Diploma in Travel Medicine

The Diploma in Travel Medicine course is awarded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The next course will start on 19 September 2016.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to provide suitably qualified and motivated health professionals with theoretical and practical knowledge so that they can accurately and safely advise intending travellers on all aspects of travel hazards that may directly or indirectly affect their health and to increase the student′s awareness of the implications of illness in the returned traveller and the effects of travel on the host countries.

Applications for the next Diploma course can be made now to secure a place on the course for the 2016 intake.

Payment for the course can be made in installments. Please contact the course coordinator Lesley Haldane to discuss the options available. Please note that the Diploma is not awarded unless course fees are paid and up to date.


This multidisciplinary course is available to any health professional working in a relevant field. For nurses, a first degree is not a requirement. All applicants must submit proof of their professional qualifications in the form of original certificates or certified copies when they apply for the course. Applicants must also submit two referee reports. Because of the demand for places applications from suitably qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come first served basis if the course becomes oversubscribed. Incomplete applications will be returned. Candidates from overseas who may require a visa should enquire about the conditions they will have to meet to obtain a visa. If a candidate is accepted on the course and is then refused a visa no refund will be made unless proof is submitted that a visa has been refused.

Applicants must be competent with the following computer skills: email; internet searching; saving and managing Microsoft Word documents; and word processing.

Non-native English speakers should be aware they are required to be fluent in both written and spoken English to undertake the course.

Course Structure

This is a blended e-learning course. The course takes a full calendar year to complete and commences in September 2016. It includes:

  • Attendance (compulsory) introductory 4 days in Glasgow - 19 to 22 September 2016
  • Completion of Module 1 comprising 10 learning units of core material with written, and sometimes practical, assignments
  • Attendance of a (compulsory) mid-session residential week (5 days) in Glasgow 27 to 31 March 2017. The OSCE (practical exam) takes place this week
  • Completion of Module 2 comprising 10 further learning units; Module 2 is assessed in the final written exam
  • Completion of Module 3 comprising a small, original project carried out over 3 months
  • Completion of written and practical exam in Glasgow* (Overseas students can normally sit the final written exam in their home country, should a suitable venue be available and approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow examination office)


Library support and access to TRAVAX (the NHS travel health website) are provided. Each student is assigned a personal advisor who is a working health professional who can help with any course content or assignment content queries, course content queries can also be addressed to the Course Managers. Email/telephone assistance is available 9am to 5pm (Mon to Friday) by the Courses Administrator who can help with problems you may experience with using the e-Learning site. There is also a 'Getting Started' section on the site which contains details about how to navigate around our user friendly e-Learning site.


The Diploma in Travel Medicine course fees for session 2016/17 is £2995 (UK and overseas). Expenses incurred during the residential components are additional. Students have to book accommodation and make their own travel arrangements for the time they are attending the residential weeks.

An instalment option is available. Please contact the course administrator to discuss this option.

Award of the Diploma

All students must meet all the criteria to the satisfaction of the Diploma in Travel Medicine Examination′s Board in order to be awarded the Diploma. This includes:

  • Attendance of both residential components of the course
  • Completion and pass of Module 1 (including undertaking the OSCE. Passing Module 1 is a requirement in order to take the written exam)
  • Completion and pass of Module 2 (including the written exam combined with the OSCE mark)
  • Completion and pass of Module 3 (the project)

The Diploma is awarded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow at an admissions ceremony in Glasgow.

Hardware Specifications and Support

Students require a basic knowledge of using a PC, Microsoft word and email. You will be given a tutorial at the residential week, and there is also an on-line tutorial on how to navigate around the e-Learning website. Phone/email assistance is available Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) for students.

Course work enquiries should be addressed to your personal advisor in the first instance, or course manager, each advisor is a travel health specialist.

Applicants wishing to undertake this course must have access to a broadband internet connection, a modern web browser and a PDF reader installed.

How to apply

For an application pack for the Diploma in Travel Medicine please contact Lesley Haldane.

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