Diploma in Tropical Nursing, Certificate

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 4 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)


This course is intended for nurses and midwives who have travelled or worked in developing countries, or who hope to do so. The number of places on this course is strictly limited to 65.

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

  • Deadline and start date 9 September 2015 - 28 January 2016
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 4 months

      Students study for one full day each week, Wednesdays, from 9:00 - 18:00 for 19 weeks.

    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Diploma is assessed by a laboratory exam, a multiple choice exam and an academic, research based essay which will offer the student an opportunity to study a single topic in depth and use critical reading and writing skills. Candidates must pass all three components. Candidates should be literate in Word Processing and using email. Successful candidates are awarded a Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

By the end of the programme, students will be expected to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate capability to plan, implement and evaluate primary care interventions in tropical and resource poor contexts.
  • Development of a nuanced understanding of the issues involved in caring for people of differing cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds
  • Application and understanding of laboratory methods available at local and district level clinics in resource poor countries, for the diagnosis of infectious diseases and other medical conditions, and for managing patient care based on analysis of the laboratory results
  • Develop effective cross cultural communication skills in challenging situations and around sensitive topics such as mother and child health issues.
  • Management of major tropical diseases and other complex nursing care for example diarrhoea and vomiting outbreaks in a resource poor setting
  • Develop increased resilience and the ability to manage and improvise provision of care in resource poor or complex emergency settings
  • Develop skills and approach to lifelong learning and continuing professional development that is grounded in current research

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

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.

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.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 1630 International
  • GBP 1630 EU/EEA

*£1,630.00 for the September-intake

*Payable by: 17 June 2015 for the September-intake


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