M.Sc. Medical Parasitology

  • 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
This Medical Parasitology course from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 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.
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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.

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

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.

  • Prt-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 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, followed by three compulsory core modules:

  • Parasitology & Entomology
  • Analysis & Design of Research Studies
  • Critical Skills for Tropical Medicine

Recommended module: 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.). Some modules can be taken only after consultation with the Course Director.

*Recommended modules

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 & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies;
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Slot 3:

  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination*;
  • Advanced Training in Molecular Biology;
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health;
  • Tropical Environmental Health

Slot 4:

  • Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles*;
  • Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications*;
  • Vector Biology & Vector Parasite Interactions*;
  • Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases;
  • Genetic Epidemiology

Slot 5:

  • Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*;
  • 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.

Project Report

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

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.

An additional preferred requirement for the MSc Parasitology is an interest in parasites of public health importance and disease transmission.

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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