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. 

At LSTM, we will help you to develop the skills you need to translate your research into a beneficial impact on the health of the world’s most vulnerable people and communities.

Research Areas

We offer supervision in the following research departments and centres:

Research Degrees

LSTM offers the following postgraduate research degrees: 

  1. PhD studies are undertaken over a period of between two and four years (full-time) or four and seven years (part-time).
  2. MPhil studies take between one and two years (full-time), or two and four years (part-time).
  3. 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.


By undertaking postgraduate research at LSTM, you will have access to:

  • High quality supervision from innovators and experts in your research area
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities, research sites, library and electronic resources
  • Opportunities to conduct fieldwork in countries such as Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, India, Nepal, and Saudi Arabia
  • A diverse portfolio of training and development sessions, as well as access to Vitae’s researcher development resources
  • A dynamic, vibrant research environment featuring regular events and networking opportunities


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; were treating patients after the 2010 Haiti earthquake; and have advised the UK government on responding to tropical and infectious diseases.  From medics and nurses to water and sanitation technical experts, from managing TB programmes to creating new vaccines, from measuring parasites to finding new molecules, 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