Postgraduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases


Program Description

Gain a prestigious PG Cert in Infectious Diseases by distance learning

This distance learning programme provides a broad understanding of infectious diseases through the core modules in biostatistics and epidemiology, and the biology and control of infectious diseases which are taken by all students, together with the subsequent opportunities for specialized study in areas of the student’s own choice.

The Infectious Diseases programme draws upon the School’s long tradition in the study of clinical and epidemiological aspects of infectious and tropical diseases. Providing a broad understanding of infectious diseases, together with developing strategies for their control and treatment, the programme will be of particular relevance to in-service health professionals, such as doctors or laboratory staff who either wish to acquire new knowledge in infectious diseases or update their current expertise. These courses are aimed both at recent graduates who wish to pursue an advanced degree and at people who took their first training some time ago and wish to update their knowledge in this rapidly evolving field or who wish to change career direction.

Programme aims

The programme aims to provide:

  • a comprehensive understanding of the role of the biology of infective agents and hosts on the outcome of infection
  • the use of this knowledge, in combination with epidemiological and public health approaches, to develop rational strategies for the control and treatment of infection.


Individual modules

Studying individual modules on a stand-alone basis is an ideal option if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme. The fee is £1,900 per module.


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is the leading postgraduate medical institution in Europe in the subjects of public health and tropical medicine. It was crowned 'University of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016 for its 'extraordinary' response to the Ebola crisis.

Excellent support

Comprehensive study materials include readings and exercises, and CD-ROMs (for some modules). There are tutorial support and group discussions through web-based conferencing facilities.

Late application fee

Applicants who submit applications on or after 1 June 2017 will be required to pay an application fee of £100 at the point of submission, which will be deducted from the balance of fees payable upon registration. If the application does not result in registration, the application fee will not be refunded. No application fee will apply to applications submitted on or before 31 May 2017.



London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has a partnership with the Said Foundation who offers funding opportunities to Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian nationals. Find out more on our Funding your Study page.

Structure and syllabus

PG Cert: 4 modules (4 compulsory core modules)

Academic Requirements

You will satisfy the academic entrance requirement if you hold either:

  • an undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honors degree, from an institution acceptable to the University, in one of the following scientific subjects: biology, medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science or pharmacy; or
  • a scientific degree in a subject not listed above which in the opinion of the University included suitable preliminary training and is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honors degree, from an institution acceptable to the University.

Please note we accept qualifications from around the world.


Last updated November 2018

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Study postgraduate programmes developed by experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) by online and distance learning. These courses are ideal for health professionals, i... Read More