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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Biological Sciences (4)

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Are you fascinated by the world of microorganisms and their impact on public health? Look no further than the Medical Microbiology (MSc) programme at LSHTM. This comprehensive one-year course provides in-depth knowledge and practical training in the spread, diagnosis, and treatment of bacterial and viral pathogens. You'll delve into genomics and molecular techniques, gaining the skills to isolate and analyze specific microbes. With a strong emphasis on research, you'll learn to design experiments, analyze results, and critically assess scientific literature. Graduates go on to pursue exciting careers in global health, research, academia, and the pharmaceutical industry. Join our prestigious institution and become part of our global graduate network. Entry requirements include a second-class honours degree or a registrable qualification in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary studies. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in the field of medical microbiology.

About the course

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.

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Entry Requirements

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.


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.

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Where will I study?

Where is London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


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Student Profiles

Leon Biscornet

After completing a degree in Biomedical Science here in UK, I returned to the Seychelles to work in the Public Health Laboratory of the Ministry of Health. Having developed an interest in Medical Microbiology from the course at Kingston University I sought to pursue it further, but only managed to get funding for it last year through the Commonwealth Scholarship, the same year I got married. The reputation of the LSHTM for the Medical Microbiology course reached even the shores of the Seychelles and I feel truly privileged to have experienced it. The diverse mix of people at the LSHTM has proven to be more than I expected and it has been a pleasure to learn with and from my fellow students. With the amazing opportunities that studying in London has brought, I thank God for the opportunity of having been able to do so at the LSHTM, with my wife making the trip with me. I’m looking forward to furthering my career when I get back home and I aspire to undertake a PhD in the fullness of time.

Avinandan Saha

I graduated in medicine with a strong interest in medical microbiology and a desire to specialize in this subject. This course at the School was recommended to me by my department head and clinical attachment supervisor in medical school. Their advice, coupled with the School’s renown for research in infectious diseases, made it my top choice for beginning postgraduate studies.

What made the course special was the reference laboratory level teaching and cutting edge diagnostic and research techniques I was exposed to. The teaching ensured that complex ideas were delivered in a lucid, comprehensible manner, while practicals were unique in that they closely simulated real-life diagnostic laboratory situations. We were often given realistic clinical scenarios to work with using the latest guidelines and techniques. This degree has equipped me with an in-depth understanding of pathogens and advanced laboratory skills, which will give me an edge as I continue my specialist training in medical microbiology.

Philip Hefford

The learning experience at the School has been fascinating, in the truest sense of the word. The principles of molecular biology have been brought to life not only through learning about viruses, but bacteria and parasites too. There are always challenges, but it is all part and parcel of hoping to tackle very real problems which affect millions of lives across the globe daily. Studying Medical Microbiology can help identify solutions in the form of drugs and vaccines, which can be implemented through various health initiatives. This is my personal drive.

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