London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

This course aims to provide a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of medical microbiology including the spread of micro'organisms, disease causation, diagnosis and/or treatment of pathogens of major significance to public health and advanced practical training in this diverse field; by the end of the course students should be able to: demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi and basic criteria used in the classification/taxonomy of these micro'organisms; explain the modes of transmission and the growth cycles of pathogenic micro'organisms; explain the modes of transmission and the growth cycles of pathogenic micro'organisms; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the outcomes of infections; distinguish between and critically assess the classical and modern approaches to the development of therapeutic agents and vaccines for the prevention of human microbial diseases; demonstrate knowledge of the laboratory diagnosis of microbial diseases and practical skills; carry out a range of advanced skills and laboratory techniques, including the purification of isolated microbial pathogens, study of microbial growth cycles and analyses of their proteins and nucleic acids for downstream applications, and demonstrate research skills.

Course Modules

Core modules include: bacteriology and virology; analysis and design of research. Optional modules include: molecular biology; clinical virology; molecular biology and recombinant techniques; clinical bacteriology; molecular virology; advanced training in molecular biology; basic parasitology; clinical bacteriology 2; molecular biology research progress and applications; antimicrobial chemotherapy; molecular cell biology and infection; mycology; pathogen genomics.

Course Additional Entry

Either a 2nd class Honours degree of a recognised UK university; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme; applicants with an appropriate technical qualification are also welcomed; applicants without these entry requirements but with relevant professional experience may be eligible for admission.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £20,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £8,700  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £9,725  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,150  Academic year. First year home fees