M.Sc. Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning) (online)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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.

Description of Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning)

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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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 30 June
Tuition fee

MSc - £11,650

Not specified
Start date October  2015
Credits 180

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
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Structure Self-paced
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

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.

Course structure

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.

The Masters 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
  • IDM210 Water & Sanitation
  • IDM212 Diagnostic Methods
  • IDM213 Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
  • IDM301 Epidemiology & Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
  • IDM501 HIV/AIDS
  • IDM502 Tuberculosis
  • IDM503 Malaria
  • IDM600 Project Report
  • IDM601 Research Design, Management & Analysis
  • IDM602 Research in Practice: from the Field to the Laboratory

PHM2 elective modules

  • PHM201 Analytical Models for Decision Making
  • PHM202 Communicable Disease Control
  • PHM207 Health Care Evaluation
  • PHM211 Medical Anthropology in Public Health
  • PHM213 Principles & Practice of Health Promotion

Project Report

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

Combining DL studies with studies at the School - 'blended learning' study

After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at LSHTM in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at the School, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all DL students in July each year. The fee for attending the School's in-house modules is payable directly to LSHTM, not to the University of London International Programmes, and is in addition to the distance learning course fees.

English Language Requirements

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7
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
600
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)
100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning)

One of the following:

  • A first or second-class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university of other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course.
  • An appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years' relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis.

Other

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

Computer Requirements

Online access and general computer requirements:

As one of our students, you need to have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the Virtual Learning Environment, and accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need to have access to appropriate software, for example, a PDF reader and suitable hardware capacity on your computer e.g. for document storage. Additional requirements include that you have JavaScript and cookies enabled to access particular online systems such as the Student Portal.

Supported Browsers include:

  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 5+
  • Chrome 13+

Screen resolution (recommended)

  • 1024 x 768 or greater

Work Experience for Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning)

No work experience is required.

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