MSc Tropical and Infectious Diseases


FULL-TIME: 1 year - Accepting Applications for programme starting 14 September 2015

Programme Contact: Registry, E:

Director of Studies: Dr Ralf Weigel


MTID StudentsDr Rachel Saunders (Student from 2012/13)

My interest in infectious diseases began after travelling around Africa and going on expeditions.  At the end of my foundation training I knew I did not want to immediately start training, but I wanted my timeout to contribute towards my CV.  I had heard about Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s great reputation and began to research masters options.  My registrar had recommended the Masters in Tropical and Infectious Disease and its interactive teaching suited my style of learning.

I was one of two British students on the course, and found the wealth of knowledge and experience brought by the other students from all corners of the globe to be invaluable.  It was fantastic to hear how other doctors of all grades, from Nigeria to Columbia, tackled infectious diseases during their day-to-day working lives.The course gave me a strong infectious disease knowledge base, combined with a practical public health application.   I was surprised by the wide variety of self-selected module options available in medical, biological and public health fields.  The variety of choices was also reflected in the dissertation options, which were supported by a practical and theoretical research module.  Following my masters I am in the process of publishing my dissertation and have presented it at a regional and national conference.

I had a fantastic year and it has undoubtedly changed my outlook and my clinical practice. I can 100% say that it has made me a better doctor and I am more confident and looking for more opportunities. The lecturers and staff at LSTM are fantastic and I can't praise them enough. The teaching I received was the best I have ever had and the passion of the teachers is inspiring. I learnt so much from them, not just about the topic they were talking about but from their experiences and research. It was without doubt the hardest year of my life and I am extremely proud of what I have achieved with my MSc. (Alumni Survey 2014)

Programme Outline
The programme focuses on the diagnosis, management and control of the most prevalent diseases in developing countries, with particular reference to high burden diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea. Emphasis is also given to the development of research skills applicable to a wide range of problems in clinical and epidemiological settings. Participants complete a short project, which can include a 2 month period of applied research in an overseas location.

Programme Aims

The curriculum has been designed to take account of current national and international priorities and policies in the field of tropical and infectious diseases. It aims to:

  • Provide doctors with previous experience in high burden diseases with research skills relevant to tropical and infectious diseases in low income countries
  • Develop participants' knowledge and comprehension of the preventive and curative management strategies that promote health and well-being in tropical countries
  • Equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose, manage and control tropical parasitic, bacterial, viral and fungal infections of children and adults in a variant of regional and resource settings
  • Enable participants to comprehend and conduct heath-related research
  • Produce graduates who are experienced, committed, informed, proactive and effective professionals, capable of taking substantial and leading professional roles
  • Deliver high quality teaching that is informed by current research
  • Develop approaches to study that will enable graduates to continue to learn in the future



The best thing about the MSc was the overseas research project. I really cannot stress how actually doing the whole process from concept, to ethics, to designing consent forms and executing and analysing things was just brilliant. I am forever grateful for the opportunity. (Alumni Survey 2014)

Entrance Requirements

  • Medical degree plus at least two years' experience of professional work after qualification
  • Other candidates who are suitably qualified by higher study or research may be considered
  • Experience of working in a developing country is desirable
  • English language requirements

Partial Scholarships available - scholarship information sent out after reaching "Conditional Offer" stage in the applications process. For further details on scholarships, please visit the scholarships page - /learning--teaching/applying-to-lstm/scholarships/

Career Opportunities
Many alumni of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine hold prominent positions in health ministries, universities, hospitals and international organisations throughout the world. Graduates are competitively placed to begin PhD programmes, seek employment as research assistants, work in developing countries with a wide variety of employers, or return to previous employers with enhanced knowledge and skills with which to advance their existing careers. The programme provides a wide range of skills and training for doctors planning academic and clinical careers in the tropics. It is an excellent qualification for doctors who wish to work in the field of health research in either a clinical or community context as well as with international organisations specialising in health assistance-related activities.