What will I learn?

This programme provides advanced contemporary training in parasitology and the study of disease vectors and the pathogens they transmit. The broad scope of the programme ranges from the biology, immunology, ecology and population biology of the organisms of importance to public health, disease epidemiology and tropical health issues. In addition to providing a solid foundation in pathogen, parasite and vector biology, the programme provides practical experience of essential techniques, as well as significant theoretical and practical knowledge in all important and topical areas of the field. Following the taught component, participants complete a dissertation including a period of applied research 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 pathogens, parasites, organisms of importance to public health and vector-borne diseases.
  • Provide practical experience of a range of specialised technical and analytical skills relevant to the study of pathogens, parasites, organisms of importance to public health and disease vectors.
  • 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.


Over many years, we have educated hundreds of Masters students, many of whom have established successful careers in research in the academic or private sectors, or who have gone on to work in development as part of government or NGO teams. Graduates of the MSc Biology & Control of Parasites and Disease Vectors typically follow careers in research (some in LSTM) or training in areas related to the control of infectious disease, in particular prganisms of importance to public health, pathogens, parasitic and vector-borne tropical diseases. Other careers paths have led to teacher training, working overseas for NGO’s, military and public health-related careers.

Which department am I in?

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£19,200.00 (US$ 26,023) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Pembroke Place,



L3 5QA, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic requirements: Open to graduates with 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. Recognition of prior learning: All programmes of study will permit entry with credit attributed to previous certificated study up to a total of one third of the credits required to be awarded a MSc Degree, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Award. Work experience: Non-graduates with considerable satisfactory work experience and evidence of appropriate in-service training will also be considered. The programme is taught in English. Applicants whose first language is not English must normally provide evidence of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all learning components, or a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 88 for the Internet-based Test (iBT), with minimum scores of 21 for Listening and Writing, 22 for Reading and 23 for Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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