London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

London, United Kingdom

No. Students: 2,805
Funding type: Public
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* Leading postgraduate institution for research and postgraduate education in global health. Part of the University of London, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is the largest institution of its kind in Europe with a remarkable depth and breadth of expertise encompassing many disciplines. It is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK.
* A rich portfolio of master's, research and distance-learning programmes. There are almost 4000 students from 100 plus countries following 22 taught masters courses delivered either in London (around 650) or through distance learning (around 2700), and undertaking research degree training (around 400).
* International environment. Over 40% of these students are from non-European countries. The largest growth has been in distance learning students (more than 40% over 3 years), though the London-based student population (where accommodation limits growth) is at its highest-ever level.
* Global reach with the large alumni network. Alumni are working in more than 180 countries. The School has about 1300 staff drawn from over 60 countries.


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM or the "London School") is a constituent college of the University of London, specialising in public health and tropical medicine. Founded by Sir Patrick Manson in 1899, London School is a research-led postgraduate centre of excellence in public health, international health and tropical medicine. The School's mission is to contribute to the improvement of health worldwide through the pursuit of excellence in research, postgraduate teaching and advanced training in national and international public health and tropical medicine, and through informing policy and practice in these areas.

In 2008, the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed the School as a world leading centre for research. The School has been ranked one of the top three research institutions in the country in the Times Higher Education Table of Excellence, which is based on the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The results indicate that in both Epidemiology and Public Health and Health Services Research the School has the largest concentration of world leading research in the UK. In Epidemiology and Public Health, 35% of the School's research activity was assessed as 4 (world leading), with a further 35% rated as 3 (internationally excellent). This result is particularly impressive in light of the fact that the School entered by far the highest number of staff of any UK institution (135.37), more than double the number entered by any other institution. In Health Services Research, 30% of its research activity received a 4* rating, and a further 35% was rated as 3. In Infection and Immunology, 80% of research activity was rated 3 or 4. There are no current relevant world rankings of institutions of public health (including the Times Higher Education University Rankings), however, LSHTM remains one of the most prestigious postgraduate institutions in public health globally.



Finding a place to live is a very important consideration for anyone planning to study in London. There are many options for accommodation in a city the size of London, and the School is happy to advise students on the various possibilities. Some students can be accommodated in the University of London halls of residence and there are various student hostels throughout London offering student accommodation at reasonable prices.

In addition, applicants and students have access to the University of London Housing Service which offers a wide range of private accommodation. Further information on accommodation will be sent to successful applicants with their offer of admission and students are strongly advised to book accommodation, for at least the first few nights, before travelling to London.

Student Advice

The School has a Student Adviser, who offers impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues including accommodation, financial concerns, immigration and childcare. Where appropriate, students will be referred to external bodies who can provide further help.

Students with families

Students with spouses and children may wish to bring their family with them to London. The School can advise on matters such as schooling, childcare, accommodation, and immigration.

Students are advised to find suitable accommodation before bringing their family to London.


Students at the School have access to the Health Centre, very close to the School. Any particular concerns regarding health or disability can be discussed in advance with the Student Adviser.

Mental Health

The School offers a range of support to students with difficulties affecting their emotional well-being. Some students know they have a condition before coming to the School, or can experience mental health difficulties at some point during their studies.

Students are encouraged to contact the Student Adviser and to disclose any condition on the application form, whether it is a formally diagnosed psychiatric condition, or other form of mental health difficulty such as anxiety or depression. This allows the School to make contact with students at an early stage about their needs, to minimise obstacles in the application and admission process, to ensure that their specialist needs are understood and that they are supported throughout their studies.


The School has a counselling service which provides confidential support to anyone who is experiencing anxiety, depression or any other difficulty affecting their emotional or psychological well-being. Applicants are welcome to contact the counsellor for further information, in confidence.


The School welcomes applications from students with disabilities and aims to offer as much assistance as possible to accommodate your needs. The School will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the application procedure, courses and examinations are organised and delivered to give the best opportunity for full participation by all students. Please let Registry know if there is anything further that can be done to make the application and selection process as accessible as possible.

Applicants with a disability (including long-term medical conditions and dyslexia) can contact the Student Adviser who will discuss applicants' needs and any support required. The Student Adviser is also available to provide confidential advice and support and to answer queries at any point in a student's studies.

Further information can be found at the School's Disability Support pages.


The School can offer a range of support to students with dyslexia. Students are encouraged to disclose any specific learning disability (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder [ADD], Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD]) at the time of application. Identifying dyslexia on the application form allows the School to make contact at an early stage, to minimise obstacles in the application and admission process, and to ensure that applicants specialist needs and support for studies can be understood.

Students requiring access to specialist dyslexia support, or relevant adjustments (such as extra time in exams) will need an appropriate diagnostic assessment. Registry will require an assessment which has been carried out by an appropriately qualified chartered psychologist (or approved equivalent). Ideally students should have their report updated for postgraduate study before arriving at the School. For further information on diagnostic assessments, please contact the Student Adviser.

English Language Support

Students will need to show that they have a minimum standard of proficiency in English before they enrol at the School. Further details can be found in the How to Apply section of this Prospectus. Students who feel that their studies would benefit from additional language support can attend free weekly group English language classes provided by the School in terms 1 and 2.

Learning Support

The School offers a series of study skills workshops throughout the year, on topics such as effective reading and coping with exams. Academic support is also available from personal tutors and teaching staff. The Student Adviser can provide information and guidance on dyslexia and disability-related issues.


The Careers Service reflects the varying needs of students at the School, from those with established careers who wish to change direction, to those who have come straight from their first degree and dont know where to start. The School has two Careers Advisers, who are available to assist students on an individual basis, in small groups, or through School-wide events. Careers events include lectures and seminars on general issues, such as searching for jobs, making applications and interview technique, along with talks by relevant employing organisations.

The School regularly runs careers fairs at which representatives from non-government agencies and other bodies can advise on employment opportunities. The on-site Careers Centre offers a central reference point for job vacancies, careers literature and employer information. Students are also able to use the nearby Careers Group (University of London), which gives them access to one of the best resourced careers libraries in the UK, as well as careers fairs, courses and psychometric testing sessions.

University of London Union

The School is situated in Bloomsbury, the heart of the academic community in London. The University of London Union (ULU) is situated a minutes walk from the School, and offers a range of services to students, including refectories, bars, travel agent, shop as well as a gym, swimming pool and other sporting facilities. As a full-time student, you will also be eligible for discounts on travel, cinema and theatre tickets, and in some shops.

The Student Community at the School

The Students Representative Council (SRC) provides a focus for student opinion and identity with the School, through representation on committees and by acting as a link between staff and students. In addition to this, the SRC organises School-wide social and sporting events past activities have included a summer barbecue, an International Fair and a charity jog in Regents Park. All students are affiliate members of the SRC, and each MSc course and Research faculty has representatives who act as a focus and channel for student opinion. We hope you will want to get involved!

Student life

Students find London a stimulating and compelling place in which to live and learn, such that time spent studying in London frequently proves a life-shaping experience.

The attractions of studying in London are powerful, but not practical for all and so courses are also available through distance learning.

Students play a crucial role in making London so dynamic (there are more international students here than in any other city in the world) and your experience in this city will be unequalled in opportunities for study and enjoyment. Add to that, world-leading education and learning and you have a chance of a lifetime in London.

As a vibrant, multicultural and still safe city, London embraces the diverse cultures of its population. Whether it's reflected in the 300 languages spoken, food, colourful street markets, music or at one of the city's many festivals, in London you can mix with the world.

Whatever you are interested in, you'll find it here from historical monuments, dynamic architecture and museums and art galleries, to multi-cultural festivals, great restaurants and plenty of shopping.

On the academic front, London is a stimulating place containing many national archives, great libraries, museums, and research institutes. London is a major centre of medical education and there are many opportunities to attend public lectures at the School, other institutions and learned societies.

There's a great deal to do for free or at little cost in London , which is good news for students. More than 70 museums and galleries are free, including some of the big names such as the Natural History Museum, the Museum of London and the British Museum, which is only around the corner from the School.

With more than 1,800 green spaces and parks and the River Thames running right through the city, this is an interesting place to walk around and soak in the atmosphere.

Location: Bloomsbury

The School's main building is on Keppel Street (see map), situated in the heart of London, in Bloomsbury, immediately adjacent to the University of London's central precinct.

Bloomsbury has long been associated with the arts, education, medicine and London intellectualism. The area gives its name to the Bloomsbury Group (also Bloomsbury Set) of artists, the most famous of whom was Virginia Woolf.

Bloomsbury is the home of a staggering variety of academic institutions - as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, you will find the University of London buildings, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the School of Oriental & African Studies to name but a few.

Some of London's most beautiful public parks and green spaces are in Bloomsbury and in summertime, despite the fabled London weather, our students frequently take their studies into the open air.

There are also plenty of cafés and restaurants in the area to help fuel the cognitive process. Bloomsbury has some very reasonable places to eat and drink. (Including the School's Refectory.)

We are also very close to the shopping areas of Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, and Covent Garden, so there's no shortage of places to find souvenirs of your time in London .

The greatest challenge when you come to London is how to fit it all in around your studies!

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