POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE, DIPLOMA AND MASTERS BY DISTANCE LEARNING.
Who should apply?
This course provides a broad understanding of infectious diseases and is of particular relevance to in-service health professionals such as doctors or laboratory staff. You will develop strategies for the control and treatment of infectious diseases, acquiring new knowledge and updating your current expertise.
- a comprehensive understanding of the role of biology of infective agents and hosts on the outcome of infection
- the use of this knowledge, in combination with epidemiological and public health approaches, to develop rational strategies for the control and treatment of infection.
- a web-based learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing students to pose questions and engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)
- personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments
- communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or through learning support groups
- access to resources within the LSHTM library
|Number of modules||Course Duration||Cost (2015/16)|
|MSc||12 modules OR 9 modules plus a project report||2-5 years||£11,770|
|Postgraduate Diploma||8 modules||2-5 years||£9,300|
|Postgraduate Certificate||4 modules||1-5 years||£6,850|
|Individual modules||Studying individual modules is an ideal option if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme. The fee is £1,710 per module.|
- Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (4 compulsory core modules)
- Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (4 compulsory core plus 4 elective modules)
- MSc: EITHER 12 modules (4 compulsory core plus and 8 elective) OR 9 modules (4 compulsory plus five elective) plus project report
The courses provide core training in infectious diseases. Students can choose to study an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate (core modules only) or individual modules. The last option is ideal if you wish to sample the degree or update your professional knowledge.
The Certificate comprises the 4 compulsory core modules, which are common to the Certificate, Diploma and MSc:
- IDM101 Principles of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
- IDM102 Principles of Biology
- IDM103 Biology of Infectious Diseases
- IDM104 Control of Infectious Diseases
After completion of the core modules, those registered for the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc must successfully pass a required number of elective modules to complete the award.
To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, students must choose 4 elective modules to complete the award; three of these must be from the IDM elective module list below.
The Masters Degree (MSc)
To complete the MSc, students must choose 4 elective modules from the IDM elective list below. Another 4 further elective modules may then be chosen from either the IDM modules or from the PHM2 list below.
Note that restrictions and pre-requisites may apply to some of the modules below. Not all modules will be available every year.
IDM elective modules
- IDM201 Bacterial Infections
- IDM202 Nutrition & Infection
- IDM203 Parasitology
- IDM204 Viral Infections
- IDM205 Healthcare-Associated Infection
- IDM213 Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
- IDM301 Epidemiology & Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
- IDM501 HIV/AIDS
- IDM502 Tuberculosis
- IDM503 Malaria
- IDM600 Project Report
- IDM601 Research Design, Management & Analysis
PHM2 elective modules
- PHM202 Communicable Disease Control
- PHM207 Health Care Evaluation
- PHM211 Medical Anthropology in Public Health
- PHM213 Principles & Practice of Health Promotion
Alternatively, with the permission of the Course Director, MSc students may choose to study five elective modules (four must be ID modules) and complete a project report (maximum 10,000 words) in their final year of study.
Combining DL studies with studies at the School - 'blended learning' study
After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at LSHTM in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at the School, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all DL students in July each year. The fee for attending the School's in-house modules is payable directly to LSHTM, not to the University of London International Programmes, and is in addition to the distance learning course fees.
All distance learning modules are assessed by means of a two-hour unseen written examination (with 15 minutes planning/reading time at the start of the examination).
Elective modules (i.e. modules other than the IDM1 modules) are assessed partly by the two-hour unseen written examination (70%) and partly by an assessed assignment (30%), submitted electronically to the School by a set deadline.
Examinations are only held once a year, usually in June. Students may sit examinations in any one of a wide range of examination centres around the world. Students taking distance learning examinations will need to pay a fee to their local examination centre. Please note that if you fail an examination at the first entry you will be allowed one further attempt, if you have failed the module overall.
Credits will be awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and (MSc only) the project (45 credits) successfully completed. To successfully pass an award the following credits must be gained:
Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits
Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits
MSc – 180 credits
How you study
You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines), using the comprehensive study materials provided, with learning support from our academic staff.
We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. We therefore allow you between 1-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Certificate, and between 2-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc.
The study year runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, during which time tutorial support is available. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work throughout the summer.
You receive your study materials after you register. Study materials may include Subject guides, Readers, Textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software, Past examination papers and Examiners’ reports, and Handbooks. You also have access to the school’s online library resources.
One of the following:
- A first or second-class honours degree, or the equivalent, from a university of other institution acceptable to the University of London, in a subject appropriate to the course.
- An appropriate professional or technical qualification, together with at least three years' relevant experience, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree. All applications in this category will be considered on an individual basis.
Students who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.
For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:
- IELTS with an overall average of at least 7 with a minimum of 7 in written sub-test, or
- TOEFL score of 600 (or 250 in the computerised test) and a minimum of 5 in the TWE, or
- A British Council (IELTS) overall score of 7 or over with a minimum of 7 in the written sub-test, or
- TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 100 including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English taken within the last 3 years.
Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.
Online access and general computer requirements:
Supported Browsers include:
- Internet Explorer 7+
- Firefox 5+
- Chrome 13+
Screen resolution (recommended)
1024 x 768 or greater
Application for Study by Distance Learning
The School's distance learning courses are run in collaboration with the University of London International Programmes. For the distance learning courses applications must be made online to the University of London International Programmes.
Need help with completing your application online? Please check the "How to Apply" section of the University of London website.
If you have any enquiries, please submit your questions online to the University of London International Programmes.
Alternatively, please contact:
The Information Centre, University of London, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8360/8361/8362
Fax: +44 (0)20 7862 8358
Summary of key dates
|Application deadline||30 June|
|Registration deadline||30 September|
|Start of the course||October|
|Examinations (take place the following year after registration)||June|