Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

The Glasgow University DTMH course consists of:

  1. Lectures on Wednesday evenings (1930-2130) held in Glasgow and also streamed online (from late Oct or early Nov-March)
  2. Two full week session (last full weeks of Nov and Jan) which include practical plus some lecture work.  Practicals won’t be streamed.
  3. Two (possibly more) Saturday sessions.  (We are investigating whether these can be streamed too).

As a part time course it is not possible for us to cover in detail every aspect of the extensive DTMH curriculum. Students are required to undertake considerable private study to prepare for the exam. The practical component is considered to be the hardest part of the DTMH exam (and especially so for students who are not on a full time course). Although laboratory training is provided on the Glasgow course, we are not able to cover certain practical components (e.g. histopathology). In previous years students have arranged additional practical tuition by private arrangement with the London School (normally two days in March). For many students without laboratory experience this additional training has proved invaluable. This is an informal arrangement with London and may include a fee. Unfortunately, the specific dates of the London practical training days may not be known until after xmas. We appreciate that this may make it difficult for students to plan study leave, but it is beyond our control.

Please note that the course does not include any patient contact. Students should expect that, on occasions, there will be overlap between what speakers cover in their talks. Although we have never had to cancel a lecture at short notice, this is of course possible and students should check their emails on the afternoon of an evening session.

Venue and Time

The normal venue for evening lectures is the Boyd Orr building, University of Glasgow, Hillhead. Evening sessions usually start on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm (although some may occasionally be held on other evenings when speakers cannot make a wednesday). Some sessions may be held in Edinburgh, usually the Western Infirmary. Whole day sessions are held in a range of venues at the Hillhead campus (usually 9.30 - 4.30) but the specific rooms may even change from morning to afternoon. Please note that some of these rooms are not easy to locate! For practical sessions students are often asked to meet inside the Biomedical sciences building (see links above).

Student Forum

The student forum ("moodle") is a key part of the course and serves as the main means of communication with and between students. Students should upload photographs and information about themselves (e.g. current workplace and reason for interest in tropical medicine). Some copies of presentations are included on the forum. These must not be shared outwith the course. Students should, however, also bring along memory sticks to meetings as it is not always possible for us to put talks on the forum. Please note that information/messages added to the forum will be accessed by future years' DTMH students.

Additional practical training is normally available at laboratories in the West of Scotland and (just before the exam) at the London school.  Additional costs may be incurred by students for completing these.  Students wishing to sit the DTMH examination must also pay the Royal College of Physicians (London).


The cost of attending the Glasgow course is £1,800.

We welcome attendees who wish to come as a “taster”.  Colleagues from other medical fields (e.g. veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing etc) are also welcome. 

For those who do not want to take the exam, or have any further queries, please contact the course organiser.

Additional Information

Course contact:
Prof. M.P. Barrett
Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
Sir Graeme Davis Building,
University of Glasgow,
Glasgow G12 8QQ

DTMH Application Form 2015/16