Control of Infectious Diseases at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Rapid global spread, emerging variants, overwhelmed healthcare systems – these are just some of the devastating consequences an infectious disease can have. As a specialist in this field, you’ll help shape the global health landscape, investigating and managing infectious diseases. Over one year (full time) or two years (split study), you’ll develop specialist skills and bridge the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health. If you want to influence research, policy and control, this truly multi-disciplinary programme is the perfect match for you. After core training in fundamental concepts of infectious diseases agents and their control, you will be able to tailor your studies through a range of modules to match your future career aspirations. The module choice encompasses disease agents such as Malaria, influenza, HIV, TB, neglected tropical diseases and many others along with approaches to their control. What you will learn:

  • Grow critical knowledge in global health and infectious diseases, including investigating the transmission of endemic and epidemic infections
  • Understand how to select appropriate methods of control, as well as designing, implementing and evaluating co-ordinated control programmes
  • Discover the best ways to assess the constraints of local public health delivery systems
  • Develop the skills to manage available resources in the context of the control of infectious diseases
  • Explore the impact on particular geographical regions or specific diseases.


Term 1 compulsory modules: Introduction to Disease Agents & Their Control; Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy. In addition, students take one of the AB1 module combinations: Basic Epidemiology and Introduction to Health Economics and Health Policy, Process & Power (3 modules) OR Extended Epidemiology and Introduction to Health Economics or Health Policy, Process & Power (2 modules). Terms 2 and 3: Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). To see the full list of module options, please see the programme webpage on our website.

Assessment method

Assessments may include essays, other written coursework, short written exams, practical exams, group work, presentations or other methods and a research-based 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. Additionally for the MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, some prior public health/overseas experience is advantageous and will be considered but is not necessarily a prerequisite for this course. 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 Control of Infectious Diseases, 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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Fees and funding

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Control of Infectious Diseases at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS