University profile

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

2017/18 edition

About London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health.

Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

Founded in 1899 by Sir Patrick Manson, the School is part of the University of London. We work with partners worldwide to support the development of teaching and research capacity.

income has grown to over £124 million per year from national and international funding sources including the UK government, the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and philanthropic sources.


Worldwide reputation

The School is in various university league tables:

  • Number one University of the Year in recognition of our response to the Ebola epidemic (Times Higher Education, Nov 2016)
  • Number one globally for tropical medicine research (CWUR 2017).
  • Sixth in the world in the fields of social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2017)
  • Fifth in the world for research impact across all disciplines (CWTS Leiden Ranking 2016)
  • 25th in the world for medicine in the (QS World University Rankings 2017).


Taster courses

The School has recently launched a number of . These are ideal for prospective students who wish to explore what it would be like to study at the School before having to commit to a full programme either in London or via distance learning.

Future career prospects

The School has over 20,000 alumni working in around 180 countries. 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.

The hosts workshops and webinars to support job-seeking skills such as writing CVs, interviews, networking and career planning. Students gain regular exposure to employers through informal sessions with alumni, alongside panel discussions and presentations by key relevant organisations. Career planning with our professional careers consultants can help students to tackle their next career transition.

Lifelong professional networking is facilitated by the diversity of student and alumni backgrounds.

English language support

Students will need to show that they have a minimum 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.

Our Courses

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

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Streams available for Public Health are

Research Degrees

The School provides a stimulating environment with state-of-the-art facilities in which to carry out in the three academic faculties.

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

  • Academic staff to student ratio 1:3
  • IT support
  • Insectaries
  • Library
  • Laboratories
  • Student Adviser
  • Student Counselling Service

Fees, funding and cost of living

Full fees and costs are listed on the ; these vary from course to course.

It is expected that single students who budget carefully and efficiently should be able to live modestly in London on approximately £16,000 for a calendar year. Tuition fees for the course and any travel to and from the United Kingdom should be added to this sum.

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 .

Student life

The School is in the heart of Central London, in Bloomsbury, with close links to nearby partner institutions of the University of London. As a cultural hub, Bloomsbury also houses the British Museum and the British Library and has a rich creative history, accommodating many great writers and artists, past and present.