About London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Established in 1899, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is dedicated to improving health worldwide through training the next generation of health leaders to address major public and global health challenges.
We have a unique range and depth of work integrating laboratory, clinical, population and social sciences, and we deliver a wide range of health programmes, both in London and by distance learning.
LSHTM is famed for its international, cultural, professional and academic diversity. Students benefit from exposure to a broad range of perspectives, which expands their knowledge across a multitude of disciplines. Programmes are taught by experts in their field, whose own research often informs the teaching curriculum.
Highly ranked in various university league tables, LSHTM won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its response to the Ebola outbreak, and remains in the top universities for research impact. It was named #1 University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2016/17.
LSHTM is also:
- #1 UK university for the proportion of academic research with women listed as authors - 2019 CWTS Leiden Ranking.
- #4 in the world for Public Health - ShanghaiRanking 2019
- #13 in the world in the fields of social sciences and public health - US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2019
- #27 in the world for medicine - 2019 QS World University Rankings
- #1 in Europe for research impact in sciences, based on proportion of publications that belong to top 1% most frequently cited publications - 2018 CWT Leiden Ranking.
- Awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2017 in recognition of our response to the 2014/15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa
- #1 University of the Year 2016/17 - Times Higher Education awards
Our teaching staff are all experts in their respective fields and continue as active researchers, bringing their wealth of experience and up-to-date knowledge directly into the classroom. Many of our staff are well renowned, so students may find themselves being taught by figures they have read about in previous studies.
The results of the latest Research Excellence Framework confirmed our position as a UK leading centre for world-class research. We have hundreds of research projects and groups working on all aspects of public and global health, while our strategic research centres focus on major health threats at home and overseas.
Examples of projects have included:
- Drones and phones: how mobile tech is fighting global diseases. Read more.
- Where humans and animals collide: Emerging infections and newfound resistance. Read more.
- In search of better vaccines: creating the route to ending a disease. Read more.
We also offer a range of free online courses as a way for students and professionals who would otherwise be unable to undertake a course at LSHTM due to work commitments or lack of funding to benefit from our cutting-edge research and world-class teaching.
These courses cover important topics linked to global health and give an introductory overview at postgraduate level on various topics. Courses are regularly updated and available at different times of the year. We are continuously developing new courses.
Future career prospects
LSHTM has dedicated careers consultants available to students. They offer one-to-one help with interviews, CVs and applications. The careers service is available to students for two years after graduation.
LSHTM’s community of 20,000+ active alumni offers strong networking opportunities through online platforms and in-country groups. School graduates go on to work in a range of capacities in NGOs, ministries of health, health services in the UK and overseas, academia, charities and private industry. Read more about our graduate careers and destinations.
English language support
Students will need to show that they have a minimum standard of proficiency in English before they enrol at the School. Students who feel that their studies would benefit from additional language support can attend weekly academic English language classes provided by the School after registration. Prior to the start of the academic year, applicants can also enrol on the Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes.
There are three faculties at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and we offer a range of MSc and research degrees within these fields:
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
- Clinical Trials (Distance Learning) (MSc / PGDip / PGCert)
- Demography & Health (Distance Learning) (MSc / PGDip / PGCert)
- Demography & Health (MSc)
- Epidemiology (Distance Learning) (MSc / PGDip / PGCert)
- Epidemiology (MSc)
- Global Mental Health (MSc)
- Medical Statistics (MSc)
- Nutrition for Global Health (MSc)
- Public Health for Development (MSc)
- Reproductive & Sexual Health Research (MSc)
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
- Control of Infectious Diseases (MSc)
- Immunology of Infectious Diseases (MSc)
- Infectious Diseases (Distance Learning) (MSc / PGDip / PGCert)
- Medical Entomology for Disease Control (MSc)
- Medical Microbiology (MSc)
- Medical Parasitology (MSc)
- One Health (Infectious Diseases) (MSc)
- Public Health for Eye Care (MSc)
- Tropical Medicine & International Health (MSc)
- Veterinary Epidemiology (MSc)
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
- Global Health Policy (Distance Learning) (MSc)
- Health Policy, Planning & Financing (MSc)
- Public Health (Distance Learning) (MSc / PGDip / PGCert)
- Public Health (MSc)
Streams available for Public Health are
- Environment & Health
- Health Economics
- Health Promotion
- Health Services Management
- Health Services Research
- Public Health (General stream)
The School provides a stimulating environment with state-of-the-art facilities in which to carry out research training in the three academic faculties.
Programmes lead to a University of London degree of DrPH, MPhil and PhD.
Minimum English language entry requirements
- Cambridge English Advanced Test: B
- IELTS: overall score of 7.0
- Pearson PTE Academic: overall score of 68
Facilities and support arrangements
- IT support
- Student Advice and Counselling Service
Fees, funding and cost of living
Please refer to the LSHTM website for up to date information on fees & funding.
The School offers a number of scholarships each year, which are normally advertised from November to May. Up-to-date information on scholarships, along with resources to help applicants find funding from other sources, is available on the School’s funding pages
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