Biomedical sciences involves the study of the processes behind human health and disease and developments in the field drive and guide improvements in medical practice. Infectious disease is a major challenge to society in the developed and developing worlds. The infectious diseases programme investigates the microorganisms that can cause disease in humans and animals and how a host responds to infection. It brings together the study of bacteriology, virology, immunology and molecular biology. You will study the interaction between microorganisms and their hosts, the processes of infection and how microbes cause disease. This knowledge can then be applied to the development of prevention and therapeutic strategies such as antibiotics, antiviral agents and vaccines. Some of the UK's leading biomedical research is carried out in Edinburgh and you will have the opportunity to undertake project work with our expert research groups. We offer a flexible programme structure and access to top-rated teaching and research expertise, alongside a commitment to providing an excellent teaching and learning environment. Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences is part of the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, established in 1726 and internationally renowned for its research and teaching.