Postgraduate Study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Who we are
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 and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.
The School is highly ranked in various university league tables. It was named the world’s leading research-focused graduate school in the Times Higher Education World Rankings. In 2015, the School was ranked top in Europe for impact by the Leiden Ranking. In 2014, it was ranked second overall on the key measure of impact in the UK government's Research Excellence Framework. It was also in the top 10 universities in the world for citation rate by the new EU-supported U-Multirank database, and third in the world for social science and public health in the US News Best Global Universities Ranking.
The ‘cutting-edge’ and international character of the School’s research contributes significantly to the quality and range of its teaching and training. The School has a unique staff, student and alumni population; student to staff ratio is 1:3 and our alumni come from over 180 countries.
Why ‘Hygiene’? - Our history
Founded by Sir Patrick Manson, the School began as the London School of Tropical Medicine in 1899; nineteen students formed the first intake admitted on 2 October 1899. An institute to be called the School of Hygiene was recommended in 1921, and a united School, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was established in 1924. At that time, the term ‘hygiene’ was not restricted to its current meaning of ‘cleanliness’, but was used in the wider sense of the establishment and maintenance of health – now more usually described as ‘public health’.
What we do
The School provides a national and international focus for collaboration in teaching and research where clinical, population, laboratory and social sciences are integrated to address the broad issues of health. Training is provided through a range of taught MSc courses and research degrees, which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis, and some through distance learning. Some courses require previous training in biological sciences, medicine and mathematics, but a large number of our courses take people who have studied humanities, social sciences, anthropology, natural sciences and more.
Opportunities at the School
The School is part of the University of London, and on successful completion of their studies, students gain a University of London degree: a passport to academic and professional recognition the world over. Teaching and training are carried out by dedicated 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 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.
Our study opportunities play a key role in responding to the demands of public health professionals, clinicians, policymakers, academics and laboratory scientists for advanced and research training in the national and international medical and public health community. Many of our alumni hold prominent positions in health ministries, universities, hospitals and international organisations.
The School is located in the heart of London, and immediately adjacent to the University of London's central precinct and the British Museum.
The School has its own dedicated Student Adviser, able to advise students on non-academic issues, such as immigration and visa issues, accommodation, or financial worries which may arise during studies. The Careers Service advises students on a one-to-one basis.
Whatever you are interested in, you will find it in London – historical monuments, national archives, dynamic architecture, museums and art galleries, multi-cultural festivals, great restaurants, terrific nightlife and plenty of shopping!
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, The Study Team
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7299 4646
Fax: 020 7323 0638
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General funding sources
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