University profile

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

2020/21 edition

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About London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

120 years of world-leading research and teaching

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. This year, LSHTM celebrates 120 years of health innovation.

LSHTM has a unique range and depth of work integrating laboratory, clinical, population and social sciences, and delivers 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 Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its response to the Ebola outbreak was named #1 University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2016/17.

LSHTM is also:

  • #1 in Europe for research impact in sciences by CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019
  • #3 in the world for public health in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020
  • #9 in the UK in social sciences and public health by US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2019

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 lecture halls and seminar rooms. Many of the 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 LSHTM's position as a UK leading centre for world-class research. They run hundreds of research projects and research groups working on all aspects of public and global health, while their 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.

Taster courses

LSHTM also offers 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 their 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 30,000+ active alumni offers strong networking opportunities through online platforms and in-country groups. LSHTM 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.

Study programmes

There are three faculties at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and we offer a range of postgraduate degrees, including 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

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

These 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
  • Insectaries
  • Library
  • Laboratories
  • 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.

LSHTM 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 LSHTM's funding pages

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 QS Top Universities 2018