Taught course

Tropical Medicine & International Health

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine · Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health, an applicant must have a degree in medicine and be a registered medical practitioner. 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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band C.

It is possible to apply without English language test results however the results of a test may be listed as a condition of an offer of admission. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Access and widening participation

At LSHTM we are committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds feel encouraged to apply to study with us. To that end, we have introduced an innovative contextual admissions system that is designed to consider any barriers applicants may have faced and take account of the circumstances in which their grades have been achieved, rather than relying on results alone. More information on widening participation at LSHTM.

Months of entry


Course content

There are continuing threats to human health encompassing not only traditional tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever, but also the challenges thrown up by emerging diseases with pandemic potential, the practice of medicine in conflict and humanitarian settings and antimicrobial resistance.
We’ve designed this course to support physicians who focus on the practice of tropical medicine and international health in today’s world. You’ll examine the issues faced in practicing medicine in areas of conflict where resources are limited and explore the evidence base of tropical medicine and international health. We’ll also help you develop your decision-making and research skills, confidence, and competence so you can make a significant impact on global health.
Over one year (full time) or two years (split study), you’ll build on the foundation of how to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases that are threats to global health. Immersed in a thriving global community of like-minded professionals, you’ll complete modules tailored to your area of interest. You’ll be able to regularly interact with internationally recognised figures in global health. The strong professional networks you’ll build will continue well beyond the course.
What you will learn
  • Understand the causes, pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of major diseases affecting tropical and developing countries
  • Develop skills in diagnostic parasitology, microbiology and entomology, and knowledge of how to apply epidemiological principles
  • Practise communicating medical principles at an appropriate level for patients, professionals, and other groups
  • Grow your ability to analyse research findings for clinical and disease control and to critically evaluate their effects
  • Discover how to select, apply and interpret statistical methods for analysing quantitative data.

Find out more about the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health programme on the LSHTM website.

Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

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

Information for international students

The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2024/25 academic year is Sunday 21 July 2024 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa.

Find out more about the MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health programme on the LSHTM website.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the LSHTM website.
International students
Please see the LSHTM website.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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