M.Sc. Immunology of Infectious Diseases

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP20450 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP8700 per Year (National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | London, United Kingdom
The Ms in Immunology of Infectious Diseases programme offered by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine combines theoretical knowledge and practical training in the immunology of infectious diseases through comprehensive teaching and research methods.
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Students will gain specialised skills in applying scientific concepts, evaluating scientific data and carrying out modern immunological techniques. Students will benefit from the unique mix of immunology, vaccinology, 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 11th August for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa , 29th August for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa
Tuition fee
  • GBP 20450 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP 8700 per year (National

    Tuition fee for the domestic students.

  • Part-time tuition fees: EEA: £4,350; International: £10,225
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

There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at the School, sessions on key computing and study skills and an introduction to major groups of pathogens, followed by two compulsory modules:

  • Immunology of Infectious Diseases
  • Analysis & Design of Research Studies
Sessions on basic computing, molecular biology and statistics are run throughout the term for all students.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.

*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

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project on an immunological subject, for submission by early September. 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

CAE score
190(Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
  • a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above 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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