|Application deadline:||No official deadline for application - Registration in September - students are to allow 6-8 weeks for processing.|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||September 2014, September 2015|
|Duration full-time:||12 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
|Educational variant:||Part-time, Full-time|
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This course aims to provide core training in the theoretical and practical aspects of medical parasitology, covering the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them, and equip students with specialised skills to enable them to pursue a career in research, control or teaching related to medical parasitology. Specialised study modules are chosen from a list of diverse topics.
Graduates enter a range of global health fields ranging from diagnostics through to applied basic research and operational control to higher degree studies and academic/teaching-related positions.
The Patrick Buxton Memorial Medal and Prize is awarded to the best student of the year. Founded by relatives of Patrick Alfred Buxton, Professor in Entomology, who died in 1955.
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.
* Split study fees are calculated pro rata for the periods of attendance only. For example, students who've chosen a Term 1 split date will be charged approximately 12 weeks fees (at the Year 1 fee rate) for their first year of study, and approximately 38 weeks fees (at the Year 2 full-time fee rate) for their second year of studies.
There is an initial two-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. This is followed by two compulsory modules; Parasitology & Entomology and Analysis & Design of Research Studies. Further recommended modules include Critical Skills for Tropical Medicine and Molecular Biology. 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.
Slot 1: Epidemiology & Control of Malaria; Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques; Advanced Immunology 1; Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
Slot 2: Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology; Advanced Immunology 2; Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies; Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
Slot 3: Advanced Training in Molecular Biology; Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination; Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health; Tropical Environmental Health
Slot 4: Immunology of Parasitic Infection; Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications; Vector Biology & Vector Parasite Interaction; Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases; Genetic Epidemiology
Slot 5: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Practice; Integrated Vector Management; Molecular Cell Biology & Infection; AIDS
Residential Field Trip
There is a compulsory one week field course, after the Term 3 examinations, on vector and parasite sampling and identification methods.
Students complete a research project. This may be based on a critical review of an approved topic, analysis of a collection of results or a laboratory study. 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.
By the end of this course students should be able to demonstrate:
* detailed knowledge and understanding of the biology, life cycles, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of parasitic infections in humans and their relevance for human health and control
* detailed knowledge and understanding of the biology and strategies for control of the vectors and intermediate hosts of human parasites
* carry out practical laboratory identification of parasite stages both free and in tissues and diagnose infections
* specialised skills in: advanced diagnostic, molecular, immunological, genetic, chemotherapeutic, ecological and/or control aspects of the subject
* the ability to design a laboratory or field-based research project, and apply relevant research skills
* prepare a written report including a critical literature review of relevant scientific publications, and show competence in communicating scientific findings
Programme specifications: A comprehensive summary of the key elements of the degree, including educational aims and intended learning outcomes, plus details on programme structure, assessment requirements, student support and more.
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.
* For the MSc Medical Parasitology an interest in parasites of public health importance and disease transmission is preferred.
* 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.
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