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Since its inception in 2019, 41 students from 15 countries in Africa have joined the MSc (Med) in Vaccinology at the University of Witwatersrand

Master of Science in Medicine in the field of Vaccinology

Inviting applications for January 2024 intake.

Closing date: 30th September 2023

Please visit www.wits-alive.ac.za


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

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.

The African Advanced Vaccinology course (Afro-ADVAC) is a 10-day long course in advanced vaccinology, aimed at decision-makers in the field of vaccinology. This biennial course is hosted near Johannesburg, South Africa by ALIVE (African Leadership in Vaccinology Expertise), University of the Witwatersrand.

Afro-ADVAC 2023 was held from 17th – 26th April 2023.

The development of new vaccines and strengthening of immunization programs rank high among global and African public health priorities.


The development of new vaccines and strengthening of immunization programs rank high among global and African public health priorities. Progress in these areas would contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, promote global health security and impact on antimicrobial resistance. Nevertheless, there is limited capacity in Africa to conduct research in vaccinology, take informed policy decisions and improve program implementation.

Who is ALIVE?

ALIVE partners at Wits University are internationally recognised scientists with expertise across the breadth of vaccinology research, from basic science to translational science, clinical research and implementation studies…


Vision and Mission

Become a unique South African and African resource, which will inspire innovation in this important field of vaccinology research spanning basic and clinical sciences, implementation science and public health expertise…



  • Create new opportunities for African global research leadership and advocacy.

  • Build capacity in African vaccinology research.

  • Connect and expand on and African network of vaccinology expertise…


Vaccinology Training

Wits-Alive offers several training programs in the field of vaccinology. 

The “MSc(Med) in vaccinology” is a full-time, in-person, 2-year long masters program at Wits university. 

The Afro-ADVAC course is an short course in advanced vaccinology offered biennially. 

Wits-Alive is a member of the International Collaboration on Advanced Vaccinology Training (ICAVT icavt.org)

Keep up to date with COVID-19 work being done at Wits

Alive consortium members are leading COVID-19 vaccine trials being conducted in South Africa. Details are available on the University of the Witwatersrand website: COVID-19 portal and COVID-19 vaccine trials portal

Wits-Alive activities are supported through funding from