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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

This programme combines theoretical and practical training in biology and control of disease vectors and the human pathogens they transmit. Students will gain specialised skills in the molecular biology of infectious diseases, and will cover all aspects of major vector-borne diseases. The course also offers a thorough grounding in the systematics of medically important arthropods, processes regulating vector populations, and the biology of vector–parasite and vector–vertebrate interactions.

Students benefit from close interaction with staff who have extensive international expertise. The James Busvine Memorial Medal and Prize, donated by Professor James Busvine in 1987, is awarded each year for outstanding performance.

Objectives

By the end of this programme students should be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the biology of vectors and intermediate hosts of human pathogens together with methods for their control
  • describe the biology, life cycles, pathogenesis and diagnosis of parasitic infections in humans and relate these to human health and disease control strategies
  • demonstrate a range of specialised technical and analytical skills relevant to vectors and vector borne diseases, e.g. sampling, identification dissection, diagnostics, experimental design, data analysis, control technologies and strategies
  • design and carry out a small research project on the biology or control of disease vectors, analyse and interpret the results and prepare a written report including a critical literature review
  • design, carry out and evaluate vector control interventions using the specialised knowledge and skills mentioned above
  • show competence, both written and verbal, in communicating scientific information and findings.

Application deadline

08 August 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 27,050per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London

  • Campus address

    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, Keppel Street, LONDON, CAMDEN, WC1E 7HT, England

Students from over 150 countries study with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and an active alumni network maintains links with the school.
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