Oxford Vaccine Group is an independent multidisciplinary paediatric clinical trials and epidemiology group based at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine (CCVTM) in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford. OVG works towards the goal of developing new and improved vaccines for the prevention of infection in children, enhancing the understanding of immunity and studying the epidemiology of infectious diseases. The current Director of OVG is Professor Sir Andrew J Pollard.



Anyone interested in the field of PID can become an ESPID member. Applications should be made online and new members’ applications are normally processed within 1 month.  Membership is per calendar year. Applications can be made by completing and submitting the online form at ESPID members are entitled to the following benefits: 

  • Free annual subscription to PIDJ
  • Reduced registration fees for ESPID Annual meetings
  • ESPID fellowship and awards
  • Facilitated participation in a number of prestigious scientific courses



The British Paediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Group is an affiliated speciality group of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Members of the BPAIIG are actively involved in the clinical care of children, and research and development of new methods of investigation and treatment of allergic, immune and infectious conditions. Research presentations by trainees are an important part of the Spring and Autumn meetings. Encouraging trainees to proceed in this field is a crucial function of the group.

Establishment of the annual ESPID-Oxford Course, Infection and Immunity in Children in 2003 under the auspices of BPAIIG and the European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID), has complemented the BPAIIG rolling training programme.


PGCert, PGDip and MSc in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Oxford

This University of Oxford courses have been designed to provide comprehensive, in-depth training and excellence in paediatric infectious diseases in Europe. Please check out the landing page HERE.

Students on the PGCert and PGDip in PID courses are expected to attend IIC each year on-course as part of the mandatory formative requirements.  

PGCert in PID

The new Postgraduate Certificate offers a one-year alternative to the two-year PGDip. It is aimed at general paediatricians or other paediatric specialists (i.e. ED, PICU) who have a special interest in infectious diseases. This part-time course closely follows the first year of the PGDip and comprises of a blend of online and residential components.

PGDip in PID 

Taught via a blend of online and residential components, this two-year part-time course provides an in-depth understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of paediatric infection. It also places the practice of paediatric infectious diseases in the broader context of applied sciences, such as pathogenesis, population biology and epidemiology

MSc in PID

The MSc can be taken part-time over one year as an extension to the Postgraduate Diploma. It is for those who wish to broaden their knowledge about paediatric infection and develop research skills in the subspecialty. It involves a research project of between eight and fourteen weeks and a dissertation based upon this. The research can be carried out in Oxford or locally, making the programme suitable for overseas as well as UK residents. MSc students become matriculated members of an Oxford college, and so benefit from additional academic, pastoral and social support.

**Applications for entry September 2024 will open in January 2024**