Research degrees

Work with LSTM's internationally renowned, leading experts and make a significant contribution towards your area of research.

Our postgraduate research degrees provide outstanding, highly motivated individuals from across the globe with the opportunity to work with world-leading experts at the cutting edge of new research. 

We offer supervision in the following research departments and centres:

Vector Biology
Tropical Disease Biology
International Public Health
Clinical Sciences
Malaria and other Vector-Borne Diseases 
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Snakebite and venom research
Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

LSTM offers the following postgraduate research degrees: 

PhD studies are undertaken over a period of between two and four years (full-time) or four and seven years (part-time).
MPhil studies take between one and two years (full-time), or two and four years (part-time).
MD studies take a minimum of two years (part-time).  

We offer opportunities to study full-time or part-time, in Liverpool or based ‘off-site’ – giving you the flexibility to integrate your research with your existing career or work in the field.  For further details, please see “Before you apply”. 

PhD students can choose from the following award titles: Tropical Medicine, Tropical Disease Biology, Vector Biology, Clinical Sciences, Global Health.

Career Opportunities

LSTM staff, students and alumni have played an active part in developing drugs and diagnostics for the COVID-19 pandemic; in the response to Ebola in West Africa and were treating patients after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. We advise the UK government on responding to tropical and infectious diseases in the capacities of medical, nursing, water and sanitation technical experts, managing TB programmes, creating new vaccines,  discovering new drug candidates. Our staff, students and alumni are making a real difference in the world.


Becoming part of LSTM’s dynamic, cutting-edge research environment will allow you to realise your potential as a researcher; to make a significant contribution to your field of research; and to prepare you for a wide range of careers in academia and beyond.

Research degrees