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MSc Medical Parasitology

Overview

This programme provides 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. Students will gain specialised skills to enable them to pursue a career in research, control or teaching related to medical parasitology.

Graduates enter global health fields ranging from diagnostics through to applied basic research and operational control to higher degree studies and academic/teaching-related positions. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

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.

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

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Watch Programme Director, Mary Cameron, and students talk about the programme.
 
We gain incredible hands-on experience, both in the lab and in the field which, in my opinion, is unmatched by other schools.
Brittany Burger, USA
 

Objectives

By the end of this programme 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

Structure

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 

Further details for the course modules

Residential Field Trip 

There is a compulsory one week field course, after the Term 3 examinations, on vector and parasite sampling and identification methods.The cost of £630 is included in the field trip fee.

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.

Titles of some of the 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
  • 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.

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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
  Part-time £4,575
Overseas Full-time £21,500
  Part-time £10,750
Field Trip £660

Scholarships and funding opportunities

Finances and Funding FAQs

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. Applications will be considered until all places on the programme have been filled. Notification of when a programme is closed will appear on the relevant programme page. All applicants should be able to start the programme on the first day of the academic year.

Students interested in part-time or split-study should contact the Programme 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:

  • 1st August 2017 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
  • 22nd August 2017 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.

Do you need a visa?

EEA Nationals

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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Admission status

Open for 2017/18

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