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What will I learn?

Programme Overview

The Diploma in Tropical Nursing (DTN) is awarded by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) as part of its suite of non credit-bearing Professional Diploma programmes aimed at enhancing the knowledge, skills and competencies of health care professionals working in low and middle-income resource settings.

The DTN aims to familiarise participants with common health issues in overseas settings, helping them develop their analytical, problem solving and practical nursing skills. The curriculum is flexible to include sessions relevant to current international events and also contains a strong laboratory element. The programme provides up-to-date factual knowledge and current best practice, as well as opportunities to develop practical hands-on skills.

The curriculum has been informed by the requirements of organisations deploying nurses in low and middle income countries (e.g. Medicins Sans Frontieres; Voluntary Service Overseas) and is designed to introduce common health topics that nurses and midwives are likely to come across whilst working in these settings.

The DTN begins with a period of self-study and formative evaluation (estimated 20 learning hours) before commencing an intensive, 3 week taught element. It concludes with a 3 week assessment period supported by online tutoring. This format of concentrated contact time combined with flexible self-study makes the programme accessible to participants concurrently engaged in professional practice.

This course aims to:

  • Equip participants with knowledge and practical skills relevant to nursing in low and middle income countries.
  • Produce graduates who are informed and effective professionals, able to work in teams as well as individuals.
  • Facilitate high quality learning that is informed by up-to-date knowledge and current best practice.
  • Develop independent and reflective approaches to study that will enable graduates to continue to learn in the future.

Which department am I in?

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Study options

Full Time (3 weeks)

Tuition fees
£1,800.00 (US$ 2,005) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee
Start date

21 November 2022, 8 May 2023


Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Pembroke Place,



L3 5QA, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants need to be a Registered General Nurse or Midwife. They need to have at least two years post-registration practice. The programme is taught in English. Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all learning components, or a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 88 for the Internet-based Test (iBT), with minimum scores of 21 for Listening and Writing, 22 for Reading and 23 for Speaking. Tests should be within their validity period of 2 years.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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