This programme combines theoretical and practical training in biology and control of disease vectors and the human pathogens they transmit. Students will gain specialised skills in the molecular biology of infectious diseases, and will cover all aspects of major vector-borne diseases. The course also offers a thorough grounding in the systematics of medically important arthropods, processes regulating vector populations, and the biology of vector–parasite and vector–vertebrate interactions.
Students benefit from close interaction with staff who have extensive international expertise.
Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
Watch Senior Lecturer, James Logan, and students talk about the programme.
"The School offered me something I couldn't get anywhere else: a program devoted specifically to medically important insects and parasites of the tropics."
By the end of this programme students should be able to:
- demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the biology of vectors and intermediate hosts of human pathogens together with methods for their control
- describe the biology, life cycles, pathogenesis and diagnosis of parasitic infections in humans and relate these to human health and disease control strategies
- demonstrate a range of specialised technical and analytical skills relevant to vectors and vector borne diseases, e.g. sampling, identification dissection, diagnostics, experimental design, data analysis, control technologies and strategies
- design and carry out a small research project on the biology or control of disease vectors, analyse and interpret the results and prepare a written report including a critical literature review
- design, carry out and evaluate vector control interventions using the specialised knowledge and skills mentioned above
- show competence, both written and verbal, in communicating scientific information and findings
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at LSHTMl, sessions on key computing and study skills and an introduction to major groups of pathogens, followed by two compulsory core modules:
- Parasitology & Entomology
- 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 modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Some modules can be taken only after consultation with the Course Director.
- Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice* (formerly Epidemiology & Control of Malaria)
- Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
- Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
- Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology*
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination (compulsory)
- Vector Biology & Vector-Parasite Interactions*
- Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
- Molecular Research in Infectious Diseases (formerly Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications)
- Population Dynamics & Projections
- Integrated Vector Management (compulsory)
Residential Field Trip
There is a compulsory one week field course, between Terms 2 and 3, on vector and parasite sampling and identification methods. The cost of this is included in the field trip fee.
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a field or laboratory research project on an appropriate entomological topic, for submission by early September.
Due to our collaborative networking, students are given the opportunity to conduct research projects overseas. This unique experience provides students with skills that are highly desirable to potential employers. The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from LSHTM's trust funds set up for this purpose.
The James Busvine Memorial Medal and Prize, donated by Professor James Busvine in 1987, is awarded each year for outstanding performance.
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.
An additional preferred requirement for the MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control is an interest in medical entomology, public health and disease control.
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 use their specialist skills to go into a range of careers; from operational control programmes and applied basic research to academia.
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:
National Consultant for NMCP
Training Course Consultant
College Teacher (Biology)
- Example organisations:
Institute for Animal Health
Ministry of Health
Natural History Museum
The Mentor Initiative
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Community Colleges of Chicago
Utah Department of Health
Data Source: Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education’ survey 2011/12 – 2016/17
“I chose to study Medical Entomology for one reason: I love insects. They have fascinated me since childhood and continue to do so. I want to use this enthusiasm to contribute to global health and societies. Insect vectors play an important role in infectious diseases and so research in this field is highly relevant.”
Hear from MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control staff & students
Hear from James Logan, senior lecturer, and some of our students in this brief introduction to the MSc Medical Entomology for Disease Control Master's programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
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 date for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2020/21 academic year is:
- Monday 31 August, 23:59 (BST).
Applicants will require to meet the conditions of their offer and provide all necessary documents by Monday 7 September, 23:59 (BST).
A standard application fee of £50 applies to all face-to-face Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission.
Tuition fee deposit
Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admissions 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.
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Students from outside the EEA
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