Taught course

Immunology of Infectious Diseases

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine · Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 the School.

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.

Fees and funding

The MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology has been allocated two scholarship places under the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

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