Is blended learning the right option for you?
If you're studying for an MSc, you have the option to chose up to two on-campus modules in place of two distance-learning modules. When you successfully complete a module, your grade and credit is transferred to your distance-learning programme.
Each on-campus module occupies 2.5 days per week for 5 weeks, and takes place in the spring and summer terms. (Autumn term modules are unavailable.)
Blended learning offers distance-learners a number of benefits:
- extending the range of the MSc,
- offering a concentrated period of study,
- the opportunity to meet other students and tutors in person and engage in face-to-face discussion-based learning.
However, before making this choice, you need to consider issues such as cost and time commitment.
On-campus study is highly intensive throughout the 5-week teaching period, especially if you study two modules. It may prove difficult to allocate further time to distance-learning modules during your time in London.
You will need to plan for this, especially if you are studying distance-learning modules that run in April and May.
Eligibility and restrictions
- To apply for on-campus modules, you must be currently studying or about to begin elective modules in 2017-18.
- Each course has a list (identified below) of any set modules that must be completed successfully in order to complete your course.
- To attend on-campus modules, you apply and pay the module fee directly to LSHTM - not the University of London.
- You cannot register for both a distance-learning module and its on-campus equivalent.
- Where on-campus modules have limited capacity, on-campus MSc students receive priority over distance-learning applicants.
- Some modules require background knowledge (check the prerequisites/requirements for modules you are interested in.) You may be asked for evidence that you have sufficient knowledge to benefit from the module.
Method of assessment
On-campus modules may be assessed through coursework or a short examination at the end of the 5-week teaching period. Full details are given in our module outlines.
Up to two modules by blended learning can be credited towards your distance-learning master's.
If you have registered for an on-campus module that has a distance-learning equivalent, you complete only the on-campus assessment. Do not enter the exam or complete any assessment for the distance-learning module.
- On-campus module assessments must be submitted by a specified deadline (usually at the end of the 5-week period), not the distance-learning deadlines.
- Not all assessments taken for blended learning can be retaken. If you fail the on-campus assessment, you may need to register and pay for an additional distance-learning module (see your Student Handbook).
Studying at the School
- Immigration/Visas: Non-EEA (European Economic Area) nationals will require immigration permission to study in the UK. This may require a visa application in your home country. See further guidance for non-EEA nationals. We cannot register students for on-campus modules without the correct immigration permission.
- Accommodation: There are many options in London. See more information on short-term options. It is your responsibility to organise and pay for accommodation for your stay in the UK.
Distance-learning students who wish to study modules in London are required to pay an additional fee per blended learning module.
If you have paid up-front for your MSc, the cost is £830 per module. If you are paying for modules annually, the cost is £1,600 per blended-learning module.
Confirmation of module costs and how to pay will be included in the offer letter sent to you if your application for blended learning is successful.
- If you are registering for distance-learning modules to take next year, please do not register or pay for any modules you intend to study by blended learning. We do not transfer module payments to LSHTM.
- If your fees are paid by a sponsor, it's wise to check that they approve of your choice to study by blended learning.
How to apply
Please complete the LSHTM Module Application Form (one form per module) and return by email between 1 and 30 September 2017.
Alternatively, return by post to Short Courses, Registry, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT. Do not return the form to the University of London.
Please include a brief CV with your application, and a short note explaining to the Module Organiser (who considers your application) why you wish to study this particular module in London.
LSHTM Registry will contact you to confirm your place on the module. If you have been accepted, you receive an official offer letter. Follow the instructions on this letter to register.
If your application is unsuccessful and you need to register for a distance-learning module instead you must do this through your Student Portal before 31 October 2017.
On rare occasions, the School may cancel modules two weeks before the start date if there are insufficient numbers. In such cases, the School will refund the module fee, though it cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel or other losses incurred as a result of the cancellation.
If you have any questions about the information given here or queries regarding your personal study progression, please contact your programme: