Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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

The application period will open on 29 January 2018 and close on 23 February 2018.

Fees and examination dates

Examination fee: £TBA
Examination date: 26 April 2018

Eligibility requirements

The RCP will accept applications from candidates who have completed, or are in the process of completing, an approved Tropical Medicine and Hygiene course. These include:

  • Glasgow Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene course
  • Sheffield Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene course
  • Médecins Sans Frontières Course in Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine (GHHM)
  • Oxford University MSc course in international health and tropical medicine
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: DTM&H course or MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: DTM&H course, MSc in Tropical and Infectious Diseases or MSc in Tropical Paediatrics
  • ASTMH-approved Diploma Courses satisfying the requirements for CTropMed.

Written evidence of attendance on one of the appropriate Tropical Medicine courses and confirmation of proficiency in microscopy (requiring a minimum of 12 hours of microscopy / practical parasitology teaching) will be required for each candidate before taking the examination.

Examination structure

The DTM&H Examination structure changed in 2016. The examination is structured as follows:

  • Morning –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).
  • Afternoon – preventative medicine and parasitology/entomology ‘short answer’ papers (2.5 hours).

Sample questions can be downloaded at the bottom of this page along with more detailed information on the DTM&H regulations.

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 DTM&H examinations. Candidates will not be permitted to sit the DTM&H examination if they are unable to produce suitable identification on the day of the exam.

There will be no exceptions to this rule, unless a specific arrangement has been agreed with the RCP before the day of the exam.


Examination results can be viewed online.


For further information, please contact the Exams Candidate Office (DTM&H):

Exams Candidate Office (DTM&H)
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place
London NW1 4LE


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