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Sunday, May 26, 2019


Master of Science in Medicine in the field of Vaccinology:

MSc(Med) vaccinology- Launching February 2019

We are thrilled to announce that the African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE) consortium will be initiating a Master of Science in Medicine in the field of Vaccinology from February 2019. This 1-2 year- long course will be hosted and run under the School of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

The Wits-ALIVE MSc(Med) vaccinology aims to train the next generation of leaders in vaccinology on the African continent. It will appeal to medical, science and public health professionals who have a desire to contribute to reducing mortality and improving health through vaccination, especially in low & middle income countries.

Course details:

The course will include eight examinable modules focusing on the biological basis for vaccine development including immunology (basic and applied), vaccinology (basic and advanced), epidemiology, research methodology, statistics, vaccine development, clinical trials and vaccine implementation. Students will be required to complete a Masters dissertation and a practicum in academic vaccine research, industry or immunization policy/programs, in order to gain hands-on experience in a selected area of vaccinology.

A limited number of scholarships for students from Africa are available.

Application requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree of at least 4 years’ duration from Wits or another university or a bachelor’s degree followed by an honours degree.
  • Working experience (minimum 1 year) in the field of infectious diseases, immunology, vaccinology/ immunisation or research in a relevant field.
  • Please note that fulfilment of the application requirements does not guarantee a place.

Course and scholarship application process

Download application form here

For more information please email Emma Thembani at