MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases MSc


This programme combines theoretical knowledge and practical training in the immunology of infectious diseases through comprehensive teaching and research methods. You will gain specialised skills in applying scientific concepts, evaluating scientific data and carrying out modern immunological techniques.

The programme will enable you to:

  • demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of host immunity to infection against human pathogens
  • apply your knowledge to modern molecular and cellular techniques for assessing immune responses to pathogens
  • critically assess, select and apply appropriate research methods to investigate basic immunological mechanisms and applied issues in the immunology of infection
  • critically evaluate primary scientific data and the published scientific literature
  • integrate and present key immunological concepts at an advanced level

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme go into research positions in academia and industry, and further training such as PhD study.

Compulsory modules:

Immunology of Infectious Diseases
Analysis & Design of Research Studies
Advanced Immunology 1 & 2

Elective modules include:

Advanced Training in Molecular Biology
Clinical Immunology
Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles
Vaccine Immunology
Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Residential Field Trip

Depending on availability, you will have the opportunity to hear about the latest, most exciting aspects of immunological research at the British Society of Immunology Congress.

Project report

You will complete a research project on an immunological subject of your choosing.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time or two years by split-study.
Location: London
Programme director: Professor Greg Bancroft
Contact email:

MSc, MSc Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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

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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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