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Masters Tropical Medicine and International Health MSc

This course develops the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and developing countries and global health.

This course is now closed for applications.  
Applications for 2016-17 will open in November 2015.


This course aims to develop the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and developing countries. The course provides training in clinical tropical medicine, and a broad choice of modules to enable students to develop or extend interests in a wide variety of subjects relevant to the practice of medicine in tropical and developing country environments.

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.

Course Duration

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.

* The tuition fees for part-time and split-study students are for each year of study. Please note that fees are subject to an increase each 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.

Term 1

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 five 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.

*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

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.

Entrance 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 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

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

This course is now closed for applications.  
Applications for 2016-17 will open in November 2015.

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. 

Masters Courses

Applicants wishing to be considered for School scholarships should apply as early as possible. Deadlines for scholarship applications appear on the Masters Funding webpage. 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 webpage.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 Director, 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.

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