Academic year 2021/22
All our intensive MSc programmes will offer a mix of online and on campus teaching during the 2021/22 academic year.
This means that each programme will involve an element of module level teaching on campus and students will be required to attend part of the programme in person. Within a programme, some modules may be online only, others may combine online and campus teaching.
On campus laboratory teaching is essential to achieve all the Programme Learning Outcomes. Consequently, in order to study and complete your degree with us, it will be necessary for you to attend some laboratory practical sessions at our campus in London. Should the ongoing pandemic escalate, resulting in Government measures preventing us from delivering on campus teaching, students on lab-based programmes may be required to suspend their studies until such time that access to laboratories can be reinstated. Please check our Applicants and Offer Holders FAQs.
This programme combines theoretical knowledge and practical training in the immunology of infectious diseases through comprehensive teaching and research methods. Students will gain specialised skills in applying scientific concepts, evaluating scientific data and carrying out modern immunological techniques. Students will benefit from the unique mix of immunology, vaccinology, molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, parasitology, mycology and clinical medicine at LSHTM.
Infectious diseases represent an increasingly important cause of human morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Vaccine development is thus of great importance in terms of global health. In parallel with this growth, there has been a dramatic increase in studies to identify the innate, humoral or cellular immunological mechanisms which confer immunity to pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. As a result, increasing numbers of scientists, clinicians and veterinarians wish to develop their knowledge and skills in these areas.
The flexible nature of the programme allows students to focus on attaining a broader understanding of infectious disease through attending taught units. Students can also undertake an extended research project within groups led by experienced team leaders. Such projects can involve basic investigations of immune mechanisms or applied field based studies.
Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
Watch Programme Director, Greg Bancroft, and students talk about the programme.
"I wanted to study infectious diseases, gain more lab experience and dive further into the molecular field, so this course was the perfect choice for me."
By the end of this programme students should be able to:
- demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of host immunity to infection against the diverse range of pathogens which confront human populations
- apply this specialist knowledge to a range of practical skills and techniques, in particular modern molecular and cellular techniques for assessing immune responses to pathogens
- critically assess, select and apply appropriate research methods to investigate basic immunological mechanisms and applied issues in the immunology of infection
- critically evaluate primary scientific data and the published scientific literature
- integrate and present key immunological concepts at an advanced level, both verbally and in written form
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.
- View programme specification (2021/22)
- View module specifications (2020/21)
- Module availability chart (2020/21) (xls)
For 2020-21, the delivery of LSHTM teaching has been adjusted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is a one-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 two compulsory modules:
- Immunology of Infectious Diseases
- Analysis & Design of Research Studies
Optional 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 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 Programme Director.
- Advanced Immunology 1 (compulsory)
- Advanced Immunology 2 (compulsory)
- Advanced Training in Molecular Biology*
- Immunology of Clinical Diseases*
- Extended Project*
- Basic Parasitology
- Extended Project*
- Immunology of Parasitic Infection*
- Molecular Research in Infectious Diseases* (formerly Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications)
- Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
- Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights
- HIV (formerly AIDS)*
- Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*
- Extended Project*
- Cell Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions (formerly Molecular Cell Biology & Infection)*
- Vaccine Immunology*
- Neglected Tropical Diseases*
Residential Field Trip
Towards the end of Term 1, students get the opportunity to hear about the latest, most exciting aspects of immunological research at the British Society of Immunology Congress. The cost is included in the field trip fee.
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project on an immunological subject, for submission by early September. Some of these projects may take place with collaborating scientists overseas or in other colleges or institutes in the UK. 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.
Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year.
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.
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.
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.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B
Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information
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.
Graduates from this programme go into research positions in academia and industry, and further training such as PhD study.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
- Example job titles:
Medical Copy Writer
Research Funding Officer
Science Teaching Assistant
- Example organisations:
Infectious Disease Research Corporation
King's College London
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Medical Research Council
Public Health England
Queen Mary University's Societies
T2S UK Limited
The Medical Research Council
Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute - Florida
Hear from a MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases student
Charlotte describes her experience of studying the MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases at LSHTM.
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. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.
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.
We strongly advise that you apply early as popular programmes will close earlier than the stated deadline if they become full.
The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2021/22 academic year is:
- Sunday 27 June 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
- Sunday 8 August 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students
A standard application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission.
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.