University profile

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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2018/19 edition

About London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Established in 1899, 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.

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Worldwide reputation

Highly ranked in various university league tables, LSHTM won the in recognition of its response to the Ebola outbreak, and remains in the . It was named .

LSHTM is also:

  • 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).

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 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.
  • Where humans and animals collide: Emerging infections and newfound resistance.
  • In search of better vaccines: creating the route to ending a disease.
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Taster courses

We also offer a range of 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.

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 Advice & Counselling Service

Fees, funding and cost of living

Please refer to the 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

Student life

A global city of cultural wealth and diversity, London has a wealth of great art, theatres, museums, music and cuisine, as well as green spaces including parks, squares and gardens dotted throughout the city.

You’ll be based in the heart of academic London, just a short walk from the British Library and British Museum; with the West End just a little further away. You’re also close to other University of London colleges and their study and social facilities.

London has been ranked the #1 student city by