Which degree modules for infectious diseases

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I’m interested in infectious diseases and am considering doing a degree microbiology, biochemistry or biomedical science, however looking into the courses it is hard to know what kind of modules are relevant to infectious diseases?
Anyone have any advice on which degree and what modules I should be looking at?
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What are your career goals? Do you want to be researcher/professor, lab technician, infectious diseases doctor/researcher?

From the options you've given, you can probably find your way into infectious diseases (ID) through any of them (biochem probably least directly related). For biomed, you'll probably have a generalist intro to medical science which I guess is good. You can choose ID modules early on (depends on university though) and then be a bit more specialised in your final year project + modules. Microbiology is good too but I don't know much about it.

If you are wanting to be in a hospital/be a ID consultant doctor, you'll have to do medicine (now or after your e.g. biochem/micro degree).

The best thing to do might be to call/email universities you're interested in for advice - or even better, if there is a job you'd like to do in the future, find that person's email and contact them directly for advice - *do not* be shy with this, it's often more useful than you might expect (you can contact multiple people too).
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What are your career goals? Do you want to be researcher/professor, lab technician, infectious diseases doctor/researcher?
Thanks for the reply. I want to research cures for infectious diseases. Not really keen on working with patients so I guess a lab setting would be best.
I’m kinda stuck between biomed and microbiology I think. At different universities both courses have relevant modules. Then I thought maybe I should try to do biomed at an IBMS accredited university.

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I would check the accredited stuff because I think most of the good unis aren't accredited, so not sure that it's that important. Go on to oxbridge/UCL/imperial/london school of tropical medicine and search for infectious disease researchers and write them an email (- draft a generic email and bcc all of them). People only respond to you when you ask them directly (same concept as a whatsapp group chat vs pm)
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