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Epidemiology (by Distance Learning)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine · Department of Epidemiology and Population Health

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

All applicants are required to have:

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in health-related disciplines or in statistics or another appropriate subject. Work experience in a health sciences or health care setting is desirable but not essential.

Applicants with an appropriate professional or technical qualification in a health-related field, which satisfies the University as a qualification equivalent to a second class honours degree, together with at least three years’ relevant experience, may also be considered on an individual basis.

Qualifications from around the world are accepted; for further guidance please see the School's qualifications for entrance. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in the written test and 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
  • TOEFL iBT: 100 overall, with 24+ in writing, 23+ in speaking, 22+ in reading and 21+ in listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic): 68 overall, with 62+ in writing and 59+ in listening, reading and speaking.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: 185 overall, with 176+ in writing and 169+ in listening.
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 130.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

If you do not meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, the University of London may also consider your application.

Computer requirements

The computer should have at least the following minimum specification:

  • a web browser with Cookies and JavaScript enabled (latest version of Firefox or Chrome is recommended)
  • a good internet connection
  • screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater
  • sufficient bandwidth to download documents/files of at least 50 MB

And the following applications installed:

  • Word processing software, for example Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
  • Spreadsheet processing software, for example Microsoft Excel
  • PDF reader, for example Adobe Acrobat Reader

Months of entry


Course content

Recent years have raised the profile of epidemiologists. However, pandemics are just one of the health challenges facing society. Cancer rates are also soaring. And so are other non-communicable diseases like diabetes. Study with us to investigate the causes of diseases, and to evaluate the impact of interventions for treating and preventing them.

Study Epidemiology by distance learning and you’ll benefit from our expertise in everything from infectious outbreaks to cancer survival, as well as from our industry links with organisations such as the World Health Organization and the UK Health Security Agency. While many of our academics are based here in London, our academic community spans high, middle- and low-income settings around the world.

Applying your epidemiologic skills, you’ll design and execute your own research project. Our students complete a variety of projects ranging from analysis of epidemiological data to the systematic review of literature on urgent public health problems. Students often design a research project that reflects the issues in the area they work. Examples of recent projects include a comparison of treatments for gastric cancer; physical activity and impact on wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic; and second-hand tobacco smoke exposure and risk of respiratory infection.

What you will learn

  • Explore the role of epidemiology and its contribution to other health-related disciplines
  • Learn how to choose appropriate epidemiologic designs and to develop detailed study protocols
  • Discover how to manage clinical health data, carry out appropriate statistical analysis, and rigorously assess results of studies
  • Discuss how to investigate the causes of health conditions and how to predict outbreaks
  • Understand how to review research findings in a broader policy context.

Find out more about the Epidemiology by Distance Learning programme on the LSHTM website.

The final closing date for all applications to study Epidemiology by distance learning (MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert and individual modules) is 20 September 2024.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the LSHTM website.
International students
Please see the LSHTM website.

For up to date information on funding available for postgraduate programmes at LSHTM, please visit our website.

Early payment fee reduction

An early payment fee reduction of 5% is available on any of our distance learning programmes if paid in full before 31 May 2024 for the academic year 2024/25.

You will be considered for the fee reduction if you receive an offer for the following programmes: Master’s, PG Diploma, PG Certificate or individual module in Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, Global Health Policy and Health in Humanitarian Crises. Please see the Eligibility and Terms & Conditions (this link will direct you to the University of London website).

First Generation Scholarships

LSHTM is offering two scholarships to support students in the completion of an MSc degree by distance learning. These initiatives are designed to enable excellent students from groups who have been historically underrepresented in Higher Education at the postgraduate level to study, feel a sense of belonging and succeed at LSHTM. Find out more and apply by 6 April 2024.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12-60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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