postgraduate certificate comprises:

Four modules, each 15 credits = 60 total credits
Three compulsory modules, plus two elective modules. 

This programme is completely web-based, distance learning.

The programme starts with a compulsory module that will provide a comprehensive overview of Tuberculosis with an emphasis on prevention, diagnosis and management of drug-susceptible Tuberculosis. Students will then continue with an additional 2 compulsory modules, and 1 elective. The aims of these modules are as follows:

  • To provide a comprehensive overview of the public health aspects of Tuberculosis with an emphasis on the theory, guidelines and exercises used to practising the taught concepts. 
  • To provide a more in-depth review of specific and challenging aspects surrounding the clinical management of Tuberculosis. 
  • To provide a comprehensive overview of multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis. 
  • To provide preparation for performing research in Tuberculosis. 

Module Summary

  • NEW - Introduction to Tuberculosis (Compulsory; 15 credits) assessed by a 2 hour structured examination
  • NEW - Multi- drug Resistant Tuberculosis (Compulsory; 15 credits) assessed by a 1 hour structured examination
  • NEW - Risk factors and Risk Groups (Compulsory; 15 credits) assessed by a 90 minute MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) examination
  • NEW - Public Health (Elective; 15 credits) assessed by a 1 hour written examination (50%) and a piece of coursework (50%)
  • NEW - Research Methods in Tuberculosis (Elective; 15 credits) assessed by a piece of coursework (75%) and a short 30 minute examination (25%)

Entry requirements

  1. A medical degree OR a nursing degree
    For those with Nursing degrees, normal entry requirement is a UK upper second class (2.1) Honours degree or the international equivalent PLUS two or more years experience working with Tuberculosis. Applicants holding a lower second class degree (2.2) are still encouraged to apply as applications are assessed holistically, and final decisions are based upon academic credentials, clinical experience, and motivation. 
  2. Personal statement explaining the reasons for applying for this PG Cert and what the candidate hopes to gain
  3. Clinical/academic letter of reference

International applicants
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

This distance learning course will be delivered using a variety of methods including: online lectures, videos and literature for each module, online seminars/tutorials (via Adobe Connect), interactive reading lists and journal papers, case studies, and self-directed learning. The distance learning platform also allows completion of summative assessments and promotes engaging online discussion forums. 

Download faculty staff biographies

Former Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Programme, Professor Mario Raviglione, discusses his involvement with Queen Mary’s world-first PGCert Tuberculosis, and why he thinks it’s so unique:

Professor Madhukar Pai, Director of McGill International TB Centre in Montreal, Canada, presents his lecture on quality of tuberculosis care as part of the PGCert Tuberculosis programme at Queen Mary:





Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £3,053

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £5,460

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

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:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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