MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

Overview - Control of Infectious Diseases

Rapid global spread, emerging variants, overwhelmed healthcare systems – these are just some of the devastating consequences an infectious disease can have. As a specialist in this field, you’ll help shape the global health landscape, investigating and managing infectious diseases.

Over one year (full time) or two years (split study), you’ll develop specialist skills and bridge the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health. If you want to influence research, policy and control, this truly multi-disciplinary programme is the perfect match for you.

After core training in fundamental concepts of infectious diseases agents and their control, you will be able to tailor your studies through a range of modules to match your future career aspirations. The module choice encompasses disease agents such as Malaria, influenza, HIV, TB, neglected tropical diseases and many others along with approaches to their control. 

What you will learn

  • Grow critical knowledge in global health and infectious diseases, including investigating the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections
  • Understand how to select appropriate methods of control, as well as designing, implementing and evaluating co-ordinated control programmes
  • Discover the best ways to assess the constraints of local public health delivery systems
  • Develop the skills to manage available resources in the context of the control of infectious diseases
  • Explore the impact on particular geographical regions or specific diseases.

The aims and learning outcomes are detailed in the programme specification.

Each module is taught by experienced academic researchers of international standing often with global networks of collaborators that will benefit your studies. You’ll also hear from guest speakers covering topical issues, from climate change and health policy to case studies and emerging technologies applied to a variety of diseases.

To take your learning from taught theory to research, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your own research project from a wide range of topics related to infectious diseases. You’ll be able to tailor the topic to suit your professional interests guided by academics or overseas collaborators.

Many past students’ research projects are exceptional and have contributed directly to published research outputs and included exciting collaborations with public health, research organisations, or NGOs.

Who is it for?

Biological science graduates and scientists. Medical graduates and intercalating medical students, veterinarians, retraining NGO employees. However, we also accept some students who aspire to a new career in controlling infectious diseases.

The programme attracts applications from all over the world. Whatever your background, you’ll show a keen interest in infectious diseases and a desire to have influence in the field. You will study alongside a broad range of professionals from across the globe.

By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped with new specialist skills, and be prepared for a career in the control of infectious diseases. Past students are working across the world for a range of organisations, often in influential positions.

Our graduates work in education, health ministries, international disease control agencies and aid organisations.  Malaria Consortium, Cancer Research UK or Public Health England are just a few of the employers who need graduates in this area. Perhaps you are keen to pursue an academic career through studying a PhD programme. 


One year full-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.

Intercalating study

Find out about intercalating this programme.

Control of Infectious Diseases


Watch Programme Director Matthew Yeo talk about the programme.

Aahil Damani
Aahil Damani, United Kingdom

"The programme is unique as it has a multi-disciplinary approach. Through the myriad of modules on offer, you can tailor the course to your specific needs and the skills gained are transferable, putting me in good stead for the future."

Structure - Control of Infectious Diseases

The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Programme and module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.

Structure of the year

Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks for AB1 slot modules, plus one Reading Week* in the middle of the term. Followed by the Winter break.

Term 2 (January - March) consists of a further ten weeks of teaching for C and D slot modules, plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. C modules are taught in five half-week blocks before Reading Week. D modules are taught in five half-week blocks after Reading Week. Followed by the Spring break.

Term 3 (April - September) consists of five weeks of teaching for E slot modules, taught in half-week blocks, and the project report.

*Reading Week is a week during term where no formal teaching takes place. It is a time for private study, preparing for assessments or attending study/computer skills workshops. There are two Reading Weeks at LSHTM: one in November and the other in February.

Term 1

Students take two compulsory AB1 modules:

  • Introduction to Disease Agents & Their Control
  • Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy

In addition, students take one of the following AB1 module combinations:

  • Basic Epidemiology and Introduction to Health Economics and Health Policy, Process & Power (3 modules)
  • Extended Epidemiology and Introduction to Health Economics or Health Policy, Process & Power (2 modules)
Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Director.

C1 slot

  • Designing Disease Control Programmes
  • Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice
  • Health Care Evaluation

C2 slot

  • Clinical Bacteriology 1
  • Conflict & Health
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
  • Population, Poverty and Environment
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

D1 slot

  • Applied Communicable Disease Control
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health
  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Health

D2 slot

  • Clinical Bacteriology 2
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

E slot

  • Applying Public Health Principles
  • HIV
  • Integrated Vector Management
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
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.

Please note: Should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access laboratories in order to complete your project, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original time frame. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year.

Changes to the course

Changes to the programme

LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements - MSc intensive general

In order to be admitted to an LSHTM master's degree programme, an applicant must:

  • hold either a first degree at Second Class Honours (2:2) standard in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC or the GMC.


  • hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.


  • have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.

If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees.

Entry requirements - Control of Infectious Diseases

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.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

English requirements - Band B

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B

It is possible to apply without English language test results however the results of a test may be listed as a condition of an offer of admission. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Intercalating students

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 LSHTM.

Access and widening participation

Access and widening participation

At LSHTM we are committed to ensuring that excellent students feel encouraged to apply for a course of study with us. We have introduced an innovative contextual admissions system that is designed to support those students who have faced the greatest barriers to their learning. More information on widening participation at LSHTM.

Fees & funding
Fees - Master's Programmes
Fees 2024/25  

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Careers - MSc Control of Infectious Diseases

Graduates from this programme enter a diverse range of positions and organisations across the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health.

Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered after graduating:

Example job titles:

Assistant Professor
Editorial Assistant
Immunisation Consultant
Infection Control Nurse
Malaria Data Analyst
Operational Researcher
Programme Manager
Public Health Officer
Public Relations Executive

Example organisations:

Malaria Consortium
Basel University Hospital
Cancer Research UK
Chesterfield Royal Hospital (NHS)
Civil Service
Public Health England
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Terrence Higgins Trust
The European Centre for Disease Control
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Graduate Careers & Destinations

Want to read more about our graduate careers and destinations? Take a look at our infographics on our Graduate Careers & Destinations page.

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Lanre tells us about studying the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases programme at LSHTM, the skills he has learned and his plans for his future career.

How to apply
How to apply - applications (intensive online)

This programme is delivered online.

Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.

Please also read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

You can apply for up to two master's programmes. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.

How to apply (CCPH online) - deadline and fees

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. 

The final closing dates for the MSc Climate Change & Planetary Health online for entry in the 2024/25 academic year is:

  • Monday 1st July 2024 at 23:59 UK time 

Applicants will be required to meet the conditions of their offer and provide all necessary documents by the date of their Offer of Admission.

Application fee

A standard non-refundable application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission. Income generated from the application fee is shared between scholarships and student hardship fund.

Tuition fee deposit

Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admission and pay the £500 deposit within 28 days of receipt, or their place will be released and the offer automatically declined. The deposit is deductible from tuition fees upon full registration with LSHTM.