Continuing professional development 

Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Preparatory Course CPD: Blended learning

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Preparatory Course sits in The School of Infection and Immunity. It prepares doctors to sit The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries' examination leading to the professional qualification of Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

  • CPD: 10 months

Why this course

  • This 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 exam. This is reflected in the excellent exam pass rate for University of Glasgow students. (79% in June 2023).
  • Your qualifications, career path and letter of motivation will be considered for entry. We encourage applications from doctors who have completed their foundation years to retirement, and from all medical disciplines.
  • Student feedback - 2022

    • "Teaching was excellent- really well structured and clear”
    • "Excellent team running the course, very clear and prompt communication"
    • "The tutorials were the highlight of the course. They were really interesting and engaging"
    • "Excellent coverage at a good pace, extremely well organised"
    • "Very good teaching quality on a good array of subjects"
    • "Course is excellent, well-paced and easy to refer back to resources as needed"
    • "This is an outstanding option for practicing clinicians – high level teaching combined with flexible schedule"

Course structure

  • Material on the virtual learning environment is released weekly and is available on demand to allow you flexibility and control over your learning.
  • Online live tutorials with exam focused clinical content are held fortnightly.  These are recorded and available to watch on demand.
  • Students are required to undertake considerable private study, covering large volumes of material at a fast pace.
  • We recommend that you are able to commit to at least 5 hours per week of self-study for the duration of the course.

The study course starts in mid-September. Formal teaching stops in May and includes revision sessions. This gives you time to study for the exam which is scheduled for 12 June 2024. The exam is provided by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.

Microscopy training 

Proficiency in microscopy (requiring a minimum of 12 hours of microscopy/practical parasitology teaching) is an exam entry requirement of The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.

In session 2023-4, this was offered at:

  • The University of Glasgow, main campus (27-29 November 2023 and 4-6 December 2023). 30 November and 7 December have been added for optional self-directed learning (these days will likely be the same in 2024).

In January or February 2024, microscopy will be offered at the following institutions: 

  • Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), Blantyre, Malawi: 25-26 January 2024.
  • University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: microscopy 21-22 Feb 2024 + workshop 24-25 Feb 2024.
  • Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia: 31 January - 2 February 2024.
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Johannesburg, South Africa: 22-25 January and 5-8 February 2024. Please note that this training is limited to residents of South Africa.  
  • Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas (CIDEIM), Cali, Colombia: 21-23 February 2024. Please note that this training will be delivered in Spanish.   
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore, India: 22-25 January 2024.
  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India: 4-6 January 2024
  • Manipal University, India: 16-18 February 2024

These dates will be updated for 2024/5 as they become available.

If you wish to be considered for microscopy training at a centre other than Glasgow, please indicate this clearly in your letter of motivation.

Please note that this course requires significant amounts of study, including self-directed study. Based on previous student feedback, we do not recommend it if you plan to study for or sit MRCP or similar exams in the same year, or that you are studying towards a PhD or MSc.

Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Fees & funding

Fees (2023-24)

  • Students from high income countries: £2,900
  • Students who reside in a DAC listed country: £1000

Exam fees are not included. You will need to pay these separately to The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.


Course revision package (£250)

To support UofG course alumni preparing to sit the exam, we offer the following:

  • Full on demand access to course revision learning platform
  • Attendance at tutorials and revision sessions

More information about the revision course



For session 2024-2025, we are offering 15 competitive scholarships. These are shared and offered in conjunction with Universitas Indonesia, University of Malaya, Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas (CIDEIM), Cali, Colombia  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.    

Scholarships cover payment of the following: 

  • Study course fees 
  • Exam fees

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

In the letter of motivation, applicants for these scholarships 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 31 July 2024. Please start your application early to ensure you are able to submit in time.  

Should you have any questions, please contact   

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 have completed your foundation years.  
  • We recommend an IELTS score of 7.5, however, you do not need to have taken IELTS, or any other language examination.  
  • 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 only possible to submit your application once you have uploaded the required 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 letter of motivation of roughly one page – this should outline why you are applying, how it fits into your medical career, making reference to past experiences, current role and future plans. Please keep it relevant to the course and avoid reiterating your CV.
  4. An up to date CV/Resume

It is only possible to submit your application once you have uploaded the required documents. 

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 you have any questions, please email us at 

Application deadlines

All applicants

As there is extremely high demand for places on this course, the University has established an application process with application rounds. This process aims to ensure fairness and equity to applicants.

Round 1 application dates
  • 1 May 2024 to 15 June 2024. You will receive our decision on your application by 1 July 2024.
Round 2 application dates
  • 16 June 2024 to 31 July 2024. You will receive our decision on your application by 15 August 2024.