Diploma in Tropical Nursing, Short Course

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  • 74 days
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The aim of the programme - consistent with the School’s mission to improve health worldwide – is to prepare nurses and midwives to work in tropical and resource-poor situations by developing knowledge and understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of major tropical diseases and the cultural, structural and organisational aspects of working in tropical and resource-poor situations.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


N.B. The number of places on this course is strictly limited to sixty five. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, as the course is heavily oversubscribed. We accept applications up to a year in advance.

Course outline

This course is intended for nurses and midwives who have travelled or worked in developing countries, or who hope to do so. There are 65 places available.

The course aims to provide nurses and midwives with knowledge of the causes, prevention and treatment of major tropical diseases, through lectures and practical laboratory sessions. Nurses and midwives should also gain an insight into primary health care in developing countries; learn to maximize care with minimum resources, and understand the importance of promoting health through prevention rather than cure.

The course may cover a range of global health topics including: Anaemia and Sickle cell disease; Epidemiology; Immunology; Immunisation; Intestinal infection; Leprosy; Mother & child health; Medical anthropology; Nutrition; Parasitology; Refugees; Training traditional birth attendants; Tropical skin conditions; War wounds, and Water & sanitation.

The Diploma course consists of lectures covering tropical diseases and topics such as nursing in disasters and primary health care. Also there are laboratory sessions on the use of microscopes, how to diagnose malaria and other parasites. Academic lecturers are either employed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, or are external speakers. All of the lecturers are experts in their chosen fields.


Successful candidates will be awarded a 'Diploma in Tropical Nursing', a postgraduate award with 30 credits at level 7 (M level).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The course runs one day per week (Wednesdays from 09:00 to 18:00) for 19 weeks. Dates for the March-2016 intake: 9 March - 20 July 2016. 30 March is a holiday.
  • Full-time duration 74 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Study Topics

The course opens a window to topics for study such as Public Health, Primary Health Care, Emergency Relief, Medical Anthropology, Sanitation Technology, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Immunology, Parasitology, Conflict and Health, together with wide coverage of common Tropical Diseases.

The Diploma also incorporates a Laboratory Course, conducted in the Medical Parasitology Laboratory at LSHTM, for two hours every Wednesday afternoon. During this course the students learn to diagnose Malaria, Leprosy, Leishmaniasis, Filariasis and other parasitic diseases. Blood grouping, cross-matching and haemoglobin estimation are also taught.

Mode of Study and Learning Time
The Diploma in Tropical Nursing is taught face-to-face at the School’s main building in Central London, and is taken on a part-time basis only. Students study for one full day each week, Wednesdays, from 9:00 - 18:00 for 19 weeks. The programme runs twice a year, so may be taken either from approximately mid- September until the end of January, or from approximately mid-March until the end of July. It comprises a total of 320 notional learning hours, based on a mix of contact teaching time, directed study, and self-directed study time plus assessment. It is generally expected that students will spend on average 17 hours a week on study, including face-to-face sessions and private study. During the course of the programme, each week will typically include 9 hours of contact time within the School and 8 hours of self-directed study.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Who should apply for the course?

The Diploma course is available to registered nurses and midwives and it is recommended that they have two years post-registration experience by the start of the course applied for. Candidates must be computer literate.

Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English and of English comprehension. The School may ask the applicant to provide evidence of a satisfactory standard of English. The School has approved certain English tests.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 1630 International
  • GBP 1630 EU/EEA

*Payable by: 16 December 2015.


Some previous Diploma in Tropical Nursing students from the UK have obtained funding through application to organisations outside the School.

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