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University of Glasgow: Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Study type Taught


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.

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • 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.
  • Close interdisciplinary efforts of the School 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.
  • Equips 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.
  • 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.

This programme is part of the IPhD programme. Find out more.

Core and optional courses:

This 180-credit taught programme comprises of a combination of compulsory and optional courses.

Term 1 core courses:

  • [[[BIOL5326]]]
  • [[[BIOL5126]]]

Term 2 core courses:

  • [[[BIOL5327]]]
  • [[[VETSCI5024]]]
  • [[[VETSCI5022]]]

Term 2 optional courses:

  • [[[BIOL5132]]]
  • [[[BIOL5130]]]
  • [[[BIOL5123]]]
  • [[[BIOL5124]]]
  • [[[BIOL5119]]]
  • [[[BIOL5131]]]
  • [[[BIOL5135]]]

Term 3 core MSc component:

  • [[[VETSCI5023P]]]

Students will be equipped to progress academically to PhD level or to pursue a career outside academia, for example in:

  • Devolved or international governments
  • Food and Agricultural Organization
  • Health Protection Scotland
  • Industry
  • National and international health boards
  • National Health Service
  • National Institutes for Health
  • Policy and regulatory bodies
  • Public Health England
  • World Health Organization
  • World Organisation for Animal Health
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Also be suitable for broadening the range of knowledge of health professionals such as:

  • Clinicians
  • Epidemiologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Quantitative scientists such as mathematicians or physicists
  • Veterinarians


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. 


The University:

  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …
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