MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases – LSHTM

MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases – LSHTM

MSc Immunology of Infectious Diseases – LSHTM

By Bryan Wright 1 Comment August 16, 2019


This is the MSc in immunology and infectious diseases. So what we do is we study how the body
defends itself against infection and how we can use that information to
make vaccines to prevent infectious diseases. Immunology is a
difficult and complex subject, so you’re going to learn a lot about the basic
concepts of how it works, but the skills you’ll gain are very
generic because we talk about how to make you into a biomedical scientist. So I chose to study the immunology of infectious diseases because while I was in Uganda particularly HIV, I was there working for the MRC in Uganda on an HIV cohort and you just saw the devastation that HIV had on these people’s lives. One thing I really like about the course was that you can study not only the immunology of the diseases, but at the same time you got to see the bigger picture of what you’re studying so there are other courses like epidemiology
and public health and you get to see your disease which is studying in bigger picture Most immunology courses are not devoted
to infectious diseases because they study cancer or auto-immunity or other human problems, but we’re embedded in a
school a public health so the wonderful thing about this course
is that we focus on infectious diseases and we’re embedded within an institute
that studies the problems of poverty and public health issues in a broader
context. So it’s a great place to combine the infection the immunology and the context of human disease. In the practicals, depending on what modules you took, you could focus on the more diagnostics side for example. One of my modules was a clinical module for example. You could work on specimens they
brought in from – I think St George’s Hospital – so actual patients with suspected measles
or different diseases and you could actually do the tests
as it would be done in a hospital. It was really interesting. The course really gave me the lab-based skills that I needed And at the same time gave me the skills to
be able to approach a question from lots of different angles, so that’s
where the other courses come in, so you can look at the bigger picture, and see the
epidemiology and everything else. Immunology research is mostly wet lab
research, we get our hands dirty by working at the bench doing biological experiments. There is
more by informatics now so there is more computing involvement but basically
you’re going to be working in the laboratory. The advantage is that you can work with
us here at Keppel Street, at the London School, in one of the main research labs that
might work on tuberculosis or malaria. But we also have funding opportunities
to take you to the Gambia or to Tanzania or to Thailand to
actually work with our collaborators there. One of the great things about the teaching for my course specifically, was that you had such small classes. So there
was about 20 of us in the class, allowing one-to-one with all the lecturers and
external speakers who came in. I found the support during the actual project, during the dissertation write-up, really good. There was basically one post-doc who was set to help me throughout the dissertation and it was one-to-one with that person the whole time. Then we had lab meetings every week but the primary supervisor’s support was great. I thought the teaching was excellent especially me I came from a background that wasn’t very strong in immunology of infectious disease and from the beginning I never really felt out of place compared to other students who maybe had a bit more background. Everything’s so well explained, by the end of
each week, I was like “wow I know this this week, and I didn’t know that last week”. They’re quite friendly so we are lucky to have very friendly staff you can always email to ask questions or get extra handouts, extra information. The course starts off where everybody’s together doing a core set of immunological programmes and that’s important because
then everybody gets the same information and brings you up to understanding the basic concepts. But then you get a chance to choose
different modules within the course and so now you can pick and match which
modules you want to do and everybody will do a slightly different group of modules based on what they want to do after the
course. And then you can choose your project because we have a large number of
projects on offer, some of them in the building, some of them overseas, and if you’re interested in malaria, then we try to match you up with a malaria project or if you’re interested in TB, we guide you down that road. The other nice thing is that my job
doesn’t finish when the year ends. I mean my job is to help you move on
from this course so I’m constantly giving you references,
helping you make decisions about what PhD programs or other places might be
useful, and I enjoy being emailed and called
up after you’ve left the course and say “Look Greg, I’m interested in going to this particular place, what do you think?”. So we’re very happy to keep in contact with you after the course is finished. I would recommend a course to anyone who thinks they want to go into an infectious diseases direction but isn’t quite sure exactly which disease they want to be
studying, and it’s because it gives you a good all-round you see epidemiology, you see public health at the same time, so you can branch out into those different disciplines. I definitely recommend the course to anyone or any of the courses. I spoke to a lot people on the wide range of courses and everyone
seemed happy and it’s just that the standard of the teaching, as well as the environment, for me was amazing. A happy year, definitely.

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Saffron Peterson

This has absolutely swayed me to apply for 2019. Thank you for this video. It has been a useful way to show what exactly the course provides.

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