Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Key facts

Level: Postgraduate

Mode: Part-time

Duration: 2 years

Applications for September 2019 are now being accepted.

Application Deadlines:

Friday 25 January 2019, 12 noon

Friday 29 June 2019, 12 noon


Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

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.


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

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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. 

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
  • Viruses
  • Imported and Tropical Diseases and Mycobacterial Infection
  • Congenital and Neonatal Infection, Sexually Transmitted Disease, and Parasitic Disease
  • The Immunocompromised Host
  • Fungal Infection


The Paediatric Infectious Diseases Programme starts in September. The online component of the PENTA-ESPID HIV course usually begins each May, with the residential component taking place in October. 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 PENTA-ESPID HIV and Infection and Immunity in Children courses 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. 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.

Entry requirements

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

Course aims

Download the Course Brochure PDF document.

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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

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Assessment is via formative and summative elements.

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.

Teaching methods

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).


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.


Prof Jay Berkley

Role: Tutor

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


Professor Andrew Cant

Role: Tutor

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


Dr Julia Clark

Role: Tutor

Julia is a consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. 


Professor Nigel Curtis

Role: Tutor

Nigel Curtis, FRCPCH PhD, is Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne.


Professor Simon Dobson

Role: Tutor

Simon Dobson is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia.


Dr Susanna Esposito

Role: Tutor

Professor Susanna Esposito is based at the Paediatric Department of the Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico


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


Professor Adam Finn

Role: Tutor

Adam Finn works at the University of Bristol and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. 


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.


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.


Dr Dominic Kelly

Role: Deputy Director

Dr. Kelly is a BRC funded consultant in paediatrics and vaccinology. 


Professor Simon Kroll

Role: Tutor

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


Dr Hermione Lyall

Role: Tutor

Dr Hermione Lyall is Honorary Senior Lecturer at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London. 


Professor Jussi Mertsola

Role: Tutor

Jussi Mertsola has worked as a Professor of Paediatrics at the Turku University Hospital, Finland, since 2001.



Dr Stéphane Paulus

Role: Deputy Course Director

Stéphane is a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Oxford.


Dr Andrew Prendergast

Role: Tutor

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


Dr Andrew Riordan

Role: Tutor

Andrew is a consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital


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. 


Professor Mike Sharland

Role: Tutor

Professor Mike Sharland is the Lead Consultant Paediatrician at St George’s Hospital.


Dr Delane Shingadia

Role: Tutor

Dr Delane Shingadia is a Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Dr Matthew Snape

Role: Tutor

Dr Matthew Snape is a consultant in General Paediatrics and Vaccinology at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS trust. 


Prof Adilia Warris

Role: Tutor

Prof Adilia Warris is the Principle Investigator of the Aberdeen Fungal Group and an honorary consultant at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.

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.

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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.


Fees and funding


Please visit the Postgraduate Diploma in Paediatric Infectious Diseases page on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website for details of course fees and costs.

We also encourage students to become members of ESPID.

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.

¹ In accordance with the World Bank list of economies - November 2011 (

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

Apply for this course

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.


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

All the Department's Online Short Courses are developed by our Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) unit. To learn more, please see the TALL website.

Terms and conditions

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Sources of funding

Information on financial support