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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.

2023 fees and examination dates

  • Examination fee: £422
  • Application period: Monday 27 March 2023 - Sunday 16 April 2023
  • Examination date: Thursday 15 June 2023
  • Results release date: 10 August 2023.

Results will be distributed via email. Please email us at dtmh@rcp.ac.uk if you have not received your results by the end of the above working day.

How to apply

Candidates will be able to apply for our Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene exam via an application button that will go live on this current webpage when the application period opens. The application button will take you through to an application form via our online exam provider called Orzone. You may have to create an account on Orzone once applying for the exam. You will then be required to pay the full fee when applying.

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.

Examination structure

  • Two 50 question ‘best of five’ papers, designed to test the candidate’s knowledge of tropical medicine and hygiene over a wide area (1.5 hours per paper – 3 hours total)
  • A parasitology/entomology ‘short answer’ paper (1.5 hours)
  • A preventive medicine ‘short essay’ paper (1 hour).

All four papers are delivered online via our software partner, Orzone. All four papers are completed on the same day, with suitable breaks scheduled between each paper. Full details regarding what to expect on an exam day can be found in the Online Examination FAQ in the downloads section at the bottom of the page.

Once you have been confirmed eligible, our team will confirm the time you are required to sit each paper.


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:

Telephone: +44 (0)151 318 2020
Email: dtmh@rcp.ac.uk