This course develops the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and developing countries and global health.
Graduates from this course have taken a wide variety of career paths including further research in epidemiology, parasite immunology, or joined field research programmes; international organisations concerned with health care delivery or disaster relief; or returned to academic or medical positions in developing country institutions.
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.
Full-time for one year or split study over two years. Students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.
Most students also take the Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, an accredited clinical qualification in tropical medicine during the year, which provides a comprehensive review of the major infectious diseases and related public health issues. This course builds on previous medical training and experience to develop relevant transferable skills. Students wishing to take the Diploma examination may do so at an additional cost of £209.
* Split study fees are charged in the same way as the fees for part-time students. The tuition fees for part-time students are for each year of study. Please note that fees are subject to an increase each year. Students attend the field trip in their first year and pay the relevant field trip fee. They are not expected to attend the field trip in the second year and as a result do not pay the field trip fee in the second year.
" Coming to study at LSHTM has been very inspirational. Charles Kalumuna from Uganda studied the MSc in Tropical Medicine & International Health - Full profile
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
Programme specifications: A comprehensive summary of the key elements of the degree, including educational aims and intended learning outcomes, plus details on programme structure, assessment requirements, student support and more.
There is an initial two-week orientation period, which includes an introduction to studying at the School, sessions on key computing and study skills and an update on major pathogen groups. During the remaining ten weeks students take the modules Analysis & Design of Research Studies; Clinical Trials; Critical Skills for Tropical Medicine and Parasitology & Entomology. A further optional module is Molecular Biology. In addition in 'Friday Forum', students develop presentation skills by presenting their own experience to colleagues.
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of six study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Available modules are shown below. Not all modules will be available in any one year, and some modules can be taken only after consultation with the Course Director. Recognising that students have diverse backgrounds and experience, the Course Director is willing to consider requests to take any module within the School's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student, and is acceptable to the Module Organiser. Students who wish to take the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene exam are required to take Slot 1 and Slot 3 modules in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Slot 1: Clinical Infectious Diseases 1: Bacterial & Viral Diseases & Community Health in Developing Countries*; Clinical Virology*; Epidemiology & Control of Malaria*; Advanced Immunology 1 (linked with Advanced Immunology 2); Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections; Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries; Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco; Generalised Linear 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 Study Proposal
Slot 2: Clinical Infectious Diseases 2: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine*; Conflict and Health*; Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*; Global Disability and Health*; Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology; Advanced Immunology 2 (linked with Advanced Immunology 1); Analytical Models for Decision Making; 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 Reproductive Tract Infections/Sexually Transmitted Infections*; Advanced Training in Molecular Biology; Applied Communicable Disease Control; Clinical Immunology; Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health; Economic Evaluation; Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases; How to Plan & Implement a Vision 2020 Project; Medical Anthropology and Public Health; Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases; Nutrition in Emergencies; Social Epidemiology; Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health; Tropical Environmental Health; Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination
Slot 4: Clinical Infectious Diseases 4: Parasitic Diseases & Clinical Medicine*; Environmental Epidemiology; Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases *; Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights*; Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles*; Clinical Bacteriology 2; Genetic Epidemiology; Globalisation & Health; Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications; Nutrition Related Chronic Disease; Organisational Management; Platforms of Care for Mental Disorders; Population Dynamics & Projections; Reviewing the Literature; Sexual Health; Skills, Resources & Technology for Vision 2020; Survival Analysis and Bayesian Statistics; Vector Biology & Vector Parasite Interaction
Slot 5: Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology; AIDS*; Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*; Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Practice*; Molecular Cell Biology & Infection; Mycology*; Analysing Survey & Population Data; Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries; Environmental Health Policy; Integrated Vector Management; Integrating Module: Health Promotion; Nutrition Programme Planning; Pathogen Genomics; Principles and Practice of Public Health
Students complete a research project in a subject of their choice, for example, 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.
Applicants must normally satisfy LSHTM’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.
The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration is at least a second-class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme.
Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
Additional preferred requirements for the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health are:
- students are normally practising doctors; they must have a degree in medicine and be registered medical practitioners
- candidates who have a minimum of two years of experience working in clinical medicine (in any country) with recent professional experience in a relevant discipline will be given preference
Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.
Application for London-based Study
Please apply using our online application form.
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 are advised to apply by 1 March. Please note that this is not a closing date. Although we accept applications all year round, other applicants are also advised to apply before this date as courses can become full rapidly. While early application is encouraged, late applications are always considered until all places on the course have been filled. All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year.
All Masters courses are offered on a part-time basis over two years. Students interested in part-time study should contact the appropriate Course Organiser, via the Registry, to discuss course requirements and likely timetables, and should read the Masters degree information.
There are two ways of undertaking part-time study:
1) attending part-time throughout the two years: Students need to be available for up to four or five half days every week for 27 weeks per year. Evidence may be required to prove that applicants are able to commit this minimum period of time to their study
2) attending full-time for modules in the first two terms in Year 1 (September-March), and undertaking third term modules, exams and project in Year 2 (April - September). Such an option may be attractive to applicants who are unable to be released from employment for a continuous twelve-month period. This option is called split study.
All courses last one year for full-time study or two years for part-time study.