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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

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

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.

The programme will enable you 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
  • how to carry out practical laboratory identification of parasite stages 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

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with the specialised skills needed for a career in research, control or teaching related to medical parasitology. Graduates enter fields ranging from diagnostics through to applied basic research and operational control to higher degree studies and academic/teaching-related positions.

Compulsory modules:

Parasitology & Entomology
Analysis & Design of Research Studies
Critical Skills for Tropical Medicine

Elective modules include:

Molecular Biology
Epidemiology & Control of Malaria
Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination
Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles
Integrated Vector Management

Residential Field Trip

There is a compulsory one week field course, between Terms 2 and 3, on vector and parasite sampling and identification methods.

Project report

You will complete a research project based on a critical review of an approved topic, analysis of a collection of results or a laboratory study.

Key information:

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

Location: London

Programme director: Professor Mary Cameron

Contact email: mscmedpara@lshtm.ac.uk

lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/medical-parasitology

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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:

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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English Language Requirements

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

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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

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