M.Sc. Tropical Medicine and International Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Application deadline: Early application is encouraged
Tuition fee:
  • £ 8,300 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 19,450 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
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This course develops the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and developing countries and global health.

Graduates from this course have taken a wide variety of career paths including further research in epidemiology, parasite immunology, or joined field research programmes; international organisations concerned with health care delivery or disaster relief; or returned to academic or medical positions in developing country institutions.

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.

Course Duration

Full-time for one year or split study over two years. Students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.

Most students also take the Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, an accredited clinical qualification in tropical medicine during the year, which provides a comprehensive review of the major infectious diseases and related public health issues. This course builds on previous medical training and experience to develop relevant transferable skills. Students wishing to take the Diploma examination may do so at an additional cost of £209.


Term 1

There is an initial two-week orientation period, which includes an introduction to studying at the School, sessions on key computing and study skills and an update on major pathogen groups. During the remaining ten weeks students take the modules Analysis & Design of Research Studies; Clinical Trials; Critical Skills for Tropical Medicine and Parasitology & Entomology. A further optional module is Molecular Biology. In addition in 'Friday Forum', students develop presentation skills by presenting their own experience to colleagues.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Available modules are shown below. Not all modules will be available in any one year, and some modules can be taken only after consultation with the Course Director. Recognising that students have diverse backgrounds and experience, the Course Director is willing to consider requests to take any module within the School's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student, and is acceptable to the Module Organiser. Students who wish to take the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene exam are required to take Slot 1 and Slot 3 modules in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1: 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

Slot 2: 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

Slot 3: 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

Slot 4: 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

Slot 5: AIDS*; Antimicrobial Chemotherapy*; Mycology*; 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

Project Report

Students complete a research project in a subject of their choice, for example, 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 LSHTM’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.

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration is at least a second-class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme.

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

Additional preferred requirements for the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health are:

  • students are normally practising doctors; they must have a degree in medicine and be registered medical practitioners
  • candidates who have a minimum of two years of experience working in clinical medicine (in any country) with recent professional experience in a relevant discipline will be given preference

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

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