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MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health

Overview

This programme is for doctors interested in practicing medicine in tropical and low- and middle-income countries. It offers a wide choice of modules and includes the opportunity to take the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H).

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

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

Awards

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. Ways to study explained.

Changes to the course
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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.

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

Objectives
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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
Structure
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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.

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. 
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 the School's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student.

* Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • 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* (formerly Epidemiology & Control of Malaria)
  • Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • Practical Skills & Clinical Research*
  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Sociological Approaches to Health
  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal 

Slot 2

  • 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

Slot 3

  • 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 (formerly Tropical Environmental Health)
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination

Slot 4

  • 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

Slot 5:

  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • AIDS*
  • 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
  • Mycology*
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases*
  • Nutrition Programme Planning
  • Pathogen Genomics
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
  • Vaccine Immunology

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 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 the School's trust funds set up for this purpose.

Prize

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.

Entry requirements
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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.

Admissions FAQs

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

Fees & funding
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Fees 2020/21    
Home Full-time £10,470
  Part-time £5,235
Overseas Full-time £24,200
  Part-time £12,100
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Please note that EU nationals will continue to benefit from home fee status and can access financial support for the 2020-21 academic year. Find out more.

Other sources of funding:

Careers
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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)
Lecturer
Medical Director
Research Clinician AE-TBC
Associate Professor of Neurology
Dermatologist
Government Assistant
Specialist Registrar

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
Rabito Clinic
Hospital Management Board
NHS

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Graduate Careers & Destinations
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Want to read more about our graduate careers and destinations? Take a look at our infographics on our Graduate Careers & Destinations page.

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Suraj Bhattarai, Nepal
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"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."

How to apply

 

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    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.

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    Application deadlines

    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.

    The final closing date for taught Master’s applications is as follows:

    • 2 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
    • 23 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
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    Do you need a visa?

    EEA Nationals

    If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.

    For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.

    Students from outside the EEA

    All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.

    If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.

    If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.

    Still unsure on whether you need a visa?