Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to an LSHTM master's degree programme, an applicant must:

  • hold either a first degree at Second Class Honours (2:2) standard in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC or the GMC.


  • hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.


  • have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.

If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees.

Additionally for the MSc Public Health for Eye Care, students are expected to be health care professionals involved in eye care, or to have an appropriate technical qualification and work experience.

Students accepted onto this MSc are typically:

  • Medical doctors already working in eye care (ophthalmologists, at any stage of their career), ophthalmic public health or eye health related research;
  • Optometrists with an interest in ophthalmic public health or eye health related research;
  • Medical doctors or intercalating medical students who have a strong interest in eye care.

Eye health programme managers or researchers with suitable experience in eye care delivery may also be accepted onto the MSc, even if from a non-clinical background, if their prior experience is deemed adequate.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band C.

It is possible to apply without English language test results however the results of a test may be listed as a condition of an offer of admission. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Intercalating students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at LSHTM.

Access and widening participation

At LSHTM we are committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds feel encouraged to apply to study with us. To that end, we have introduced an innovative contextual admissions system that is designed to consider any barriers applicants may have faced and take account of the circumstances in which their grades have been achieved, rather than relying on results alone. More information on widening participation at LSHTM.

Months of entry


Course content

Eye health has far-reaching implications for individuals and society. Yet many people face sight impairment and blindness due to inadequate access to affordable, high-quality eye care.

More than 90% of vision loss is treatable or preventable. Our MSc in Public Health for Eye Care focuses on the generation of evidence around eye health care, and the implementation of strategies based on that evidence – helping you develop better interventions and deliver better care.

Over one year (full time) or two years (split study), you’ll develop the specialist skills you need to move on from considering just the needs of the patient in front of you, to the needs of the entire population. With our mission to improve eye health services, particularly for people in low- and middle-income countries, you’ll be inspired and prepared to make global changes in the field.

What you will learn

  • Understand how general public health principles, health economics and statistics apply to the promotion of eye health for all ages
  • Discover and unpack the basic epidemiology of major blinding diseases and understand how to critically appraise interventions
  • Learn about prevention of blindness due to ocular infections and non-communicable diseases
  • Find out how to effectively design a comprehensive eye health programme for a community
  • Grow the professional skills you’ll depend on in your career, such as management, research and critical evaluation.

Find out more about the MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme on the LSHTM website.

Information for international students

The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2024/25 academic year is Sunday 21 July 2024 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa.

Find out more about the MSc Public Health for Eye Care programme on the LSHTM website.

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 application fee reduction for UK MSc Students 2024-25

Apply early and lock-in lower fees. If you are a student from the UK (and have a home fee status), you will be eligible to receive a 5% reduction in your tuition fee if you submit your application by Friday 5 April 2024 and subsequently register onto one of our in-person MSc programmes (some exclusions apply, see detailed terms and conditions).

You must be applying for full-time study on a programme starting in September 2024; be funding your fees yourself; and be a new applicant.

If you meet the above criteria and submit your application by the deadline, you will automatically receive the tuition fee discount.

Next Generation Scholarships

LSHTM is offering 10 scholarships to support students in the completion of an MSc degree at LSHTM. 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
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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