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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. Infectious diseases represent an increasingly important cause of human morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Vaccine development is thus of great importance in terms of global health. In parallel with this growth, there has been a dramatic increase in studies to identify the innate, humoral or cellular immunological mechanisms which confer immunity to pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. As a result, increasing numbers of scientists, clinicians and veterinarians wish to develop their knowledge and skills in these areas.

The flexible nature of the course allows students to focus on attaining a broader understanding of infectious disease through attending taught units. Students can also undertake an extended research project within groups led by experienced team leaders. Such projects can involve basic investigations of immune mechanisms or applied field based studies.

Graduates from this course go into research positions in academia and industry, and further training such as PhD study.

Course Duration

Full-time for one year or split study over two years. Students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Early application is encouraged
Tuition fee
  • GBP 19450 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 8300 Year (EEA)

Home (2014/15 fees) Full time £8,300 Split Study £4,150 Overseas (2014/15 fees) Full time £19,450 Split Study £9,725 Field Trip (2014/15 fee) £500

Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Term 1

An initial one-week orientation period includes sessions on key computing and study skills and an introduction to major groups of pathogens. This is followed by two compulsory modules; Immunology of Infectious Diseases and Analysis & Design of Research Studies. Sessions on basic computing, molecular biology and statistics are run.

Terms 2 and 3

All students attend a five-week advanced immunology course in Term 2 based on current research literature. Students taking the extended project option start their project after completion of Advanced Immunology. Students taking the taught option attend a total of four further study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Available modules are shown below. Some modules can be taken only after consultation with the Course Director. Compulsory modules are shown in italics.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1: Advanced Immunology 1

Slot 2: Advanced Immunology 2

Slot 3: Advanced Training in Molecular Biology*; Clinical Immunology*; Extended Project*; Basic Parasitology; Clinical Infectious Diseases 3: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries

Slot 4: Extended Project*; Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles*; Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications*; Clinical Infectious Diseases 4: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine; Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases; Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights; Genetic Epidemiology

Slot 5: AIDS*; Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*; Extended Project*; Molecular Cell Biology & Infection*; Mycology*

Residential Field Trip

Towards the end of Term 1, students get the opportunity to hear about the latest, most exciting aspects of immunological research at the British Society of Immunology Congress.

Project Report

Students complete a research project on an immunological subject. Some of these projects may take place with collaborating scientists overseas or in other colleges or institutes in the UK. Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved.

The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from the School's trust funds set up for this purpose.

English Language Requirements

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Applicants must normally satisfy LSHTMs general entrance requirements and additional programme specific entrance requirements to be considered for admission. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the procedures and deadlines given in the web-based or printed prospectus.

  • The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration is at least a second-class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
  • Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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