Masters | Postgraduate Course - Medical Parasitology MSc Course Details within London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The Study Team
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Course Fees
Home Full-time £9,150 Part-time £4,575 Overseas Full-time £21,500 Part-time £10,750 Field Trip £660
Contact Name
Programme director: Professor Mary Cameron
Medical Parasitology MSc

Study Details

MSc one year full-time or split-study over two years

This programme provides core training in the theoretical and practical aspects of medical parasitology, covering the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them.

The programme will enable you to demonstrate:

  • detailed knowledge and understanding of the biology, life cycles, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of parasitic infections in humans and their relevance for human health and control
  • detailed knowledge and understanding of the biology and strategies for control of the vectors and intermediate hosts of human parasites
  • how to carry out practical laboratory identification of parasite stages and diagnose infections
  • specialised skills in advanced diagnostic, molecular, immunological, genetic, chemotherapeutic, ecological and/or control aspects of the subject
  • the ability to design a laboratory or field-based research project, and apply relevant research skills

For the most up-to-date programme information and entry requirements visit the programme page.

Module details

Compulsory modules:

  • Parasitology & Entomology
  • Analysis & Design of Research Studies
  • Critical Skills for Tropical Medicine

Elective modules include:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Epidemiology & Control of Malaria
  • Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination
  • Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles
  • Integrated Vector Management

Residential Field Trip

There is a compulsory one week field course, between Terms 2 and 3, on vector and parasite sampling and identification methods.

Project report

You will complete a research project based on a critical review of an approved topic, analysis of a collection of results or a laboratory study.

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to the programme. Intercalating medical students may apply. 

Student Destinations

This programme will provide you with the specialised skills needed for a career in research, control or teaching related to medical parasitology. Graduates enter fields ranging from diagnostics through to applied basic research and operational control to higher degree studies and academic/teaching-related positions.