Master of Science in Medicine in the field of Vaccinology:

MSc(Med) vaccinology

The African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise (ALIVE) consortium initiated a Master of Science in Medicine in the field of Vaccinology in February 2019. This course will be hosted and run under the School of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).


To train the next generation of leaders in vaccinology on the African continent.


Capacitate young, African scientists to develop a scientific understanding of different aspects of vaccinology, including immunology, vaccine discovery and development, epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases, vaccines against specific pathogens and public-health focus on vaccines

Who should apply?

The Wits-ALIVE MSc(Med) in the field of vaccinology will appeal to medical, health 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 Masters course is conducted in English and utilises a blended educational program, with face-to-face lectures and interactive sessions as the cornerstone training modality. The course comprises:

  1. Eight examinable modules in year 1, four modules in each semester
  2. Research project and report
  3. Internship
  4. Workshops and seminars

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Funding and Application

A limited number of scholarships for students from Africa are available

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Note: Applications close on 30th September 2020’

Entry 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.
  • South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Certificate of Evaluation for foreign qualifications (www.saqa.org.za)