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Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

The Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) examination tests the knowledge of physicians who wish to practice medicine effectively in developing countries.

2021 fees and examination dates

  • Examination fee: TBC
  • Application period: TBC
  • Examination date: TBC

Eligibility requirements

Candidates for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene must hold a primary medical qualification recognised by the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP).

The RCP will accept applications from candidates who are in the process of completing, or have completed within the last five years, the approved tropical medicine courses in the following locations (which are recognised as appropriate training centres for the examination):

  • Glasgow Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene course
  • Sheffield Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene course
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: DTMH course, MSc in Tropical and Infectious Diseases, or MSc in Tropical Paediatrics
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: DTMH course or MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health
  • Médecins Sans Frontières Course in Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine (GHHM)
  • ASTMH-approved diploma courses satisfying the requirements for CTropMed.

Confirmation of attendance on one of the appropriate tropical medicine courses (as above), and of proficiency in microscopy (requiring a minimum of 12 hours of microscopy/practical parasitology teaching) within the last five years will be required for each candidate before taking the examination.

Applicants for the 2021 DTM&H examination are asked to take note of the temporary addendum to the examination regulations, which can be found in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

Examination structure

  • 100 ‘best of five’ questions, 16 of which are based on clinical images designed to test the candidate’s knowledge of tropical medicine and hygiene over a wide area (3 hours).
  • A parasitology/entomology ‘short answer’ paper (1.5 hours).
  • A preventive medicine ‘short essay’ paper (maximum of one side of A4, with answers in a bullet point format) (1 hour).

DTM&H admissions policy

Candidates are advised that the RCP enforces a policy of ‘no ID, no entry’ for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine and DTMH examinations. Candidates will not be permitted to sit the DTMH examination if they are unable to produce suitable identification on the day of the examination.


Examination results will be sent to candidates via email only. Letters will not be sent by post, and results are not available over the telephone or by fax.

All successful candidates will also receive a formal certificate of completion following results release.


For further information, please contact:

RCP Assessment Unit (DTM&H)
Royal College of Physicians
William Henry Duncan Building
6 West Derby Street
L7 8TX

Telephone: +44 (0)151 318 2020
Email: dtmh@mrcpuk.org