About this program
MSc Medical Parasitology
This program provides core training in the theoretical and practical aspects of medical parasitology, covering the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them. Students will gain specialised skills to enable them to pursue a career in research, control or teaching related to medical parasitology.
By the end of this program students should be able to demonstrate:
- demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the biology, life cycles, pathogenesis, diagnosis of parasitic infections in humans and their relevance for human health and strategies for control
- demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the biology and strategies for control of the vectors and intermediate hosts of human parasites
- carry out practical laboratory identification of the various parasite stages both free and in tissues and diagnose infections
- demonstrate specialised skills acquired through taking modules on: advanced diagnostic, molecular, immunological, genetic, chemotherapeutic, ecological and/or control aspects of the subject
- demonstrate the ability to design a laboratory or field based research project, apply relevant research skills, critically analyse and interpret data, and work with minimal supervision
- prepare a written report including a critical literature review of relevant scientific publications; and show competence in communicating scientific information and findings.
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 LSHTM, sessions on key computing and study skills and an introduction to major groups of pathogens, followed by two compulsory core modules:
- Parasitology & Entomology
- Analysis & Design of Research Studies
Recommended 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 modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Some modules can be taken only after consultation with the program Director.
- Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice* (formerly Epidemiology & Control of Malaria)
- Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques*
- Advanced Immunology 1
- Designing Disease Control programs in Developing Countries
- Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology*
- Advanced Immunology 2
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination*
- Advanced Training in Molecular Biology
- Spatial Epidemiology
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Health (formerly Tropical Environmental Health)
- Immunology of Parasitic Infection*
- Molecular Research in Infectious Diseases* (formerly Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications)
- Vector Biology & Vector-Parasite Interactions*
- Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
- Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*
- Integrated Vector Management*
- Cell Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions (formerly Molecular Cell Biology & Infection)*
- Neglected Tropical Diseases*
- Pathogen Genomics*
- Vaccine Immunology*
- HIV (formerly AIDS)
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.
Up to date information on tuition fees can be found on the LSHTM website.
Graduates from this program enter global health fields ranging from diagnostics through to applied basic research and operational control to higher degree studies and academic/teaching-related positions.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered after graduating:
Example job titles:
- Applied Research Analyst
- Assistant Professor
- Clinical Pharmacist
- Clinical Researcher
- Data Manager
- Microbiology Laboratory Technician
- Research Scientist
- Research Technician
- Scientific Officer
- Veterinary Parasitologist Housing Officer
- Vector Biologist
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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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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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