PG Diploma in Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning)

This course provides a broad understanding of infectious diseases and is of particular relevance to in-service health professionals such as doctors or laboratory staff. You will develop strategies for the control and treatment of infectious diseases, acquiring new knowledge and updating your current expertise.

Aims and Objectives

This course aims to develop:

  • a comprehensive understanding of the role of the biology of infective agents and hosts on the outcome of infection
  • the use of this knowledge, in combination with epidemiological and public health approaches, to develop rational strategies for the control and treatment of infection

Course Structure

The course begins with 4 compulsory modules:

  • Principles of Biostatics and Epidemiology
  • Principles of Biology
  • Biology of Infectious Diseases
  • Control of Infectious Diseases

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, 4 elective modules must be studied. At least 3 elective modules must be chosen from the following list:

Bacterial Infections; Nutrition & Infection; Parasitology; Viral Infections; Healthcare-Associated Infection; Water & Sanitation; Diagnostic Methods; Immunology of Infection and Vaccines; Epidemiology & Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries; HIV/AIDS; Tuberculosis; Malaria; Research Design, Management & Analysis; Research in Practice: from the Field to the Laboratory

The remaining elective module can be chosen either from the list above or from the following list:

Analytical Models for Decision Making; Communicable Disease Control; Health Care Evaluation; Medical Anthropology in Public Health; Principles & Practice of Health Promotion

Diploma students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of two of the advanced modules specified above in London at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine during the spring or summer terms in place of distance learning modules.

Course Duration

Each compulsory module will require 100-125 hours learning time. Each elective module will require 80-100 hours learning time.

Diploma students have a minimum of one and a maximum of five years to complete their qualification.

Academic Requirements

One of the following:

  • A first or second-class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course
  • An appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years' relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis

Students who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

Language Requirements

For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:

  • IELTS with an overall average of at least 7 with a minimum of 7 in written sub-test, or
  • TOEFL score of 600 (or 250 in the computerised test) and a minimum of 5 in the TWE, or
  • A British Council (IELTS) overall score of 7 or over with a minimum of 7 in the written sub-test, or
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 100 including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English taken within the last 3 years.

Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

Computer Requirements

As one of our students, you need to have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the Virtual Learning Environment, and accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need to have access to appropriate software, for example, a PDF reader and suitable hardware capacity on your computer e.g. for document storage. Additional requirements include that you have JavaScript and cookies enabled to access particular online systems such as the Student Portal.

Supported Browsers include:

  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 5+
  • Chrome 13+

Screen resolution (recommended)

1024 x 768 or greater

Program taught in:
  • English

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