London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

This course aims to provide advanced theoretical knowledge and practical training in the immunology of infectious diseases through a comprehensive range of teaching and research methods; it equips students with the range of specialised knowledge and skills in applying scientific concepts, evaluating scientific data and carrying out modern immunological techniques; this is facilitated by the unique mix of interests in immunology, molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, mycology and clinical medicine at the School; by the end of this course 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, and integrate and present key immunological concepts at an advanced level, both verbally and in written form.

Course Modules

Core modules include: Immunology of infectious diseases; analysis and design of research studies; advanced immunology 1; advanced immunology 2. Optional modules include: advanced training in molecular biology; basic parasitology; clinical immunology; clinical infectious diseases 3; extended project; clinical infectious diseases 4; epidemiology and control of communicable diseases; ethics, public health and human rights; extended project; genetic epidemiology; immunology of parasitic infection (principles); molecular biology research progress and applications; AIDS; antimicrobial chemotherapy; extended project; immunology of parasitic infection (practice); molecular cell biology and infection; mycology.

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