Medical Microbiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

The world is facing an unprecedented threat from infectious diseases due to the challenges around a mobile population, antimicrobial resistance, rapid urbanisation and climate change. Study MSc Medical Microbiology with international experts working to understand and tackle these urgent threats. Over one year (full time) or two years (split study), you’ll spend up to 50% of your course gaining essential practical skills in the laboratory. You’ll develop close working relationships with inspiring lecturers from across LSHTM as well as academia, the NHS, UK Health Security Agency, World Health Organization, and our own Medical Research Council Units in The Gambia and Uganda. Join us to gain unique insights into current global challenges and prepare for a career where your passion for pathogens and problem-solving can make a significant contribution to the future of planetary health. What you will learn:

  • Understand pathogenic microorganisms in depth, through hands-on laboratory experience
  • Study microbial pathogenesis and choose to explore specialised areas such as mycology and pathogen genomics
  • Build on specialist diagnostic, research, and analytic skills to assess and critique approaches to the prevention of disease
  • Develop professional skills of critical thinking and analysis, written and verbal presentations, and intellectual independence
  • Learn through a small, culturally diverse peer group
  • Choose a research project abroad with our partners across Africa, Asia, and Latin America


Term 1 compulsory modules: Bacteriology and Virology; Analysis and Design of Research Studies. Terms 2 and 3: Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Director. Slot C1: Clinical Virology; Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA Techniques. Slot C2: Clinical Bacteriology 1; Molecular Virology. Slot D1: Advanced Training in Molecular Biology; Basic Parasitology. Slot D2: Clinical Bacteriology 2; Molecular and Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases. Slot E: Mycology; Novel Drug Discovery & Antimicrobial Resistance; Pathogen Genomics.

Assessment method

Assessments may include essays, other written coursework, short written exams, practical exams, groupwork, presentations and a project report. For full assessment information, please see the module specifications.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to an LSHTM master's degree programme, an applicant must: hold either a first degree at Second Class Honours (2:2) standard in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC or the GMC. OR hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above. OR have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above. Relevant subjects and appropriate qualifications for the MSc Medical Microbiology include microbiology, biology, molecular biology, medicine and nursing. Other life science qualifications will be considered subject to evidence within transcripts of sufficient microbiology exposure (please make this evidence clear within the application). Biomedical scientists and students with research experience (e.g. as research assistants) are also encouraged to apply. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application. Please visit our website for full entry requirements for the MSc in Medical Microbiology, including English Language requirements if English is not your first language.

English language requirements

As part of the application process, applicants are required to demonstrate how they meet LSHTM's minimum English Language requirements. This is particularly important for applicants requiring a Student Visa, as the UK Home Office dictates that every student from outside the UK and Republic of Ireland must show evidence of a minimum level of English language ability (called CEFR B2 level) in order to be granted a Student visa and study in the UK.

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Medical Microbiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS