Program overview
2 - 5 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2024

October 2025

October 2026

About this program

MSc in Infectious Diseases

This programme provides a broad understanding of infectious diseases through the core modules in public health, biostatistics and epidemiology, and the biology and control of infectious diseases which are taken by all students, together with the subsequent opportunities for specialised study in areas of the student’s own choice. 

The course draw upon LSHTM's long tradition in the study of clinical and epidemiological aspects of infectious and tropical diseases. Providing a broad understanding of infectious diseases, together with developing strategies for their control and treatment, the programme will be of particular relevance to in-service health professionals, such as doctors or laboratory staff who either wish to acquire new knowledge in infectious diseases or update their current expertise.

The programme is aimed both at recent graduates who wish to pursue an advanced degree, and at people who took their first training some time ago and wish to update their knowledge in this rapidly evolving field or who wish to change career direction.

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

A first or second class honours degree or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a scientific subject (e.g. biology, medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy) or in another scientific discipline which has, in the opinion of the University, included suitable preliminary training.

Applicants with an appropriate technical qualification and work experience will also be considered.

Qualifications from around the world are accepted; for further guidance please see University of London's qualifications for entrance. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of LSHTM on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content


  • MSc:9 modules (4 compulsory core + 5 elective modules) plus a project report OR 12 modules (4 compulsory core + 8 elective modules)

Module selection

Compulsory core modules (PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc)

  • Principles of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Principles of Biology
  • Biology of Infectious Diseases
  • Control of Infectious Diseases

Elective modules (PG Diploma and MSc)

Infectious Diseases elective modules (IDM):

  • Bacterial Infections
  • Nutrition & Infection
  • Parasitology
  • Viral Infections
  • Healthcare-Associated Infection
  • Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Epidemiology & Control of Infectious Diseases
  • HIV
  •  Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Project Report (MSc only)
  • Research Design, Management & Analysis

Public Health elective modules (PHM2):

  • Health Care Evaluation
  • Medical Anthropology in Public Health
  • Principles & Practice of Health Promotion
  • Applied Communicable Disease Control

(Note that restrictions and pre-requisites may apply to some of the modules above. Not all elective modules will be available every year).

Project report (MSc only)

All MSc students have the option to apply to undertake a project report (IDM600), which is equivalent to three module credits.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Career paths

Successful completion of the program may serve as preparation for students who wish to go on to take further study in the subject area.

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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. LSHTM has a unique range and...

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Why study at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

LSHTM is highly ranked in various university league tables, winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2021 in recognition of its response to COVID-19 and pandemic preparedness, as well as being #1 in the UK and #3 in the world for Public Health in the ShanghaiRankings (2021).

Teaching staff are all experts in their respective fields and continue as active researchers, bringing their wealth of experience and up-to-date knowledge directly into the lecture halls and seminar rooms. Many of the staff are well renowned, so students may find themselves being taught by figures they have read about in previous studies.

Contact info

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
United Kingdom

Phone no: +44 (0)20 7636 8636

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