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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biology (General) Tropical Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

Programme Outline

The MSc programme ‘Tropical Disease Biology’ provides advanced and research-informed contemporary learning in parasitology, microbiology, host-pathogen interactions, and the study of disease vectors and the pathogens they transmit in tropical and/or resource-limited regions of the world.

Delivered by an internationally diverse team of research-active experts in their disciplines, the broad scope of the programme ranges across the biology, biochemistry, immunology, ecology, and population biology of the organisms of importance to public health in predominantly tropical regions of limited resource, and their associated epidemiology.

The programme will give students the opportunity to develop employer-relevant transferable skills, producing independent and collaborative team workers, critical thinkers, adaptable problem-solvers, and as confident communicators in a range of environments. Experience in essential laboratory, field, and computing-based research techniques, as well as significant theoretical and applied practical knowledge in all important and topical areas of the field is further provided within core taught elements. Participants further demonstrate and apply their comprehensive understanding and critical awareness through completion of a research-based dissertation with opportunities either overseas or in Liverpool.

This course aims to:

  • Equip students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to develop a career in research, training or control of vector-borne diseases, pathogens, parasites, and organisms of importance to public health with particular emphasis on tropical and resource-poor regions of the world.
  • Provide practical experience of a range of specialised technical and analytical skills relevant to the study of disease vectors, pathogens, parasites, and organisms of importance to public health with particular emphasis on tropical and resource-poor regions of the world.
  • Enable students to conduct independent research in the laboratory and/or field.
  • Produce graduates who are experienced, committed, informed, proactive and effective professionals, capable of taking substantial and leading professional roles.
  • Facilitate high quality learning that is informed by critical analysis of current research.


Many alumni of LSTM hold prominent positions in health ministries, universities, hospitals, and international organisations throughout the world. Graduates are competitively placed to begin PhD programmes, seek employment within research programmes, work overseas in developing countries with a wide variety of employers including NGOs, military and public health-related employers, enter teacher training, or return to previous employers with enhanced knowledge and skills with which to advance their existing careers. Graduates of the MSc Tropical Disease Biology have undergone excellent general preparation for a career in laboratory and field research in biological sciences, and are particularly well placed for careers in research or training in areas related to organisms of importance to public health, pathogen, parasitic and vector-borne diseases globally, and particularly within tropical or resource-poor regions of the world.


TROP 936: Research Methods in Parasitology and Vector Biology (30 Credits)
TROP 939: Biology of Tropical Health, Pathogens and Vectors of Disease (30 Credits)
TROP775 Key Aspects in Molecular & Cellular Biology of Tropical Diseases & Vectors (20 Credits)
TROP 719: Parasite Epidemiology & Control (20 Credits)
Research Project (60 Credits)
Vector Population Biology and Control (20 Credits)
Immunology of Tropical Diseases (20 Credits)
Research Methods and Skills

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Entry requirements

Students need an honours degree (2.ii or equivalent) in the biological sciences or a medical/veterinary degree. Overseas candidates with other qualifications may be accepted, particularly if they have the relevant experience through working in an appropriate field for a number of years. Medical or Veterinary students who have completed at least three years of study and wish to intercalate are also accepted onto the programme.