Academic year 2020/21
The programme team for this MSc has conducted a detailed analysis of options and has concluded that an element of on campus laboratory teaching is essential to achieve all the Programme Learning Outcomes and provide the opportunity to take the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H).
This means that students will be required to be present in London for this teaching for a period of 5 weeks from Monday 2nd November 2020 until Friday 4th December 2020. The remainder of Term 1 will be delivered online.
This face-to-face element will include laboratory practical sessions on parasitology and entomology as well as some hands-on clinical skills and small group sessions.
Please note that this is ordinarily a full-time 12-week Term 1. Although we will be adapting a large part of the teaching material for online delivery, we expect most of the teaching and discussions to be streamed live, in real-time, so it is not realistic to continue with clinical work or take on commitments at the same time as the programme is running.
For more information about the academic year 2020-21, please check our COVID-19 advice for applicants and offer holders FAQs.
Appropriate measures will be in place to ensure practical sessions can be carried out safely and in line with the UK government Coronavirus regulations. This includes limiting the numbers of students and staff in laboratories at any given time, full availability of personal safety equipment such as lab coats, gloves and face masks, and thorough cleaning of laboratories between practical sessions. Please note that government guidance and regulations are updated regularly and our safety provisions will be updated accordingly, both before and during the programme.
Outside of laboratory practical sessions, access to our buildings will be limited to meet safety requirements.
This programme aims to develop the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and low- and middle-income countries. It aims to enhance evidence-based decision making in tropical medicine, international health, and the underpinning disciplines through a wide choice of modules including small group clinically focused teaching.
Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
All students on the MSc will take the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H). Students with a prior DTM&H, or holding 60 master's level credits from the DTM&H (East African Partnership) may apply for exemption from Term 1 via recognition of prior learning.
Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
- Programme specification (pdf)
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By the end of this programme students should be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of the major parasitic, bacterial, and viral, and noncommunicable diseases affecting tropical and developing countries
- demonstrate a critical understanding of the evidence base of tropical medicine and disease control in developing countries and of its application in the practice of evidence-based tropical medicine and disease control
- demonstrate understanding and skills in diagnostic parasitology microbiology and entomology through the selection of appropriate testing methods and the preparation and examination of biological specimens for identification of common parasitic and bacterial pathogens and associated vectors
- demonstrate understanding of the application of basic epidemiological principles, including selecting an appropriate study design to address a given clinical or public health problem
- demonstrate understanding of the selection application and interpretation statistical methods in the analysis of quantitative data
- demonstrate ability to analyse and synthesise research findings for clinical and disease control decision making (in areas including assessment diagnosis, test selection treatment, prognosis and control) and to critically evaluate their effects
- demonstrate understanding of the key contribution of clinical trials to the evidence base of tropical medicine and international health, and of how such trials are designed, conducted, analyzed and reported
- demonstrate ability to synthesise and communicate relevant medical knowledge and principles at an appropriate level to patients, health care professionals, colleagues and other groups
- demonstrate understanding of the role of basic and applied research underpinning clinical and international public health practice, at an appropriate level depending on the individual student's choice of modules
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
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.
Tropical Medicine, Parasitology and Public Health is a compulsory module.
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 programme director considers requests to take any module within LSHTM's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student.
* Recommended modules
- Advanced Immunology 1
- Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections
- Clinical Virology*
- Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Economic Evaluation
- Generalised Linear Models
- Health Care Evaluation
- Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
- Maternal & Child Nutrition
- Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice*
- Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
- Practical Research Skills*
- Research Design & Analysis
- Sociological Approaches to Health
- Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal
- Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
- Advanced Immunology 2
- Clinical Bacteriology 1*
- Conflict & Health*
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies*
- Family Planning Programmes
- Health Systems
- History & Health
- Molecular Virology
- Non-Communicable Eye Disease
- Population, Poverty and Environment
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Advanced Training in Molecular Biology
- Applied Communicable Disease Control*
- Clinical Immunology
- Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*
- Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health
- Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions*
- 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
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Health
- Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination
- Analytical Models for Decision Making
- Clinical Bacteriology 2
- Design & Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
- Environmental Epidemiology
- Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*
- Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights*
- Global Disability & Health*
- Globalisation & Health
- Immunology of Parasitic Infection*
- Molecular Research in Infectious Diseases (formerly 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
- Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Analysing Survey & Population Data
- Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*
- Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
- Environmental Health Policy
- Integrated Vector Management
- Integrating Module: Health Promotion
- Molecular Cell Biology & Infection
- Neglected Tropical Diseases*
- Nutrition Programme Planning
- Pathogen Genomics
- Principles and Practice of Public Health
- Vaccine Immunology*
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 LSHTM, 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 LSHTM's trust funds set up for this purpose.
Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year.
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.
Changes to the programme
LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
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.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band C
Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information
Graduates from this programme go on to a wide variety of career paths including further research in epidemiology, parasite immunology; field research programmes or international organisations concerned with health care delivery in conflict settings or humanitarian crises, or return to academic or medical positions in low- and middle-income countries.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
- Example job titles
Accident and Emergency Health Worker
Analyst of Vector Control
Emergency Medicine Doctor
GP (General Practitioner)
Research Clinician AE-TBC
Associate Professor of Neurology
- Example organisations
Imperial College London
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Médecins Sans Frontières
Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia
Nagasaki University Hospital
Save the Children
Hospital Management Board
"My programme was a perfect blend of clinical medicine, research and global public health learning. After graduation, I hope to get involved in novel research projects and continue research in infectious & tropical diseases."
Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.
Please also read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.
You can apply for up to two master's. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.
All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.
We strongly advise that you apply early as popular programmes will close earlier than the stated deadline if they become full.
The final closing date for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2020/21 academic year is:
- Monday 31 August, 23:59 (BST).
Applicants will require to meet the conditions of their offer and provide all necessary documents by Monday 7 September, 23:59 (BST).
A standard application fee of £50 applies to all face-to-face Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission.
Tuition fee deposit
Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admissions and pay the £500 deposit within 28 days of receipt, or their place will be released and the offer automatically declined. The deposit is deductible from tuition fees upon full registration with LSHTM.
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