Joint PhD Programme for Global Health

LSHTM and Nagasaki University

Overview (MPhil/PhD-Nagasaki-LSHTM)
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The mission of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Nagasaki University (NU), referred here as the "Partner Universities", is to improve global health through the pursuit of excellence in research, postgraduate education, advanced training and consultancy in international public health and tropical medicine.

The Partner Universities believe that this mission is best achieved through international collaboration. By working together for a common purpose, whilst valuing differences, they can draw on a wider range of human and technical resources to tackle the major global health issues.

Nagasaki University is renowned for its work and research into infectious diseases, and has a long history of collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which includes a link with their School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (TMGH). Through working with researchers in the UK and Japan and studying within a community of global researchers, research students will have opportunities to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of cultures and approaches to improving global health. 

This joint PhD programme aims to support the mission of both institutions to improve global health by developing research students who are:

  • competent independent researchers,
  • with expertise in core research concepts, methods and skills, and
  • have key transferable skills, and
  • can work effectively within international collaborative groups  


    Research topics

    NU-LSHTM research projects 2019

    Nagasaki Supervisor

    LSHTM Supervisor


    Richard Culleton Colin Sutherland Discovering new drug and vaccine targets in malaria parasites
    Richard Culleton Colin Sutherland Artemisinin susceptibility in Plasmodium falciparum : the role of the parasite proteasome and intracellular trafficking in modulating drug susceptibility
    Koya Ariyoshi
    Chris Smith
    Diana Lockwood
    Steve Walker
    Dr Marvic Balgoan  (Cebu skin clinic) - TBC
    Assessing Compliance with prescribed medication: studying leprosy patients compliance with Multi-drug therapy in The Philippines
    Chris Smith Sarah Cook
    Kathryn Mansfield
    Emily Herrett
    Health Behaviour Screening: Comparison between the UK and Japan
    Masahiro Hashizume
    Chris Fook Sheng Ng 
    Antonio Gasparrini
    Ana-Vicedo Cabrera 
    Epidemiological investigation of environmental risk factors using big data methods
    Masahiro Hashizume
    Chris Fook Sheng Ng 
    Antonio Gasparrini
    Ana-Vicedo Cabrera 
    Climate change health impacts and adaptations: drivers and projections
    Sharon Cox
    Koya Ariyoshi
    Miho Sato
    Chris Smith
    Tansy Edwards
    Elaine Ferguson
    David Moore
    Mishal Khan
    Jackie Cliff
    Tackling Malnutrition in TB as a key component of “patient centered, comprehensive care”
    Kiyoshi Kita
    Daniel Ken Inaoka
    John M. Kelly Biochemistry and structural biology studies of Trypanosoma cruzi/brucei drug target proteins
    Kiyoshi Kita
    Akira Kaneko
    Taane Clark
    Susana Campino
    Genomic diversity of malaria parasites around Lake Victoria, Kenya
    Satoshi Kaneko
    Akira Kaneko
    Nuno Sepúlveda
    Chris Drakeley
    Multivariate statistical analysis of serological data to inform malaria control and surveillance
    Katsuyuki Yui Julius Hafalla
    Chris Drakeley
    Induction and modulation of immune responses to malaria infections
    Satoshi Kaneko
    Kentaro Kato
    Tomonori Hoshi
    Toshifumi Minamoto (Kobe Uni)
    TBC Epidemiology and environmental DNA (eDNA) on infectious diseases
    Nguyen Tien Huy
    Kenji Hirayama
    Vladimir Saenko
    Neal Alexander Role of mast cells and platelets in dengue pathogenesis: an immunohistochemistry approach.
    Kiyoshi Kita
    Osamu Kaneko
    Robert Moon Understanding the mechanisms behind the virulence of zoonotic malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi
    Koya Ariyoshi
    Hideki Hasegawa (NIID)
    Tadaki Suzuki (NIID)
    Mai Izumida
    David Mabey Development of pathological diagnostic methods for congenital infections and unexplained illness of possible infectious etiology among new-borns/still births in low-middle income countries
    Koya Ariyoshi
    Tomohiro Koga
    Atsushi Kawakami
    David Mabey A multi-country study of Mediterranean Fever gene polymorphism in Febrile Patients
    Masahiro Hashizume Ai Milojevic
    Shakoor Hajat
    Resilience to climate change impacts on health in megacity, Dhaka, Bangladesh: empirical study and future health impact modelling
    Chris Smith
    Mitsuaki Matsui
    Matthew Chico
    Matthew Cairns
    Daniel Chandramohan
    Investigating the pathways to adverse pregnancy outcomes among women infected with malaria infection and/or sexually transmitted/reproductive tract infections during pregnancy in sub-Saharan Africa
    Koya Ariyoshi
    Nobuo Saito
    Chris Smith Improving completion of Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis
    Koya Ariyoshi Marc Baguelin Modelling the spread of influenza viruses in the population of the Kamigoto island between 2007 and 2013
    Mitsuaki Matsui Oona Campbell
    Lenka Benova
    Evaluation of quality of emergency obstetric care in Japan 
    Lay Myint Yoshida
    Michiko Toizumi
    Rosalind Eggo Modelling respiratory viruses and their impact on populations with COPD in Vietnam
    Tansy Edwards
    Sharon Cox
    Suneetha Kadiyala Pathways to impact: Causal Mediation Analysis of a Complex Community- based Multisectoral Intervention on Maternal and Child Nutrition Outcomes in India 
    Daniel Ken Inaoka John Kelly
    Michael Lewis
    Anti-parasitic drug treatment and the prevention of Chagas disease pathology.
    Tomonori Hoshi
    Satoshi Kaneko
    James Logan
    Victor Brugman
    Thomas Ant
    Development of a novel mosquito sampling tool 
    Kiyoshi Kita Michael A. Miles
    Tapan Bhattacharyya
    Development and application of novel diagnostic tests for diseases endemic in low and middle income countries.
    Suzuki Motoi
    Sharon Cox
    Emilia Vynnycky Analysis and mathematical modelling of diagnostic delay in Japan and South East Asia
    Rie Yotsu
    Koya Ariyoshi
    Steve Walker
    Michael Marks
    Assessing the acceptability and feasibility of new preventative strategies for Leprosy control in the Pacific
    Noboru Minakawa
    Toshihiko Sunahara
    Laith Yakob Climate change impacts on mosquito biology and malaria transmission
    Masahiro Hashizume Rachel Lowe Time series regression models for climate-sensitive infectious diseases
    Chris Fook Sheng Ng
    Lay Myint Yoshida
    Neal Alexander
    Stephen Nash
    Estimation efficacy of HIV protection following ex vivo challenge 
    Lay Myint Yoshida

    Stéphane Hué Stefan Flasche

    Understanding pneumococcal transmission patterns in Vietnam via phylogenetic inference
    Structure (MPhil/PhD-Nagasaki-LSHTM)


    The PhD Programme is training for research that involves completion of an independent piece of original research. The research will be carried out under the guidance of supervisors from both Partner Universities, with additional support provided by members of an Advisory Board.

    Students will have at least one named supervisor from each Partner University.  A Lead Supervisor will be identified, which will determine the Lead University for the research student.

    Research students will be registered directly for the Joint PhD award, without a preliminary period of registration for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree. Normally, research students will spend at least six months at each of the Partner Universities.  The timing, and possible subdivision, of these periods of residence will be aligned to the needs of the individual research degree study.  There will also be opportunities for research students to undertake research in resource-poor countries around the world.

    The supervisors will prepare progress reports every six months and they will submit these to the Joint Academic Committee (JAC).

    A Qualifying Examination (QE) Panel will review the progress of each research student after 7-11 months of full-time registration (pro rata for part-time registration). Continuation in the Joint PhD programme will be allowed only if the QE Panel is satisfied that the research study and the research student’s progress are sufficiently advanced to indicate that the PhD standard will be reached within the permitted period of registration.

    PhD Research Thesis

    Students complete a written research thesis for the PhD degree which must be written in English with satisfactory literary presentation, and include a full reference list. The thesis should not exceed 100,000 words in length.

    PhD duration

    Research students will be registered at both Partner Universities in early October, enabling them to access the resources of both universities, subject to the relevant regulations, policies and procedures at each university. 

    The minimum, normal and maximum periods of registration for the Joint PhD programme will be as set out below.  

      Minimum Normal Maximum
    Full-time 24 months 36 months 48 months

    Research students will conduct their studies in places approved by the Lead University; normally at the Lead University, the Co-University and one or more approved research site(s).

    Consult the Programme Specification for further details 

    Fees & Funding
    Fees & Funding (LSHTM-Nagasaki)

    The table below shows the fee for each Partner University in their own currency. In order to calculate the full 2020/21 fee for the Joint PhD Programme, you will need to add together both fees (the exchange rate will be confirmed at the time of payment).

    Joint PhD fees     
    LSHTM GBP 2,915 GBP 2,915
    Nagasaki University  JPY 267,900 (subject to change) JPY 267,900 (subject to change)
    Writing-up fee GBP 570 GBP 570

    Application & Admission fees

    • Application Fee: JPY 30,000
    • Admission Fee: JPY 282,000

    Students applying for the Joint PhD Programme are required to pay an application fee and an admission fee to Nagasaki University during the designated payment period.

    Prospective graduate students of Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health who wish to continue study the Joint PhD Degree Programme should email to: and prior to paying the application fee.

    Funding opportunity

    Nagasaki University was awarded the Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative & Smart Education (WISE), offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2018. The Nagasaki University WISE Programme for Global Health established a financial support scheme to provide a stipend for the selected grantee and a research grant for the grantee’s supervisory team to support their research in Global Health.

    Further information about the Nagasaki University WISE Programme.

    Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements (PhD-Nagasaki-LSHTM)

    Academic requirements

    Applicants will usually hold a MSc in a relevant discipline and must be willing and able to carry out research on one of the approved research topics. Applicants who does not fully meet the academic requirements, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission.

    English language requirements

    It is essential to have an excellent command of the English language to benefit from studying for the programme. All students will be required to meet the LSHTM English language requirements (Band B).

    Any English language tests must have been taken no more than two years before the date a student commences the programme. The JAC may also request that an applicant take a test even if the above conditions have been met. Please note that there are different English language requirements for Tier 4 Visa applicants and non-Tier 4 visa applicants. It might be useful for you to also check the English requirements FAQs.

    How to apply
    How to apply (LSHTM-Nagasaki)

    Applications to this Joint PhD Programme should be made directly to Nagasaki University

    Applications will open on 7 January 2019 and close on 31 January 2019 17:30 (Japan Standard Time) or 08h30 (Greenwich Mean Time)

    To apply:

    Application Fee

    Students applying for the Joint PhD Programme are required to pay an application fee to Nagasaki University during the designated payment period.

    • Application Fee: JPY 30,000

    Please note: prospective graduate students of Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health who wish to continue study the Joint PhD Degree Programme from October 2019 should email to: and prior to paying the application fee

    Partner Universities
    NU and LSHTM

    Nagasaki University (NU)

    The history of Nagasaki University goes all the way back to 1857 when Dutch naval surgeon Dr Pompe established Igaku Denshusho, which was the oldest medical school in Japan. Although Nagasaki Medical College Igaku Denshusho was completely demolished in 1945 by the atomic bomb, it has now grown into an important university that comprises nine faculties and seven graduate schools (Global Humanities and Social Science, Education, Economics, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Fisheries and Tropical Medicine and Global Health), affiliated hospitals, libraries, the Institute of Tropical Medicine and the Atomic Bomb Disease Institute.

    Nagasaki University is the only university in Japan with Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN) since 1947, and is considered the leading university in the field of Tropical Medicine and Global Health in Japan, with overseas research stations in Kenya and Vietnam.

    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

    Founded in 1899, LSHTM is widely recognised as a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with over 4,000 students and more than 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries across the world.

    LSHTM is working closely with partners in the UK and worldwide to address contemporary and future critical health challenges. It has a diverse and truly global community dedicated to quality cross-disciplinary research and is involved at every stage of the research pipeline, from basic science all the way through to evaluation of health interventions, providing a firm foundation of evidence for improving health.

    Its mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.