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 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.
Graduates from this programme 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 in conflict settings or humanitarian crises; or returned to academic or medical positions in low- and middle-income countries. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.
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.
- Programme specification (pdf)
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By the end of this programme 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
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*
- 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
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.
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
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (DFID)
The MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology has been allocated two scholarship places under the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme. Application deadline of 16th April 2018. Check the RVC website for further details.
Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.
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:
- 31 July 2018 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
- 21 August 2018 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
Do you need a visa?
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.