University of Glasgow: Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Study type Taught


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is arguably the world’s greatest health challenge. It threatens our ability to control many infectious diseases of humans and animals, both in the developed world, middle and lower income countries, impacting not just health and welfare, but also our food production systems. The epidemiology of infectious diseases is key to tackling antimicrobial resistance. This programme will equip students with a broad skill set in epidemiology of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance by combining training in epidemiological investigations, quantitative methods, laboratory-based approaches, bioinformatic tools, alongside the global ethical and legal contexts.

September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**


This is a unique programme combining training in the epidemiology of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance that will provide students with multi-disciplinary skills needed to address these global public and veterinary health challenges from biomedical, social or policy perspectives.

The close interdisciplinary efforts of the Institute are further evidenced by the establishment of a new research hub, the OHRBID laboratory (“One Health Research in Bacterial Infectious Diseases”), providing hands-on experience and training in the identification of genetic and genomic mechanisms underlying AMR.

This programme will equip students with an exceptionally broad knowledge base and a suite of skills in infectious disease epidemiology and AMR – epidemiological and ecological modelling, statistical analyses, epidemiological study design, mitigation strategies, genetic aspects of AMR, genomics data analysis, and ethical and legal issues.

The Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine will deliver this programme, comprised of leading experts in the field of epidemiology of infectious diseases, including molecular and field epidemiologists, as well as statisticians, mathematical modellers and microbiologists, who will provide a One Health context relevant to developed as well as lower and middle income countries.


**Core and optional courses:**
- Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases is a 180-credit taught programme comprising of a combination of compulsory and optional courses.

**Compulsory courses in Semester 1 (total 60 credits):**
- Key Research Skills

- Core skills in epidemiology of infectious disease

**Compulsory and Optional Courses in semester 2 (total 60 credits) selected from 10-credit courses:**
- Epidemiological aspects of AMR*

- Genetic and genomic aspects of AMR*

- Animal Welfare Science, Ethical and Legal (AWSEL) aspects of AMR*

- Diagnostic Technologies and Devices

- Programming in R

- Molecular Epidemiology and Phylodynamics

- Single Species Models

- Infectious Diseases Ecology and the Dynamics of Emerging Diseases

- Multi Species Models

- Introduction to Bayesian Statistics

- Biodiversity Informatics

- Molecular Analyses for Biodiversity Conservation

Note: * required for graduating with MSC in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

- Independent project in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance (60 credits)

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

After completing the MSc in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance students will be equipped to progress academically to PhD level or to pursue a career outside academia.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


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