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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 9600

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 22600

All study options

About MSc Medical Microbiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Overview

This programme provides comprehensive knowledge and practical training in the spread of microorganisms (predominantly bacterial and viral pathogens), disease causation and diagnosis and treatment of pathogens significant to public health. The programme content reflects the increasing importance of genomics and molecular techniques in both diagnostics and the study of pathogenesis.

The programme will enable you to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi and basic criteria used in their classification/taxonomy
  • explain the modes of transmission of pathogenic microorganisms
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the outcomes of infections
  • distinguish between and critically assess the classical and modern approaches to the development of therapeutic agents and vaccines for the prevention of human microbial diseases
  • demonstrate knowledge of the laboratory diagnosis of microbial diseases and practical skills
  • carry out a range of advanced skills and laboratory techniques, including the purification of isolated microbial pathogens and downstream applications analyses of their proteins and nucleic acids
  • demonstrate research skills, including designing experiments, analysing results and critically assessing the scientific literature

Career opportunities

Graduates go into operational control programmes, applied basic research and academic fields.

Compulsory modules:

Bacteriology & Virology
Analysis & Design of Research Studies

Elective modules include:

Molecular Biology
Clinical Bacteriology
Clinical Virology
Molecular Virology
Advanced Training in Molecular Biology
Basic Parasitology
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Pathogen Genomics

Project report

You will complete a laboratory-based original research project on an aspect of a relevant organism.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time or two years by split-study.

Location: London

Programme director: Dr Richard Stabler

Contact email: mscmm@lshtm.ac.uk

For the most up-to-date programme information visit the programme page.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9600International course feesGBP 22600
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4800International course feesGBP 11300

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.

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.

Admissions FAQs

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

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

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