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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel St, London , WC1E 7HT (View on Map)
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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.

Founded in 1899 by Sir Patrick Manson, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (the School) has expanded in recent years at its two main sites on Keppel Street and Tavistock Place. The School’s multidisciplinary expertise includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists, and we work with partners worldwide to support the development of teaching and research capacity.

The diversity of the School's students and staff is exceptional; 3000 Masters and research students come from over 100 countries and staff from about 40. The fusion of staff and student experience provides a rich environment for students not only to learn from the staff but, importantly, to learn from each other. Alumni work in over 180 countries and many hold prominent positions in health ministries, universities, hospitals and international organisations around the world.

The School offers Masters courses taught in London and via distance learning. Courses are comprised of a broad range of teaching modules taught by expert academic staff.

London-based MSc courses are offered full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Research degrees (MPhil/PhD or DrPH) are offered in all areas of the School's work.

Free Online Courses

The School has a number of free online courses that are ideal for prospective students interested in various global health topics. Find out more and register at:


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Virtual Open Day

Visit our Virtual Open Day! Take a 360 tour of the School, hear our Course Directors, current students and alumni talk about their courses; and listen to talks by our Careers and Student Advisers. You can also contact current students via the site to ask them questions about studying at the School.

Academic Strengths

The School is part of the University of London and is the University's major resource for postgraduate teaching and research in public health and tropical medicine. On successful completion of their studies, students gain a University of London degree.

Teaching and training are carried out by dedicated academic staff who are leaders in their fields and have considerable links with key universities and research institutions around the world, together with extensive academic, practical and international experience.

  • The School is highly ranked in various university league tables:

  • Awarded 'University of the Year' by the Times Higher Education World Rankings in November 2016

  • Ranked in the top 10 universities in the world for citation rate by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database,

  • Sixth in the world for social science and public health in the US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2017.

  • According to the results of the UK government's Research Excellence Framework, published in 2014, the School was ranked second overall (after the Institute for Cancer Research) on the key measure of impact.

  • In the 2016 CWTS Leiden Ranking, the School was ranked fifth in the world for research impact across all disciplines, based on the share of institutions’ outputs within the top 1% of papers by citation in all areas of science and independent of size of output.

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Students studying at the School have access to a wealth of knowledge, to the expertise of the staff and to unparalleled benefits gained from contact with people from diverse backgrounds and nations. The School's Library has one of the most comprehensive collections of books and journals in the field of international public health and tropical medicine in the world. Students have 24-hour access to the School's computing facilities or through a remote dial-in link.

Student Life

The School is located in the heart of London, immediately adjacent to the University of London campus and the British Museum.

Graduates of our courses go on to varied careers; international and national health services, health ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations, the private sector, hospitals and research institutes and some will pursue further research or academic studies.

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Reviews

  • Priya Morjaria from the UK studied MSc Community Eye Health

    After graduating from my Optometry degree, I worked in the UK as an Optometrist before applying for the MSc Community Eye Health. In order to meet the course requirements I decided to gain some experience working as an Optometrist in various countries: India, Burkina Faso and Malawi. I wanted to study a programme that would enable me to widen my horizons from the clinical aspect of eye health and be more involved with the community. Having lived in Tanzania, I want to go back to East Africa and contribute to the plans for eliminating avoidable blindness starting from the grass root level.

    The course has been a fantastic experience, giving me the chance to get an in-depth perspective of how to meet the VISION 2020 goals and also understanding the role of primary eye care in health care. The tutors have all been an excellent source of inspiration and motivation. The vast amount of experience and practical solutions from the large variety of speakers that we have had on the course has been greatly appreciated.

    Most of all, my colleagues on the course have taught me all about the settings in their countries and have become a never ending source of knowledge on topics ranging from basic human needs to public health situations in their areas of the world.

    Studying at the LSHTM and being a part of the International Centre of Eye Health has been a rewarding experience not just academically but also personally. It has been an opportunity to develop and learn skills that shall have a positive impact on my life.

    I would highly recommend LSHTM for its positive learning environment and as a place to share ideas and form global friendships.

  • Hilary Shapiro from the US, studied MSc Demography and Health

    When I graduated from my undergraduate course with a degree in Medical and Scientific History, I was looking for a Masters program that would give me a better understanding of the current state of medicine and health across the world. I wanted to better comprehend the health needs of different communities and countries and to learn about the origins of regional differences in health. LSHTM has an excellent international reputation for public health and research, and professors and mentors at my previous academic institution assured me that I would not go wrong in choosing to study at this school.

    My time here has been invaluable. I have found the professors to be attentive, approachable, and, most importantly, charged with enthusiasm to pass on the passion they have for their work to the next generation. The education has been solid and comprehensive: our first few months here were spent studying a wide range of courses which have laid a strong foundation for the rest of my studies and have given me the tools necessary to work in any sector of public health. Further months have been spent refining those skills and exploring specific subjects in depth. My classmates come from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds, and my daily interactions with them have enriched my LSHTM experience. Many courses promote group work, and learning from my peers has been humbling, for sure, but has also helped me to better appreciate the benefits of professional collaboration.

    I hope, after this year, to move on to take a degree in medicine, and I find myself filled with a sense of purpose and passion that I didn't have before coming to LSHTM. I would recommend this school (and my course!) to anyone interested in public health or population studies-I can think of no better way to prepare for a career in public health than through a course at this school.

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