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

    Please see below some of the initial research topics available for 2018/19. Further information will be provided soon.

    Nagasaki University LSHTM Title of project
    Kenji Hirayama
    Kiyoshi Kita
    Katsuyuki Yui
    John Kelly Is it possible to design a protective vaccine against Chagas disease?
    Mitsuaki Matsui Val Curtis, Robert Dreibelbis Study to examine factors to promote hand hygiene practice in the neonatal period in developing countries
    Masahiro Hashizume Rachel Lowe Time series regression models for climate-sensitive infectious diseases
    Katsuyuki Yui Vanessa Yardley, Simon Croft Development of a novel vaccine against leishmaniasis
    Kiyoshi Kita, Daniel Inaoka John Kelly Biochemistry and structural biology studies of Trypanosoma cruzi/brucei drug target proteins
    Masahiro Hashizume Pauline Scheelbeek Environmental Change Impact on Diets in South-East Asia
    Lay Myint Yoshida
    Michiko Toizumi
    Stefan Flasche  Predicting impact and resource optimised vaccination schedules using mathematical modelling 
    Chris Fook Sheng Ng, Masahiro Hashizume Antonio Gasparrini Projections of future temperature-related health impacts under climate change and adaptation scenarios
    Kiyoshi Kita, Osamu Kaneko Robert Moon Understanding the epigenetic regulation mechanisms of zoonotic malaria parasite Plasmodium knowlesi
    Satoshi Kaneko, Daniel Harrell Chris Drakeley Capturing cause of deaths with electronic reporting system in rural communities in Kenya
    Sharon CoxKoya Ariyoshi, Miho Sato, Chris Smith Tansy Edwards, Anna Vassal, Yoko Laurence, Elaine Ferguson, David Moore, Mishal Khan Malnutrition, diabetes, social protection and health service delivery in TB programmes
    Chris Smith, Koya Ariyoshi TBC Improving completion of Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis

    Chris Smith

    Caroline Free Development of an intervention to support reproductive health of women after seeking medical abortion
    Masahiro Hashizume Sebastian Funk Modelling and forecasting of infectious disease dynamics
    Yasuhiko Kamiya Martin Gorsky Historical development of the Japanese health system c.1920-1960: how useful is a path dependency framework of explanation?
    Koya Ariyoshi, Osamu Tasaki Ian Roberts Acute severe bleeding – reducing time to treatment
    Koya Ariyoshi David Mabey
    Michael Marks
    Epidemiology and pathogenesis of Treponema pallidum infections in the Philippines

    Satoshi Kaneko
    Akira kaneko

    Nuno Sepúlveda
    Chris Drakeley
    Multivariate statistical analysis of serological data to inform malaria control and surveillance
    Kiyoshi Kita
    Akira Kaneko
    Taane Clark
    Susana Campino
    Genomic diversity of malaria parasites around Lake Victoria, Kenya
    Motoi Suzuki
    Lay Myint Yoshida
    Ataru Tsuzuki
    Wolf-Peter Schmidt
    Mary Cameron
    Understanding urban-rural differences in the risk of dengue fever: the role of population density, entomological parameters and water supply  
    Richard Culleton Colin Sutherland Genetic dissection of the role of UBP-1 in Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites
    Richard Culleton Colin Sutherland Discovering the genetic drivers of medically important phenotypes in malaria parasites
    Koya Ariyoshi Liam Smeeth Use of large-scale electronic health records for research

    Koya Ariyoshi
    Chris Parry

    Robin Bailey Aetiology and clinical management of non-malarial fevers in southeast Asia

    Koya Ariyoshi
    Chris Smith

    Diana Lockwood

    Assessing compliance with prescribed medication: studying leprosy patients compliance with Multi-drug therapy in the Philippines

    Kiyoshi Kita

    Simon Croft
    Steve Walker
    Mrvic Balagoran

    Drug discovery strategy for infectious diseases

    Koya Ariyoshi Dorothea Nitsch

    Does care after acute kidney injury improve outcomes?

    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.  If a research student transfers from full-time to part-time registration, or vice versa, the remaining period of registration will be calculated pro rata.

      Minimum Normal Maximum
    Full-time 24 months 36 months 48 months
    Part-time 36 months 54 months 72 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).

    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 2018/19 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 - Non lab-based        
    LSHTM GBP 2,675 GBP 1,337.50 GPG 8,000 GBP 4,000
    Nagasaki University  JPY 267,900 JPY 133,950 JPY 267,900 JPY 133,950
    Joint PhD fees - Lab-based        
    LSHTM GBP 2,675 GBP 1,337.50 GBP 9,700 GBP 4,850
    Nagasaki University  JPY 267,900 JPY 133,950 JPY 267,900 JPY 133,950
    Writing-up fee (all students)

    GBP 525    

    GBP 525       

    GBP 525     

    GBP 525    

    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 from October 2018 should email to: and prior to paying the application fee


    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.

    Application deadline: 16 February 2018 , 17h30 - Japan Standard Time (or 08h30 Greenwich Mean Time)

    To apply:

    • select a project from the Research topic list, and
    • contact the research topic supervisor for an informal chat
    • Submit your application form to Nagasaki University

    Application Fee

    Students applying for the Joint PhD Programme are required to pay an application fee to Nagasaki University during the designated payment period of 22 January to 16 February 2018.

    • 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 2018 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.