London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Infectious Diseases, MSc - PGDip - PGCert

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


The Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning) programme offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropial Medicine provides a broad understanding of infectious diseases through its core modules in biology, biostatistics, epidemiology and the control of infectious diseases, together with the subsequent opportunity for specialised study in areas of infectious diseases.

The programme will develop your academic and practical insight into the biology of infective agents and their interaction with the host. You will also be encouraged to develop a range of transferable and subject-specific expertise which will enable you to develop rational strategies for the control of infectious diseases.


The PG Certificate comprises the four core modules. The PG Diploma comprises the core modules plus four elective modules. The MSc consists of the core modules, plus either five elective modules and a project report or eight elective modules.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Biology of Infectious 
  • Diseases Control of Infectious 
  • Diseases Principles of Biology 
  • Principles of Biostatistics and Epidemiology


The programme is equally suited to recent graduates and established professionals who wish to bring their knowledge up-to-date, and to those wishing to change careers. 


Programme directors: Dr Patricia Gorak-Stolinska, Dr Jackie Cliff, Dr Anita Skinner 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      MSc - 2 to 5 years, PGDip - 2 to 5 years, PGCert - 1 to 5 years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
    • Postgraduate Certificate - 60 credits
    • Postgraduate Diploma - 120 credits
    • MSc - 180 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to the programme. Applicants with an appropriate technical qualification will also be considered.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • PG Certificate: £TBC 
  • PG Diploma: £TBC 
  • Master’s: £TBC
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