Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning), M.Sc.

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Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning) course provides a broad understanding of infectious diseases and is of particular relevance to in-service health professionals such as doctors or laboratory staff. You will develop strategies for the control and treatment of infectious diseases, acquiring new knowledge and updating your current expertise.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE, DIPLOMA AND MASTERS BY DISTANCE LEARNING.

Who should apply?

This course provides a broad understanding of infectious diseases and is of particular relevance to in-service health professionals such as doctors or laboratory staff. You will develop strategies for the control and treatment of infectious diseases, acquiring new knowledge and updating your current expertise.

Course objectives

  • a comprehensive understanding of the role of biology of infective agents and hosts on the outcome of infection
  • the use of this knowledge, in combination with epidemiological and public health approaches, to develop rational strategies for the control and treatment of infection.

Support

  • a web-based learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing students to pose questions and engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)
  • personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments
  • communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or through learning support groups
  • access to resources within the LSHTM library

How you study

You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines), using the comprehensive study materials provided, with learning support from our academic staff.

We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. We therefore allow you between 1-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Certificate, and between 2-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc.

The study year runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, during which time tutorial support is available. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work throughout the summer.

Study materials

You receive your study materials after you register. Study materials may include Subject guides, Readers, Textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software, Past examination papers and Examiners’ reports, and Handbooks. You also have access to the school’s online library resources.

Programme Structure

Course structure
  • Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (4 compulsory core modules)
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (4 compulsory core plus 4 elective modules)
  • MSc: EITHER 12 modules (4 compulsory core plus and 8 elective) OR 9 modules (4 compulsory plus five elective) plus project report

The courses provide core training in infectious diseases. Students can choose to study an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate (core modules only) or individual modules. The last option is ideal if you wish to sample the degree or update your professional knowledge.

Module selection

Postgraduate Certificate

The Certificate comprises the 4 compulsory core modules, which are common to the Certificate, Diploma and MSc:

  • IDM101 Principles of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • IDM102 Principles of Biology
  • IDM103 Biology of Infectious Diseases
  • IDM104 Control of Infectious Diseases

After completion of the core modules, those registered for the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc must successfully pass a required number of elective modules to complete the award.

Postgraduate Diploma

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, students must choose 4 elective modules to complete the award; three of these must be from the IDM elective module list below.

Master's Degree (MSc)

To complete the MSc, students must choose 4 elective modules from the IDM elective list below. Another 4 further elective modules may then be chosen from either the IDM modules or from the PHM2 list below.

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

IDM elective modules

  • IDM201 Bacterial Infections
  • IDM202 Nutrition & Infection
  • IDM203 Parasitology
  • IDM204 Viral Infections
  • IDM205 Healthcare-Associated Infection
  • IDM213 Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
  • IDM215 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • IDM301 Epidemiology & Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
  • IDM501 HIV/AIDS
  • IDM502 Tuberculosis
  • IDM503 Malaria
  • IDM600 Project Report
  • IDM601 Research Design, Management & Analysis
  • PHM202 Communicable Disease Control
  • PHM207 Health Care Evaluation
  • PHM211 Medical Anthropology in Public Health
  • PHM213 Principles & Practice of Health Promotion

PHM2 elective modules

Project Report

Alternatively, with the permission of the Course Director, MSc students may choose to study five elective modules (three must be ID modules) and complete a project report (maximum 10,000 words) in their final year of study.

Credits awarded

Credits will be awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and (MSc only) the project (45 credits) successfully completed. To successfully pass an award the following credits must be gained:

  • Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits
  • Master's – 180 credits

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Credits will be awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and (MSc only) the project (45 credits) successfully completed. To successfully pass an award the following credits must be gained:

    • Postgraduate Certificate - 60 credits
    • Postgraduate Diploma - 120 credits
    • MSc - 180 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • Educational variant Part-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Structure
    Self-paced
  • Teacher support
    Continuous support with feedback on request

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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 the School's qualifications for entrance. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

English Language Requirements

You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed, within the past three years:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English when a minimum overall score of B or 190 is achieved;
  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the Written sub-test and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking; or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 68 or above, with a minimum of 68 in Writing and a minimum of 59 in Listening, Reading and Speaking
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 100 or above with at least 24 in Writing, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening

Computer Requirements

You must have regular access to a computer (or mobile device*) with an internet connection to use the University of London International Programmes website and the Student Portal. These are where your programme’s study resources are located. Through the Student Portal you can register as a student, enter exams and use your programme’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE provides you with electronic learning materials, access to the University of London Online Library, networking opportunities and other resources.

To get the most from your studies, your computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser (the latest version of Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer). This must accept cookies and have JavaScript enabled
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents of at least 2 MB

and the following applications installed:

  • word processor that reads Microsoft Word format (.doc)
  • Adobe, or other pdf reader

Some of the CD-ROMs and software provided for use with Epidemiology modules may not be fully compatible with Apple Mac computers.

*Full mobile access is not available for all programmes

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 12360 International
  • GBP 12360 National
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