MSc Immunology of Infectious DiseasesLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases
This program combines theoretical knowledge and practical training in the immunology of infectious diseases through comprehensive teaching and research methods. Students will gain specialised skills in applying scientific concepts, evaluating scientific data and carrying out modern immunological techniques. Students will benefit from the unique mix of immunology, vaccinology, molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, mycology and clinical medicine at LSHTM.
Infectious diseases represent an increasingly important cause of human morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Vaccine development is thus of great importance in terms of global health. In parallel with this growth, there has been a dramatic increase in studies to identify the innate, humoral or cellular immunological mechanisms which confer immunity to pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. As a result, increasing numbers of scientists, clinicians and veterinarians wish to develop their knowledge and skills in these areas.
The flexible nature of the program allows students to focus on attaining a broader understanding of infectious disease through attending taught units. Students can also undertake an extended research project within groups led by experienced team leaders. Such projects can involve basic investigations of immune mechanisms or applied field based studies.
By the end of this program students should be able to:
- demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of host immunity to infection against the diverse range of pathogens which confront human populations
- apply this specialist knowledge to a range of practical skills and techniques, in particular modern molecular and cellular techniques for assessing immune responses to pathogens
- critically assess, select and apply appropriate research methods to investigate basic immunological mechanisms and applied issues in the immunology of infection
- critically evaluate primary scientific data and the published scientific literature
- integrate and present key immunological concepts at an advanced level, both verbally and in written form
The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's program is at least one of the following:
- a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
- a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.
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There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at the School, sessions on key computing and study skills and an introduction to major groups of pathogens, followed by two compulsory modules:
- Immunology of Infectious Diseases
- Analysis & Design of Research Studies
Optional module: Molecular Biology
Sessions on basic computing, molecular biology and statistics are run throughout the term for all students.
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the program Director.
- Advanced Immunology 1 (compulsory)
- Advanced Immunology 2 (compulsory)
- Advanced Training in Molecular Biology*
- Immunology of Clinical Diseases*
- Extended Project*
- Basic Parasitology
- Extended Project*
- Immunology of Parasitic Infection*
- Molecular Research in Infectious Diseases* (formerly Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications)
- Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
- Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
- HIV (formerly AIDS)*
- Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*
- Extended Project*
- Cell Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions (formerly Molecular Cell Biology & Infection)*
- Vaccine Immunology*
- Neglected Tropical Diseases*
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.
Full-Time Tuition fees
- UK: £12,650
- EU/Overseas: £27,050
Part-Time Tuition fees
- UK: £6,325
- EU/Overseas: £13,525
Graduates from this program go into research positions in academia and industry, and further training such as PhD study.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
Example job titles:
- Biomedical Scientist
- Education Officer
- Healthcare Scientist
- Junior Immunologist
- Laboratory Assistant
- Medical Copy Writer
- Research Assistant
- Research Funding Officer
- Science Teaching Assistant
Charlotte shares her experience of studying the MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases at LSHTM.
About this institute
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Established in 1899, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is dedicated to improving health worldwide through training the next generation of health leaders to address major public and global health challenges. This year, LSHTM celebrates 120 years...
Why study at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
LSHTM is highly ranked in various university league tables:
- #1 in Europe for research impact in sciences by CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019
- #3 in the world for Public Health in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020
- #4 in the world for Infectious Diseases in US News Best Global Universities Subject Ranking 2021
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