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.
The School is highly ranked in various university league tables. It was named #1 University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2016 and was ranked #1 globally for tropical medicine research (CWUR 2017).
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.
Founded by Sir Patrick Manson, the School 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.
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.
The LSHTM Experience
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.
You’ll be based in the heart of academic London, just a short walk from the British Library and British Museum; with the West End just a little further away. You’re also close to other University of London colleges and their study and social facilities.
There’s a Student Advice and Counselling Service you can turn to if you need assistance during your time at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The school also has a disability support service that can provide help if you need it. In addition, students can have access to free weekly English language classes.
Student Advisers are also 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.