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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: Tropical Disease Biology

Institution Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine View institution profile
Department Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Telephone 0151 702 9590
Study type Taught


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.


Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine


Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was founded on the 12th November 1898 by Sir Alfred Lewis Jones, an influential shipping magnate. At this time Liverpool was a prominent port city and enjoyed extensive trade with overseas regions such as West and Southern Africa. This led to a high number of patients in the region being admitted to hospital with ‘tropical’ diseases, and so Sir Alfred Jones donated £350 to set up a School of Tropical Medicine to investigate these outbreaks. 115 years later LSTM was awarded higher education institution status in 2013.

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