MSc Tropical Medicine & International Health MSc


This programme develops the careers of doctors whose interest is the practice of medicine in tropical and low- and middle-income countries. It includes a wide choice of modules and training in clinical tropical medicine at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. You will also have the opportunity to take the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTM&H).

The programme will enable you to:

  • understand and describe the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of the major diseases of developing countries
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills in diagnostic parasitology and other laboratory methods
  • understand and apply basic epidemiological principles
  • apply and interpret basic statistical tests for the analysis of quantitative data
  • critically evaluate published literature in order to make appropriate clinical decisions
  • understand the basic sciences underlying clinical and public health practice

Career opportunities

Graduates take a wide variety of career paths including further research in epidemiology or parasite immunology; field research programmes or international organisations concerned with health care delivery in conflict settings or humanitarian crises; or return to academic or medical positions in low- and middle-income countries.

Term 1

The first term consists entirely of the lectures, seminars, laboratory practical and clinical sessions that prepare students for the DTM&H examination in December.

Terms 2 & 3

You will take a total of five elective modules. 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 you.

Project report

You will complete a research project on a topic of your choice. Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of up to £1,500 to cover costs involved.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time or two years by split-study.

Location: London

Programme director: Professor Robin Bailey

Contact email:

MSc, MSc Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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.

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English Language Requirements

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

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