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 open and close on the 31st of July.  Entry is likely to be highly 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 first week of August.  The introductory welcome tutorial is likely to be in the first week of September 2021. 

Due to government and university guidance we expect there to be further changes to the programme structure outlined.  Please revisit this page to keep updated on changes.  

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 16.4.2021


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 is likely to be in week commencing 29th November.  The format will be confirmed in late summer, but is likely to be in two groups, with one group on campus Monday/Tuesday and the other Thursday/Friday
  • An intensive online teaching week which is lecture and workshop based, with an element of revision in January. Dates to be confirmed.  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 in April. 

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."


Fees & Funding

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

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 
  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. 

NB: We are unable to consider applications which do not have these documents uploaded by the deadline of 31st of July 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.

Contact Us

If any questions please contact our course administrator Don Ross