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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice. Founded by Sir Patrick Manson, LSHTM began as the London School of Tropical Medicine in 1899 at the London Docks, and nineteen students formed the first intake admitted on 2 October 1899. LSHTM is now based in Bloomsbury, where it has two main sites at Keppel Street and Tavistock Place. Today, our staff, students and alumni work in government, academia, international agencies and health services across the world. This year, LSHTM celebrates 120 years of health innovation.


LSHTM is highly ranked in various university league tables:

•#1 in Europe for research impact in sciences by CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019

•#4 in the world for public health in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019

•#9 in the UK in social sciences and public health by US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2019

•Awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2017

•Named #1 University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2016/17


An internationally recognised research institution, LSHTM:

•Is a dynamic, international environment: students and alumni come from over 150 countries with over 40% from outside Europe.

•Has global career prospects: LSHTM graduates work in over 180 countries worldwide.

•Has full-time and part-time study options available, as well as flexible, online courses & intercalated study of Medical degrees. Research degrees and short courses (London-based and online) are also available.

•Belongs to the prestigious University of London consortium.


LSHTM’s Library & Archives Service provides access to a huge range of books, journals and electronic resources in the field of international public health and tropical medicine. Apart from the library, there are many others within easy reach, including the University of London Senate House Libraries, and the British Library, which are available for use of their students.


Seacole Social Café offers fresh and artisanal food for breakfast, lunch and light bites.


LSHTM offers guidance about accommodation options and signpost students to further information and resources.

Some of the options are:

  • University of London Student Homes - The Student Homes scheme offers an easy way for LSHTM students to secure affordable private accommodation managed by University of London Housing Services. Most properties are in Zone 2 or 3, within easy commuting distance of LSHTM.
  • University (Intercollegiate) Halls of Residence - These are student halls of residence, with rooms allocated to the different institutions belonging to the University of London (of which LSHTM is one).
  • Private Halls of Residence - Privately-run student halls range from very basic and quite affordable (sometimes run by a charitable organisation), to the more luxury end of the range, more like a boutique hotel.

Student support

The Students' Representative Council (SRC) is an independent, student-led body that represents the interests of master's and research degree students at LSHTM. All students registered for a programme of study with LSHTM become members of the SRC for the period of their registration unless they specifically opt out. All programmes of study have at least one elected student representative.

LSHTM has a Student Advice & Counselling Service team to assist students during their studies. It can advise students on non-academic issues such as accommodation or financial worries which arise during studies. A counselling service is also provided for students experiencing anxiety or stress, study-related or otherwise. All meetings are strictly confidential and impartial.


Voted no.1 student city by QS Top Universities in 2018, London truly is a global city. There are more international students here than in any other city in the world and its cultural wealth and diversity are reflected in its theatre, music, art and cuisine.

Lively cafés, markets and shops fill London’s neighbourhoods, while away from the buzz, students can relax in one of the many Royal Parks or along the River Thames.

LSHTM is located in Bloomsbury - an area with a rich academic, medical and literary history and which is characterised by beautiful Georgian buildings and garden squares. It is situated close to partner institutions of the University of London as well as the world-famous British Museum, and a short walk from Oxford Street, Soho and Covent Garden.

Campus life

LSHTM provides international student support to make their learning experience more enjoyable. It offers assistance even before arrival via its social media groups and live Q&A sessions online on topics from visas to accommodation to programme content.

Student Welcome

For the benefit of students new to London, LSHTM organises the annual Student Welcome. During this event, international students are explained about life in the UK - including healthcare, banking and transport in London. It’s also a great initiative for participants to meet fellow students before the term starts.

Master's entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement to be considered for master’s degrees admission at the School is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject
  • a qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
  • a master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed
  • a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed

Please be sure to check the individual programme for additional entry requirements.


MPhil and PhD requirements

At least one of the following:

  • a master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed (recommended)
  • a qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
  • an upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject.

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the English language requirements: Band B


English Language Requirements

As part of the application process, applicants are required to demonstrate how they meet the School’s minimum English Language requirements. This is particularly important for applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, as the UK Home Office dictates that every student from outside the UK and European Union (EU) must show evidence of a minimum level of English language ability (called CEFR B2 level) in order to be granted a Tier 4 Student visa and study in the UK.

Additionally, the School asks for English language proficiency levels that are necessary for our academic programmes, which is slightly higher than the Common European Framework for languages (CEFR) B2 level. These academic requirements also apply to EU students, although these do not require a Tier 4 Student visa.


Careers Service

The Careers Service team supports students with their career prospects by organising workshops, career fairs, career panels, networking events, alumni talks and practice interviews. Students can visit the career adviser to discuss any career-related matters.

University Highlights

Total students - 916


International students - 592


Total faculty staff - 653


Total students - 916


International students - 592


Total faculty staff - 653

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