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MSc Control of Infectious Diseases


This is a multidisciplinary programme that bridges the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health. It includes a strong practical component and the opportunity to undertake a research project overseas. The course will train students in all aspects of the control of infectious diseases and prepare them for a career in a range of organisations.

This course will equip students with specialised skills that will facilitate a career in the control of infectious diseases as staff of health ministries, health departments, national or international disease control agencies, aid organisations or universities.

The majority of the research projects are performed overseas, with collaborating public health or research organisations and NGOs. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this overseas opportunity, which is crucial to the nature of the course.

Graduates from this course take up scientific or managerial positions in national and international government and aid agencies, or join specific intervention or research projects. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.


Watch Programme Director, Michael Miles, and students talk about the course.

I had the choice of dozens of modules covering a massive range of health-related subjects, which meant the year group had such a broad range of experiences.
Jamie Scuffell, United Kingdom


By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • investigate the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections
  • select appropriate methods of control
  • design, implement and evaluate co-ordinated control methods
  • assess constraints of local public health delivery systems
  • manage available resources in the context of the control of infectious diseases
  • focus their efforts on particular geographical regions or specific diseases


Term 1

After orientation, students take two compulsory modules: Basic Statistics and Introduction to Disease Agents & Their Control, which focus on the life cycle and characteristics of infectious disease agents according to their principal transmission routes; the principal intervention strategies used to combat infectious diseases; and examples of successes, partial successes and failures in intervention programmes against infectious diseases.

In addition, students take one of the following module combinations:

  • Basic Epidemiology; Health Economics; and Health Policy, Process and Power
  • Extended Epidemiology and Health Economics or Health Policy, Process and Power

An interdisciplinary approach is emphasised which takes account of the social, political and economic context in which health systems operate.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Course Directors.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries*
  • Epidemiology & Control of Malaria*
  • Health Care Evaluation*
  • Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 1: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries
  • Clinical Virology
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal.

Slot 2

  • Clinical Bacteriology 1*
  • Conflict and Health*
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
  • Population, Poverty and Environment*
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
  • Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 2: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine
  • Health Systems
  • Qualitative Methodologies

Slot 3

  • Applied Communicable Disease Control*
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*
  • Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health*
  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
  • Medical Anthropology & Public Health*
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health*
  • Tropical Environmental Health*
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination*
  • Basic Parasitology
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 3: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition in Emergencies
  • Organisational Management
  • Social Epidemiology

Slot 4

  • Clinical Bacteriology 2*
  • Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*
  • Analytical Models for Decision Making
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 4: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine
  • Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
  • Globalisation & Health; Sexual Health
  • Vector Biology & Parasite Infections

Slot 5

  • AIDS*
  • Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries*
  • Integrated Vector Management*
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Integrating Module: Health Promotion
  • Integrating Module: Health Services Management
  • Mycology
  • Nutrition Programme Planning
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project studying aspects of an intervention programme, for submission by early September. If appropriate, this may take the form of an optional period in a relevant overseas location. Most students on this course undertake projects overseas. Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved.

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

Entry requirements

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; applicants with a strong academic background in ancillary subjects will also be considered
  • 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.

Additionally for the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, some prior public health/overseas experience is advantageous and will be considered but is not necessarily a prerequisite for this course.

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement of a second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification 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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Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

Fees and funding

Fees 2017/2018
Home Full-time £9,150
  Split-study £4,575
Overseas Full-time £21,500
  Split-study £10,750

Scholarships and funding opportunities

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How to apply

Applications should be made online. Paper application forms are available upon request and will normally incur an administration fee of £50. You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with all paper applications. Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents.

Applicants wishing to be considered for School scholarships should apply as early as possible. Deadlines for scholarship applications appear on the Master's funding page. Course applications will be considered until all places on the course have been filled. Notification of when a course is closed will appear on the relevant course page. All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year.

Students interested in part-time or split-study should contact the Course Directors, via the Registry, to discuss course requirements and likely timetables, and should read the Master's degree information.

Application deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.

The final closing date for taught Master’s applications is as follows:

  • 11th August 2016 by midnight British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
  • 29th August 2016 by midnight British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.

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If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.

For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.

Students from outside the EEA

All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.

If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.

If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.

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Closed for 2016/17. Apply in Nov for 2017/18.
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