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Applications are now closed for entry in October 2020. Applications will re-open in September for entry in October 2021.

Please visit the University course pages for further details about the course and details on how to apply.


The MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine is open to candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds, both medical and non-medical. Candidates must nevertheless meet all following criteria:

  • Academic record (MD or BA BSc at least equivalent of 2.1 in UK university in a relevant field). Relevant fields include all allied health professions degrees, any basic science, international development, international relations, human geography, anthropology.
  • Experience of global health issues including at least one year's experience in a resource limited context. The one year's experience may include all work related to health but also work with government and non-governmental organisations related to health (such as water and sanitation) and in educational roles.
  • English language proficiency at the higher level. If your first language is not English or if your first language is English but you are not a national of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you must supply evidence that you have reached the relevant higher level. Please read the following guidance on proficiency in English for further information. Please note that you do not need to submit the English language test result when you submit your application. Any offer of a place will be conditional on your supplying your English language test result at the higher level.

Please visit the course page on the University website for the full selection criteria.

Various funding opportunities are available for this course. Students can also carry on a 3-year DPhil programme (equivalent to a PhD) with the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.


Course Fees:

Home/EU: £18,455

Overseas: £38,945

Living Costs: Visit the University Living Costs page for an estimate of how much it costs to live and study in Oxford.

Admissions to 1+3 Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership

Visit the Grand Union DTP website for information on 1+3 (MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine followed by a 3-year DPhil (equivalent to a PhD). Candidates wishing to apply for the 1+3 should submit with their MSc IHTM application a brief proposal of up to two pages for their DPhil research project along with the names of two supervisors (at least one of which should be NDM) by the Grand Union DTP January deadline.
If admitted on the MSc IHTM, your research proposal will be forwarded to the DPhil admission panel for consideration. Candidate will then formally apply to the DPhil once registered on the MSc.


We encourage eligible candidates from resource limited contexts to apply. The scholarship is available for 2018-19 and funding may be available for high quality applicants on a case by case basis for candidates from the following countries:

Angola, Cameroon, Chad, China, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

There is no separate application process in order to apply for these scholarships. All eligible candidates will automatically be considered.

*Please note that current employees of ExxonMobil or ExxonMobil affiliates and their immediate families are not eligible for this scholarship.


Visit the University Graduate pages for funding opportunities

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission have now opened applications for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships on their website.  In order to be considered, applicants must hold British Protected status or are nationals of (or have been granted refugee status by) and are ordinarily resident in one of the following developing Commonwealth countries, as specified by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission:

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, or Zambia.

Eligible candidates must:

  1. Complete the online scholarship application form issued by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission by 16:00 (GMT) on 18 December 2019. Candidates who do not complete the CSS online application form will not be considered for a scholarship.
  2. Submit your application for graduate study by either Friday 15th November 2019 or Friday 10th January 2020 for entry in October 2020.

This scholarship is only tenable at Brasenose College. All eligible applicants will be considered, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be transferred to Brasenose College in order to take up the scholarship.

Further details can be accessed via:

Selection is expected to take place by July 2020.

What are the English Language requirements for this course?

If you are an international student you will need to provide proof of your English Language proficiency. The Application guide lists the full details of everything you will need when applying to Oxford including information regarding the English Language requirements.

If you are eligible to apply for an English Language waiver, you will need to include the relevant details in your original application.

What do you mean by “Experience of global health issues including at least one year's experience in a resource limited context?”

Successful applicants for this Master’s course will be able to demonstrate experience in any aspect of work related to health, provided that it is gained within a resource limited context. Previous students have had diverse backgrounds covering a broad range of fields including: engineering, journalism, environmental management, and a variety of healthcare professions within government and non-governmental organisations, education-related environments etc.

We encourage a diverse cohort both geographically and in terms of academic/professional background to promote peer learning.

Should all reference letters be academic references or can I provide a mix of academic and professional references?

At least one of your references must be an academic reference, but you can provide professional references as well.

I am unsure how to fill in certain fields in my application, can you help?

Graduate Admissions has prepared a helpful Application guide on filling in your application to Oxford.

If you need further assistance, please contact Graduate Admissions directly.

What happens after I apply?

For full details, please visit the graduate admissions website.

Information about living in Oxford:

Visit the Graduate page Living in Oxford