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This course aims to provide a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of medical microbiology including the spread of micro-organisms, disease causation, diagnosis and/or treatment of pathogens of major significance to public health and advanced practical training in this diverse field. The increasing incidence of microbial infections worldwide is being compounded by the rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and opportunistic infections by other organisms.

Students wishing to be awarded the MSc degree in Medical Microbiology may take any of the modules shown below. In response to a high level of student interest in viral infections, LSHTM has decided to offer the opportunity for students who focus on viruses in their module and project choices to be awarded an MSc degree in Medical Microbiology (Virology). This choice will depend on the module selection of the individual student in Terms 2 and 3 and choice of project.

Graduates from this course move into global health careers related to medical microbiology in research or medical establishments and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Bo Drasar Prize is awarded annually for outstanding performance by a Medical Microbiology student. This prize is named after Professor Bohumil Drasar, the founder of the MSc Medical Microbiology course.

The Tsiquaye Prize is awarded annually for the best virology-based project report.

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, then undertake the remainder of the 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

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

Term 1 begins with an initial one-week orientation period for all students. During this time students are introduced to the School and members of staff, given time to settle into London and to meet the other students on their course. There is an introduction to the MSc course and studying at the Scool, plus sessions on key computing and study skills.

The Term 1 Module for the MSc Medical Microbiology consists of two compulsory modules: Bacteriology & Virology and Analysis & Design of Research . A further optional module is Molecular Biology. There is a separate assessment at the end of each Core Module, which both take the form of a practical examination and Multiple Choice Question test. 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 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.

Term 2 choices

Slot 1: Clinical Virology; Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques

Slot 2: Clinical Bacteriology 1; Molecular Virology

Slot 3: Advanced Training in Molecular Biology; Basic Parasitology

Slot 4: Clincal Bacteriology 2; Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications

Term 3 choices

Slot 5: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Molecular Cell Biology & Infection; Mycology; Pathogen Genomics

Project Report

Students complete a laboratory-based original research project on an aspect of a relevant organism. Projects may take place within the School or with collaborating scientists in other colleges or institutes in the UK or overseas.

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

Titles of some of the recent summer projects completed by students on this MSc.

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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Course Accreditation

The Royal College of Pathologists accepts the course as part of the professional experience of both medical and non-medical candidates applying for membership. The course places particular emphasis on practical aspects of the subjects most relevant to current clinical laboratory practice and research.

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