Study Course in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (leading to the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene)

Study Course in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (leading to the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene)


This course prepares medically qualified students for the DTM & H exam set by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in London. The course takes a blended approach to learning with most of the curriculum taught online.

 The course's main features are outlined below:

  • Course material and all teaching & learning activities are hosted on the virtual learning environment “Moodle”.
  • Material on the virtual learning environment is released in stage and updated regularly.
  • Learning & teaching material includes (but is not limited to) recorded lectures, online clinical case discussion forums, image banks, quizzes and external information.
  • Online live tutorials with exam focused clinical content are held fortnightly.
  • Two full teaching weeks (Monday to Friday). The first week includes laboratory practical work; the second week is largely lecture and workshop based, with an element of revision. The start dates for the upcoming teaching weeks are November 26th 2018 and January 21st January 2019 respectively. Please note that these dates are now confirmed
  • An additional HIV focused teaching day.   Update August 2018: This content will now be delivered fully online.
  • The practical teaching week allows students to gain the necessary microscopy experience and a certificate of microscopy competency. Students without certified microscopy competency are not admitted to the exam.
  • Lectures during the full teaching weeks are recorded for later access (practical sessions are not normally recorded).
  • Students are required to undertake considerable private study to prepare for the exam. Directed self-study material is provided, as well as suggestions for self-directed study.
  • Student-led revision tutorials are offered during the final months of the course.
  • The exam locations for the 2018 exam are Glasgow and Liverpool. The exam locations for 2019 are not confirmed at this stage. This is at the discretion of the RCP. 
  • The study course starts in mid-September and runs until the RCP exam in April


Please note: Applications for the 2019/20 course will open on the 15th of April 2019

Please direct all enquiries to Don Ross


Virtual Learning Environment

The virtual learning environment "Moodle" is a key part of the course. Learning and revision material is accessible through this site. Moodle also serves as the main means of communication with and between students.

Computer/Device/System requirements checklist

 Minimum versions for the internet browsers:

Google Chrome: 30.0

Mozilla Firefox: 25.0

Microsoft Internet Explorer:9

Javascript needs to be enabled within your browser.

Computer specifications

  • Processor – 2GHz
  • Operating System minimum: Microsoft® Windows® Vista Service pack 1, Windows® 7, Mac OS X v10.4.11+ 3.
  • Memory 3GB of RAM or more (quite a lot say 4GB)
  • Hard disk: 300 GB
  • Sound card and microphone plus speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher
  • Broadband internet connection: 1.5 MBs or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (latest Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+withlatestGoogleChrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online:
  • .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
    Headset (ideally with USB connector) 3. Web cam

Fees and application form

The cost of attending the Glasgow course in session 2019/20 will be onfirmed in November 2018. Exam fees for the RCP examination are paid separately by you directly to the RCP (and were £229 in 2018, but at the discretion of the RCP).

Please note that in order to sit the examination, you will require a primary medical qualification recognised by the RCP. If you are in doubt, please check directly with the RCP before you apply for this course. The decision on exam eligibility lies with RCP. You can download the regulations for the DTMH examination here. Contact details for RCP enquiries can also be found on this page.

Colleagues from other fields (e.g. veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing, biomedical sciences etc) are also welcome, however, only medically qualified students are eligible to sit the RCP DTM & H examination. A certificate of completion will be available on request. For those who do not want to take the exam, or have any further queries, please contact the course organiser.

Please note that the RCP regulations state that all assessments are conducted in English and that they recommend an IELTS 7.5. However, candidates do not need to have taken IELTS, or any other language examination, to sit the DTMH exam.

Please note that the RCP regulations state that confirmation of proficiency in microscopy (requiring a minimum of 12 hours of microscopy/practical parasitology teaching) within the last 5 years will be required for each candidate before taking the examination (this is completed in the November face-to-face teaching week).

The course is restricted to 70 places, hence we will accept on a first come first served basis.  Applications will be accepted until the commencement of the course in September.

How to apply

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.

You need to read the 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.



Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. 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:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

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. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.