Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV MSc

Options: PG Diploma

Led by experts at the UCL Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research, this programme offers: a unique opportunity to study infections that make a major contribution to global mortality and morbidity; select from a wide range of modules to meet your needs; and engage with leading researchers in this rapidly developing field.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years
  • Flexible 3-5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • All applicants: 12 September 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The MSc aims to provide advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of STD infections research, management and control, including epidemiology and public health, health promotion, basic microbiology, virology and immunology, health economics and planning, research methodologies, and evidence-based medicine, as well as clinical training in the management of individual patients with STDs including HIV.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Studying Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV at UCL opens exciting and challenging career possibilities. It is a unique opportunity to study infections that are major contributors to global mortality and morbidity with leading researchers and experts in the field.

You can build a personalized learning pathway based on a strong foundation of core principles of sexually transmitted infections (basic science, epidemiology and good clinical practice). The individualized pathways can range from a clinical or public health pathway, to one that focuses on global health, and to one that builds the students research knowledge and skills as a foundation for a higher research degree (PhD).

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study over 2-5 years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Epidemiology
  • Basic Science and Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Clinical Aspects of Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV


  • Advanced Statistical Modelling
  • Anthropological Perspectives on Global Health
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Aspects of HIV Disease
  • Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
  • Conflict, Migration and Human Rights
  • Ethnicity Migration and Health
  • Frontiers of Therapeutic Development in Infection & Immunity
  • Global Health and Development: Emerging Policy Debates
  • Global Justice and Health
  • Health Management: Planning and Programme Design
  • Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice
  • HIV Frontiers from Research to Clinics
  • Key Principles of Health Economics
  • Regression Modelling
  • Research Methods in Social Epidemiology
  • Research in Action: Qualitative approach
  • Research in Action: Quantitative Approach
  • Sexual Health: Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Low and Middle Income Countrie
  • The Social Determinants of Global Health


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-30,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, self-directed learning, group work (included problem-based learning) and student presentations. Assessment is through group work assignments, long essays, unseen modified essay questions and peer assessment. All students are required to submit a final dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


This programme has received scholarships from the European Union and British Council to fund students from developing countries.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A medical degree or a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in science, nursing, or another relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Outstanding applicants with considerable work or research experience in the field of HIV or sexual health, either nationally or internationally can also apply.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 12 September 2014. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and early application is encouraged.

Who can apply?

This programme is likely to be useful for both clinicians interested in management of STDs and those involved in the public health aspects of STD control. Students who are not medically qualified will generally have considerable experience of working with STI and HIV patients or in STI/HIV control programmes.

What are we looking for?

The programme is academically rigorous and we recommend that students have at least an upper second-class honours degree or a medical degree from a recognised university. Applicants with appropriate technical or professional qualifications and/or considerable research or work experience in the field of sexual health or HIV, nationally and internationally are viewed favourably.

  • why you want to study for a masters in STI and HIV at graduate level
  • why you want to study for a masters in STI and HIV at UCL
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this programme
  • how your professional background or work experience prepares you to meet the demands of this programme
  • how this programme will support your future career, and professional or academic development
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme provides valuable continuing medical education for those already working in this field and for those with less experience it provides a useful broad overview which may lead to a career in clinical medicine, public health or research. Several graduates are now working in national STI/HIV control programmes.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • General Practice Academic Training Programmes
  • Genitourinary Medicine Training programmes, London
  • Funded PhD programmes in the UK and Europe
  • Needham Primary Care Trust: Clinical Nurse Specialist HIV
  • Homerton NHS: Outreach Development Nurses in Sexual Health
  • International Agencies

Next steps


Ms Lydia Clinton

T: +44 (0)20 3108 2084

W: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care



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"London is in many ways the centre of the global health and development world. Many of the world's leading non-governmental organisations are based here and policymakers are on the doorstep. UCL and its students are lucky to be able to take advantage of these opportunities."

Mike Rowson

Senior Teaching Fellow in Global Health

Subject: Global Health (Institute for), Faculty: Population Health Sciences

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"The careers events organised as part of the MSc were a good chance to network, as representatives from academia, industry and clinical practice were all present to talk about the opportunities available to graduates in their respective areas."

Chelsea Buck

Degree: Reproductive Science and Women's Health MSc

Subject: Women's Health, Faculty: Population Health Sciences