London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

The course aims to provide training in the theoretical and practical aspects of the biology and control of disease vectors as well as the human pathogens that they transmit; introductory sessions cover all aspects of major vector'borne diseases and offer a thorough grounding in the systematics of medically important arthropods, the main processes regulating vector populations, and in the biology of vector'parasite and vector'vertebrate interactions; the James Busvine Memorial Medal and Prize, donated by Professor James Busvine in 1987, is awarded each year for outstanding performance; at the end of this course students are able to: demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the biology of vectors and intermediate hosts of human pathogens together with methods for their control; describe the biology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of parasitic infections in humans and relate these to human health and disease control strategies; demonstrate a range of specialised technical and analytical skills relevant to vectors and vector'borne diseases; design and carry out a research project on biology or control of disease vectors, analyse and interpret the results and prepare a report including a critical literature review; design, undertake and evaluate vector control interventions, and show written and verbal competence in communicating scientific information.

Course Modules

Core modules include: analysis and design of research studies; parasitology and entomology; epidemiology and control of malaria; vector sampling, identification and incrimination; integrated vector management. Optional modules include: advanced diagnostic parasitology; design and analysis of epidemiological studies; statistical methods in epidemiology; statistical methods in epidemiology; advanced training in molecular biology; vector biology and vector'parasite interactions; epidemiology and control of communicable diseases; molecular biology research progress and applications; population dynamics and projections.

Course Additional Entry

1st or 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; an interest in medical entomology, public health and disease control is preferred.

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