Immunology of Infectious Diseases, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • 21500
    Tuition (Year)
    9150
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
    Language
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

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.

The flexible nature of the Immunology of Infectious Diseases course from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 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.

By the end of this course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of host immunity to infection against the diverse range of pathogens which confront human populations
  • apply this specialist knowledge to a range of practical skills and techniques, in particular modern molecular and cellular techniques for assessing immune responses to pathogens
  • critically assess, select and apply appropriate research methods to investigate basic immunological mechanisms and applied issues in the immunology of infection
  • critically evaluate primary scientific data and the published scientific literature
  • integrate and present key immunological concepts at an advanced level, both verbally and in written form

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months
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Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 21500 International
  • GBP 9150 EEA
  • Part-time tuition fees: EEA: £4,575; International: £10,750
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