Diploma In Tropical Medicine & Hygiene


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The Study Course Tropical Medicine & Hygiene prepares medically qualified students for the DTM&H exam set by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in London.

Applications for September 2021 are now closed.  Applications reopen on 1st May 2022. 

Entry is competitive and your qualifications, career path, and personal statement will be considered.  We encourage applications from FY2 to retirement, and from all medical disciplines.  We hope to make offers and confirm teaching arrangement in the third week of August.  The introductory welcome tutorial will be on the evening of Wednesday 15th of September. 

We are currently in advanced discussions with institutions in East Africa and SE Asia and are hopeful the practical microscopy training can be offered at these regional hubs in the forthcoming session.

Last update: 5th August 2021


Programme structure

  • The course takes a blended approach to learning with the majority of the curriculum taught online.
  • Material on the virtual learning environment is released in stages and updated regularly.
  • There are teaching blocks with regular breaks to allow consolidation of learning. 
  • Online live tutorials with exam focused clinical content are held fortnightly.  These are recorded for later access for those unable to attend.
  • On campus teaching which allow students to gain the necessary microscopy experience and a certificate of microscopy competency. Students without certified microscopy competency are not admitted to the RCP exam.  This will be in week commencing 29th November - format to be confirmed.
  • An intensive online teaching week which is lecture and workshop based, with an element of revision in January. This will run in the week starting 10th January - sessions run during the day and will require you to take study leave.  This is recorded for later access for those unable to attend.
  • Students are required to undertake considerable private study, covering large volumes of material at a fast pace. 
  • The study course starts in September and runs until the RCP exam.  The provisional dates provided by the RCP are:- Exam Application period 14 March 2022 - 3 April 2022. Exam Day 1 June 2022. Results release 27.7.2022

Please note that this course requires significant amounts of study, and based on previous student feedback we do not recommend to you plan to study for or sit MRCP or similar exams in the same year.  

Why this programme

The University of Glasgow course has been running as a continuing professional/personal development course since the late 1980s and benefits from a wealth of experience. The course is directed by Professor Michael Barrett, and led by Dr Christina Naula who are both passionate about the delivery of a quality course, meeting students’ needs to ensure their success in the RCP exam. This is reflected in the excellent RCP exam pass rate for University of Glasgow students.  

Student feedback:

"This is an excellent well thought out course."
"Excellent level of engagement with the course organiser."
"Brilliantly organised. Excellent quality of clinical teaching."
"I wholeheartedly enjoyed the DTMH Glasgow course."
"The best quality distance learning course I have done."
"Really high quality learning materials."
"This is an outstanding option for practicing clinicians – high level teaching combined with flexible schedule."

In the June 2021 we had the highest pass rate among UK courses at 80%. 


Fees & Scholarships

The cost of attending the Glasgow course in session 2021/22 is £3000. This is for both Home and International students.

Exam fees for the RCP examination are paid separately by you directly to the RCP, please see their website for details: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/diploma-tropical-medicine-and-hygiene


For session 2021-2022 we are offering 12 competitive scholarships.  10 of these are shared and offered in conjunction with Universitas Indonesia, University of Malaya and Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in Malawi and are open to medical doctors from these institutions. The scholarships are offered to build and strengthen healthcare capacity.  

Two further scholarships are offered in memory of Dr Hector Diaz Albiter. These scholarships are open to South American medical doctors.  Hector was a passionate parasitologist who specialised in leishmania-sandfly interaction, his ability to communicate science was unrivalled. Enthusiastic, bubbling with ideas and thrilled to see eyes open wide as he explained to anyone, of any age, willing to listen, the marvels of those insects that carry disease. These scholarships are offered to continue his spirit and enthusiasm.  

This scholarship covers payment of the following: 

  • study course fees 
  • RCP exam fees
  • Due to international travel restrictions candidates who can access local microscopy training with a clinical microbiologist  will be given preference – where possible we will endeavour to help facilitate this locally through our network of research partners 
  • When local microscopy training is not practical; travel to Glasgow for microscopy teaching and RCP exams as needed/permitted including costs of visa, return flights, transfers from airport and accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast)

Applications should be made through the Apply Now button on this page.

In their letter of motivation all applicants for these scholarships applicants should make a strong case for how they will benefit from the DTMH qualification and how this supports healthcare systems in their country of residence.  

The application portal closes on the 15 August 2021; please start your application early to ensure you are able to submit in time.  

Should you have any questions please contact Donald.Ross@glasgow.ac.uk


Entry Requirements

  • The entry requirements for this course are that you hold a primary medical qualification e.g. MBBS, BMBS, MBChB, MBBCh and that you are an FY2 and beyond.  
  • We recommend an IELTS score of 7.5, however, you do not need to have taken IELTS, or any other language examination.  
  • Please check you meet the RCP exam entry requirements by visiting: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/diploma-tropical-medicine-and-hygiene. 
  • You must have access to a computer and internet capable of accessing the virtual learning environment and Zoom, our online meeting place.  

How to apply

You must read the following guide to applying online below before starting your application. It will ensure that you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions

  • Do I have to apply online?

Yes, we are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

  • Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session? 

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

  • What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  1. A copy (or copies) of your primary medical qualification e.g. MBBS, BMBS, MBChB, MBBCh, MD
  2. Official English translations of your primary medical qualification, if the qualification is not in English
  3. A personal statement of motivation of roughly 500 words
  4. an up to date CV/Resume

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date. The online application portal gives you the option to upload a number of other documents, these are not required for this programme - we ONLY require the 3/4 documents outlined above. 

NB: We are unable to consider applications which do not have these documents uploaded by the deadline of 15th August 2021


  • Does my primary medical certificate need to be submitted online?

Yes, please upload your primary medical certificate with your application.

  • Can I email my documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. 
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. 
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. 

How to apply

  • Once you have all your supporting documentation you can apply through our Online Application System

We ask that you apply online for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene course. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

If any questions please contact our course administrator Don Ross

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