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Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Key facts

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TypesOnline and Distance Learning
Oxford Qualification - Part-time
Professional Development
DatesMon 1 Sep 2014 to Fri 30 Sep 2016
Subject area(s)Health
FeesPlease see payment section for more information
Application statusClosed to new applications
Application deadlineFri 06 June 2014
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email pid@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 286946.


Our Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, directed by Professor Andrew Pollard of Oxford University Department of Paediatrics, is designed to provide a variety of different teaching methods (face-to-face and online) directing students through the syllabus required in the EU for clinical training in the subspecialty. The Programme will also be appropriate for those outside the EU.


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The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases is supported by the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID), the Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA), and the IIC Course: Oxford.

Worldwide, two thirds of the deaths in children under five years of age are caused by infectious diseases, and the prevention and treatment of infections in children is the number one priority for global health. Reflecting this imperative, we recognise that investment in research and intervention programmes related to leading causes of childhood morbidity and mortality, including acute respiratory infections, measles, infectious diarrhoea, malaria, HIV, and TB is vitally important. We believe that professionally-oriented education in paediatric infectious diseases is essential in the training of clinicians and clinical academics who will provide the future leadership in this key area for global health.

The Postgraduate Diploma also places the practice of paediatric infectious diseases in the broader context of applied sciences, such as pathogenesis, population biology and epidemiology. The Programme focuses on clinical (applied) aspects, underpinned by basic science to provide both breadth and depth.

Programme details

Download the Course Structure PDF document.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases is a part-time two-year programme taught via a blend of online and residential components.


  • Infectious Syndromes
  • Therapeutics and Infection Control
  • Epidemiology, Immunity and Immunization
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Important Viral Infections and Prions
  • Imported and Tropical Diseases and Mycobacterial Infection
  • Congenital and Neonatal Infection, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Parasitic Disease
  • The Immunocompromised Host
  • Fungal Infection


The 2014 Paediatric Infectious Diseases Programme starts in September 2014. The next PENTA-ESPID HIV course online component beings in May 2014, with the residential component taking place in October 2014. The Infection and Immunity in Children: Oxford residential course takes place in June/July each year.

The Postgraduate Diploma is normally completed within two years.

The following course components can be taken before applying for the Postgraduate Diploma and if successfully completed and if taken within two years of starting the Postgraduate Diploma, then these elements of the Programme requirements will normally be dispensed: The Infection and Immunity in Children course, which runs each summer in Oxford, and the PENTA-ESPID online and residential HIV course. For example, the online PENTA-ESPID paediatric HIV Medicine course starts in May each year culminating in the residential course in October. Whether undertaken before registration for the Postgraduate Diploma or within the two-year duration of the Postgraduate Diploma, all components must be completed in order to satisfy the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma. See the course structure above for further details.

Selection criteria

There may be specific subject requirements for your course, so do check the selection criteria below. These will be used by the University in assessing your application.

Read full selection criteria


Prof Andrew Pollard

Role: Director

Professor Andrew Pollard (BSc, MBBS, PhD London, FRCPCH) is the academic lead for the Postgraduate Diploma. He is Professor of Paediatric Infection...more

Professor Christoph Aebi

Role: Tutor

Christoph Aebi is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and Head of the Pediatric...more

Dr Jay Berkley

Role: Tutor

Dr Jay Berkley is based at the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medicine Research - Coast and Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya. Dr...more

Professor Andrew Cant

Role: Tutor

Professor Cant has served on the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) education and training committees since 1999,...more

Dr Julia Clark

Role: Tutor

Julia is a consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. She moved there in Jan 2012 from...more

Professor Nigel Curtis

Role: Tutor

Nigel Curtis, FRCPCH PhD, is Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne; Head of the Paediatric Infectious Diseases...more

Dr Graham Davies

Role: Tutor

Dr Graham Davies is a Consultant Paediatric Immunologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and an Honorary Reader at the Molecular Immunology Unit,...more

Professor Ronald de Groot

Role: Tutor

Ronald de Groot studied medicine in Rotterdam, followed by a residency in Gynecology/Obstetrics and Surgery as a preparation for a period as Senior...more

Professor Simon Dobson

Role: Tutor

Simon Dobson is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and an attending physician in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at...more

Dr Susanna Esposito

Role: Tutor

Professor Susanna Esposito is based at the Paediatric Department of the Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena,...more

Dr Saul Faust

Role: Tutor

Saul N Faust is Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology and Director of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at the...more

Professor Adam Finn

Role: Tutor

Adam Finn works at the University of Bristol and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. He leads the South West Regional Clinical Service for...more

Professor Carlo Giaquinto

Role: Tutor

Dr Carlo Giaquinto is based in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Padua where he is an Adjunct Professor, teaching medical students...more

Dr Paul Heath

Role: Tutor

Paul Heath is a Reader / Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St George's, University of London and Vaccine Institute in London....more

Dr Dominic Kelly

Role: Tutor

Dr. Kelly is a BRC funded consultant in paediatrics and vaccinology. He divides his time between working in general paediatrics and paediatric...more

Professor Simon Kroll

Role: Tutor

Professor Simon Kroll (FMedSci, FRCP, FRCPCH) is Professor of Paediatrics and Molecular Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London and Honorary...more

Dr Hermione Lyall

Role: Tutor

Dr Hermione Lyall is Honorary Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London. She is Chair of the Children’s HIV Association...more

Professor Jussi Mertsola

Role: Tutor

Jussi Mertsola has worked as a Professor of Paediatrics at the Turku University Hospital, Finland, since 2001. He made his medical thesis in 1985...more

Professor Richard Moxon

Role: Tutor

Richard Moxon is Action Research Professor of Paediatrics in the Medical Sciences Division and a Professorial Fellow of Jesus College at the...more

Dr Stéphane Paulus

Role: Tutor

Stéphane Paulus is a consultant in Infectious Diseases & Immunology at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, UK and Honorary Senior lecturer...more

Dr Andrew Prendergast

Role: Tutor

Dr Andrew Prendergast is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infection and Immunity at Queen Mary, University of London. He trained in paediatric...more

Dr Andrew Riordan

Role: Tutor

Andrew is a consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and an Honorary Lecturer at the...more

Dr Shelley Segal

Role: Tutor

Shelley Segal is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Children's Hospital in Oxford. She has a subspeciality interest in Infectious disease and...more

Dr Fiona Shackley

Role: Tutor

Dr Fiona Shackley is a Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in immunology and infectious diseases, at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. She has...more

Professor Mike Sharland

Role: Tutor

Professor Mike Sharland is the Lead Consultant Paediatrician at St George’s Hospital and Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St...more

Dr Delane Shingadia

Role: Tutor

Dr Delane Shingadia is a Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute...more

Dr Matthew Snape

Role: Tutor

Dr Matthew Snape is a consultant in General Paediatrics and Vaccinology at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS trust and an Honorary Senior Clinical...more

Professor Vytautas Usonis

Role: Tutor

Professor Vytautas Usonis has been Head of the Vilnius University Centre of Paediatrics since 2002. At Vilnius University, he is a leading professor...more

Course aims

Download the Course Brochure PDF document.

PID Brochure

The Programme will provide students with:

  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of paediatric infectious diseases, and of the way in which those principles have developed
  • An ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles the real world of paediatrics
  • Knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in the paediatric infectious diseases and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems
  • An understanding of the limits of your knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge

At the end of the Programme students will know and understand how to:

  • Use your broad knowledge of paediatric infectious disease in your practice and have learnt where to find the necessary resources when you have reached your limit of knowledge
  • Understand how to find evidence-based information to facilitate rational decision making in diagnosis and management of children with infection
  • Effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis about paediatric infection, in a variety of forms, to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Undertake further training, develop existing skills, and acquire new competences that will enable you to assume significant responsibility within organisations
  • Qualities and transferable skills necessary for your future career in paediatrics and infectious diseases

Assessment methods


Assessment is via "formative elements" (online case rounds and discussions and multiple choice sessions) and "summative elements" (including written assignments, an oral presentation and an examination).

Formative elements:

  • Online Case Rounds: at least seven ESPID case rounds over two years.
  • Online Case Discussions in paediatric HIV medicine (Tr@inforPedHIV): actively participate in one four-week session over two years.
  • Online multiple choice sessions: at least six sessions over two years.

Summative elements:

Written assignments:
Three written assignments of no more than 4000 words each over the course of two years.

Year 1: Oral presentation
A short oral presentation based on one of the written assignments.

Year 2: Examination
An examination consisting of multiple choice questions in paediatric infectious diseases.

IT requirements

This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system. In order to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.

Recommended reading

The core textbooks for the Programme are:

  • Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Eds: Long, S., Pickering, LK., and Prober, CG. 3rd Edition. 2008. Churchill Livingstone.
  • Evidence-Based Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Isaacs, D. 1st Edition. 2007. WileyBlackwell.

Teaching methods

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There are three main teaching elements to the Programme:

  • A two-year online course in Paediatric Infectious Diseases which covers the full syllabus outlined above with online tutor support and student discussion forums
  • Two residential courses in Oxford: Infection and Immunity in Children.
  • A PENTA_ESPID online course Training for Paediatric HIV in Europe (paediatric HIV medicine) followed by a PENTA_ESPID residential course in Rome: Training for Paediatric HIV in Europe (paediatric HIV medicine).


Rewley House Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms are rated 3-star, and come with free high-speed internet access and TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.


The fees for 2014/15 are:
  • Home/EU Student = £8,790 (£4,395 pa)
  • Overseas Students = £14,410 (£7,205 pa)
Note that these are the total fees, but all successful Home/EU applicants are awarded a bursary towards their attendance at the Oxford Residential Course and the PENTA-ESPID HIV course of £2,500 (£1,250 pa), which means that the fees we charge to Home/EU students are £6,290 (£3,145 pa). Students are then required to pay separately for attendance at the Oxford Residential Course and the PENTA-ESPID HIV course directly to those course organisers.

We also encourage students to become members of ESPID.

All fees are subject to change.


ESPID Bursary Application Form 2014 PDF document.

ESPID Bursaries

The ESPID Bursary has been created through a generous donation from ESPID (European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases), to help towards university fees for students from lower-resourced countries¹. ESPID exists to promote the exchange of information among people who have special experience in the field of paediatric infectious diseases (PID). The Society promotes research and training in PID.
Please download the ESPID Bursary Application Form for 2014/15 and submit by 8 August 2014.
¹ In accordance with the World Bank list of economies - November 2011 (www.worldbank.org)

Judith Hockaday Travel Bursaries

Students attending postgraduate medical courses who are normally resident in less developed countries may be eligible for a bursary to help with travel to and from Oxford.

Other sources of funding

Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.

Apply for this course

Applications for the Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases starting in September 2014 are now being accepted.

Applications for this course should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This website includes further information about this course and a guide to applying.

Early application for the programme is strongly advised. All applications must have been fully completed before the application deadline in order to be considered. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a telephone interview.

Applications will be considered at each of the following deadlines:

  • 25 April 2014
  • 6 June 2014
The final deadline for applications to reach us is by: 6 June 2014 .

If you would like to discuss the programme please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286946 - Email: pid@conted.ox.ac.uk

Contractual and financial information (important: please read before applying) PDF document.

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