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MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health


This course develops the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and low- and middle-income countries. The course offers a wide choice of modules and provides training in clinical tropical medicine at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H)

All students going on the MSc will take the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. Students with a prior DTM&H, or holding 60 Masters level credits from the East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene may apply for exemption from Term 1 via accreditation of prior learning.


Graduates from this course have taken a wide variety of career paths including further research in epidemiology, parasite immunology; field research programmes or international organisations concerned with health care delivery or disaster relief; or returned to academic or medical positions in low- and middle-income countries.


The Frederick Murgatroyd Award is awarded each year for the best student of the year. Donated by Mrs Murgatroyd in memory of her husband, who held the Wellcome Chair of Clinical Tropical Medicine in 1950 and 1951.

Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.

The School is renowned as one of the best in the world for research and public health. I have also throughly enjoyed being in London because it is a city with rich history, many free museums and countless events!
Claudia Donkor, Ghana


By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • understand and describe the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of the major parasitic, bacterial, and viral diseases of developing countries
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills in diagnostic parasitology and other simple laboratory methods
  • understand and apply basic epidemiological principles, including selecting appropriate study designs
  • apply and interpret basic statistical tests for the analysis of quantitative data
  • critically evaluate published literature in order to make appropriate clinical decisions
  • communicate relevant medical knowledge to patients, health care professionals, colleagues and other groups
  • understand the basic sciences underlying clinical and public health practice


Term 1

All students follow the course for the DTM&H. Term 1 consists entirely of the DTM&H lectures, seminars, laboratory practical and clinical sessions, and is examined through the DTM&H examination and resulting in the award of the Diploma and 60 Master's level credits at the end of Term 1.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Recognising that students have diverse backgrounds and experience, the course director considers requests to take any module within the School's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 1: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries*
  • Clinical Virology*
  • Epidemiology & Control of Malaria*
  • Advanced Immunology 1
  • Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infection
  • Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Generalised Liner Models
  • Health Care Evaluation
  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Sociological Approaches to Health
  • Study Design: Writing a Proposal 

Slot 2

  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 2: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine*
  • Conflict and Health*
  • Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
  • Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
  • Advanced Immunology 2
  • Clinical Bacteriology 1
  • Family Planning Programmes
  • Health Systems; History & Health
  • Molecular Virology; Non Communicable Eye Disease
  • Population, Poverty and Environment
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Slot 3

  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 3: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries*
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*
  • Advanced Training in Molecular Biology
  • Applied Communicable Disease Control
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health
  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Implementing Eye Care: Skills and Resources
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition in Emergencies
  • Organisational Management
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health
  • Tropical Environmental Health
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination

Slot 4

  • Clinical Infectious Diseases 4: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine*
  • Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*
  • Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights*
  • Global Disability and Health*
  • Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles*
  • Analytical Models for Decision Making
  • Clinical Bacteriology 2
  • Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Globalisation & Health
  • Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications
  • Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases
  • Population Dynamics & Projections
  • Reviewing the Literature
  • Sexual Health
  • Survival Analysis and Bayesian Statistics
  • Vector Biology & Vector Parasite Interactions

Slot 5:

  • AIDS*
  • Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*
  • Mycology*
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Analysing Survey & Population Data
  • Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
  • Environmental Health Policy
  • Integrated Vector Management
  • Integrating Module: Health Promotion
  • Molecular Cell Biology & Infection
  • Nutrition Programme Planning
  • Pathogen Genomics
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project in a subject of their choice, for submission by early September. Projects may involve writing up and analysing work carried out before coming to the School, a literature review, or a research study proposal. Some students gather data overseas or in the UK for analysis within the project. Such projects require early planning.

Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved. The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from the School's trust funds set up for this purpose. 

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally satisfy the School’s general entrance requirements and additional programme-specific entrance requirements to be considered for admission. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the procedures and deadlines given in the web-based or printed prospectus.

Eligibility for the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health:

Students must have a degree in medicine and be registered medical practitioners. Preference will be given to candidates who have at least two years of experience working in clinical medicine (in any country) with recent professional experience in a relevant discipline.

Please note that it is not possible to intercalate on this course.

Fees and funding

Fees 2016/2017
Home Full-time £8,700
  Split-study £4,350
Overseas Full-time £20,450
  Split-study £10,225

Scholarships and funding opportunities

How to apply

Application for London-based Study

Applications should be made online. Paper application forms are available upon request and will normally incur an administration fee of £50. You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with all paper applications. Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents.

Applicants wishing to be considered for School scholarships should apply as early as possible. Deadlines for scholarship applications appear on the Master's funding page. Course applications will be considered until all places on the course have been filled. Notification of when a course is closed will appear on the relevant course page. All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year.

Students interested in part-time or split-study should contact the Course Directors, via the Registry, to discuss course requirements and likely timetables, and should read the Master's degree information.

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