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Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV MSc

Led by experts at the UCL Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research, the UCL programme offers: a unique opportunity to study infections that make a major contribution to global mortality and morbidity; a small and intimate Masters, offering close proximity to some of the world’s leading sexual health and HIV researchers to the student; and the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules to meet your needs and interests.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
£22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)
Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
12 September 2015
The programme starts in late September of each academic year. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and early application is encouraged in order to avoid disappointment. Applications can be made via UCL's Admission website which can be found here.

Entry Requirements

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 recognized university. Applicants with appropriate technical or professional qualifications and/or considerable work experience in the field of sexual health or HIV, nationally and internationally are also welcomed.

English language requirement: Standard

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The MSc aims to provide advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) research, management and control within the context of improving sexual health. This includes epidemiology and public health, basic microbiology, virology and immunology, health economics and planning, research methods, and evidence-based medicine and clinical management of individual patients with STIs including HIV.

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

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


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


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

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


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 sexual health and 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
  • The civil service
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist in HIV
  • NHS Management
  • International Aid or Health Agencies

Why 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 capitalise on the strengths of UCL as a university with strong emphasis on crossing disciplines and the modular nature of the course to 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 finally to one that builds the students research knowledge and skills as a foundation for a higher research degree (PhD).

Student / staff ratios › 285 staff › 176 taught students › 146 research students

Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
The programme starts in late September of each academic year. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and early application is encouraged in order to avoid disappointment. Applications can be made via UCL's Admission website which can be found here.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

    When we assess your application, we would like to know:
  • 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.


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  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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