MSc in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Course details

The MSc in Paediatric Infectious Diseases is a one-year part-time programme, which follows on from the Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases.

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Programme overview

The MSc in PID will provide an essential step forward for those interested in continued training in the sub-specialty, and is an extension to the two-year Postgraduate Diploma in PID.

The MSc is intended to assess the students capacity to formulate research questions, select, design and manage a research project and write a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on the research project.

Students will belong to the Department for Continuing Education’s Graduate School, which specialises in providing a stimulating and enriching learning and research environment for all the Department's part-time graduate students, fostering intellectual and social interaction between graduates of different disciplines and professions.

Students may attend any of the regular series of University lectures and seminars in relevant disciplines, particularly those run by the Department of Paediatrics.

Assessment methods

Students on the MSc programme will undertake a research dissertation of not more than 15,000 words.

Oxford college affiliation

As a matriculated postgraduate degree student, you will become a member of one of the University’s famous interdisciplinary colleges, enabling you to encounter new perspectives in your field or learn more about many other different subjects from fellow college members.

The collegiate system makes studying at Oxford a truly special experience. Oxford colleges are small, intimate communities, where you could find yourself absorbed in fascinating conversations with students and academics from a variety of disciplines at college seminars, dinners, and informal occasions. 

To find out more about Oxford University colleges, please consult the University's Graduate Admissions website.

Entry requirements

Admission to the MSc is competitive and based on student performance during the Postgraduate Diploma. Students on the Postgraduate Diploma who wish to continue to the MSc will be invited to apply during the second year of the course. Students who have been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma will normally be eligible for admission to the MSc up to two years after completion.

Please visit the MSc in Paediatric Infectious Diseases page on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website for details of the selection criteria.

Fees and funding

MSc students are matriculated and are full members of the Collegiate University. Students will be charged College fees as well as University tuition fees. Please visit the MSc in Paediatric Infectious Diseases page on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website for details of course fees and costs.

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

When to apply

We strongly recommend that you apply by the January or March deadlines.  After the March deadline, the course will only stay open for that year's entry if places are still available. 

Remember that it can take a number of weeks to obtain all of the documents you need and prepare a competitive application. You should also allow your referees plenty of time to submit your references. We therefore recommend you apply as soon as possible.

How to apply

Applicants for the MSc must have completed or currently be studying for the Postgraduate Diploma in PID.

Current PGDip in PID students who are interested in applying for the MSc should contact the PID admin team for more details.

Applications for this course by PGDip alumni should be made via the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website. This website includes further information about this course and a guide to applying. The set of materials you should send with an application comprises:

  • a statement of purpose, including an outline proposal for a research study
  • a CV/résumé
  • three academic and/or professional references
  • official transcripts detailing your university-level qualifications and marks to date.

Early application for the programme is advised. All applications must have been fully completed before the application deadline in order to be considered.

If you would like to discuss the programme please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 286946 - Email:


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 4-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.