The MSc in Infectious Diseases will develop your understanding of infectious diseases. Study core modules in biology, biostatistics, epidemiology, and the control of infectious diseases. Your options range from parasitology to the study of individual diseases.
The MSc, PGDip and PGCert are suited to recent graduates who wish to pursue an advanced degree and current in-service professionals looking to keep their expertise up-to-date in this fast-evolving field.
The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to certain deadlines), using the study materials provided and with support available from academic staff.
Your study materials may include subject guides, textbooks, past examination papers, and handbooks.
All of your study materials are made available in October.
When you register, we will give you access to your University of London Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
Teaching staff facilitate and moderate online discussions, respond to academic enquiries, and provide personalised written feedback and advice on assignments.
You should expect to study for 15-25 hours per week throughout the study year if you wish to complete your qualification in the minimum time allowed (one year for the Postgraduate Certificate, two years for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc). Most students take between three and five years to complete the MSc.
This varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments. More details can be found on course pages.
Exams are held in June each year. You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world (mainly Ministries of Education or the British Council). Each centre charges a fee for hosting exams.
For entry to the programme, you will need the equivalent of a UK first or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. biology, medicine, nursing, dentistry, or pharmacy) from an acceptable institution.
We may consider degrees of the same standard in other scientific subjects if we believe they will offer suitable training for the programme. We will also consider applicants with an appropriate technical qualification and work experience.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
Successful students should have enhanced career prospects within the health professions. If you complete the MSc, it may enable you to progress for further study in infectious diseases.
"My proudest moment has been applying my technical knowledge to my work. I was instrumental in the introduction of new vaccine antigens (pneumonia and rota virus) for my country’s immunisation programme. The country was among the first in the region to introduce life-saving vaccines for children."
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has an international presence, and is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. It was crowned University of the Year in 2016 by Times Higher Education for its extraordinary response to the Ebola crisis.
The Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases encompasses the School’s laboratory-based research and its work on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of infectious and tropical diseases. The spectrum of diseases studied is wide and there are major research groups focused on malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, vaccine development and evaluation, and vector biology and disease control.
Dr Patricia Gorak-Stolinska is Lecturer in the Immunology Department and Programme Director of the MSc Infectious Diseases. Her teaching interests are in parasitology and immunology. Patricia first joined the School in 1994 to work on Leishmaniasis, before returning after a short spell at Kings College London, in 2002, to work on immunity to BCG vaccine.
Dr Anita Skinner is Research Fellow in the Department of Pathogen Molecular Biology and Deputy Director of the MSc Infectious Diseases programme. Anita undertook postdoctoral research on drug resistance of the influenza virus at the National Institute for Medical Research before returning to the School in 2014. Her teaching interests include the biology of infection.
Dr Jackie Cliff is Lecturer in the Department of Immunology and Infection and Course Content Director of the Infectious Diseases programme. A former graduate of the course, Jackie investigates immune responses to tuberculosis. Her research is directed at identifying the host bio-markers that can determine when a TB patient has been successfully cured. Jackie teaches immunology and infection, particularly tuberculosis.
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.