Tropical Medicine and International Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

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.


Term 1: Tropical Medicine, Parasitology and Public Health. Terms 2 and 3: Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). The list below shows recommended modules. Recognising that students have diverse backgrounds and experience, the Programme Director considers requests to take any module within LSHTM's portfolio, provided that this is appropriate for the student. Slot C1: Clinical Virology; Malaria: From Science to Policy and Practice; Maternal & Child Nutrition; Practical Research Skills. Slot C2: Clinical Bacteriology 1; Conflict & Health; Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies; Qualitative Methodologies. Slot D1: Applied Communicable Disease Control; Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections; Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health; Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases; Evaluation of Public Health Interventions. Slot D2: Clinical Bacteriology 2; Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases; Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights; Global Disability and Mental Health; Immunology of Parasitic Infection. Slot E: Applying Public Health Principles; HIV; Mycology; Neglected Tropical Diseases; Novel Drug Discovery & Antimicrobial Resistance; Vaccine Immunology.

Assessment method

Assessments may include essays, other written coursework, short written exams, practical exams, group work, presentations or other methods, in-course assessments during Term 1, written assessments during the week before the start of Term 2 and a project report. For full assessment information, please see the module specifications.

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. Please visit our website for full entry requirements for the MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health, including English Language requirements if English is not your first language.

English language requirements

As part of the application process, applicants are required to demonstrate how they meet LSHTM's minimum English Language requirements. This is particularly important for applicants requiring a Student Visa, as the UK Home Office dictates that every student from outside the UK and Republic of Ireland must show evidence of a minimum level of English language ability (called CEFR B2 level) in order to be granted a Student visa and study in the UK.

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Tropical Medicine and International Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS