The programme is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment. You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to certain deadlines), using the study materials developed and supported by academic staff at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which take you through a programme of directed self-study.
Your study materials are mostly provided online via the Virtual Learning Environment. They may include study guides, textbooks, computer-based sessions and additional computer software (e.g. Stata), past examination papers and examiners’ reports.
All of your study materials are made available in October.
When you register, we will give you access to the University of London Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to module materials, resources, and forums to discuss module material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
- The LSHTM library resources
- The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
- Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
Teaching staff facilitate and moderate online discussions, respond to academic enquiries, and provide personalised written feedback and advice on assignments.
You should expect to study for 15-25 hours per week throughout the study year if you wish to complete your qualification in the minimum time allowed (one year for the Postgraduate Certificate, two years for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc). Most students take between three and five years to complete the MSc.
This varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments. More details can be found on course pages.
Exams are held in June each year. You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world (mainly Ministries of Education or the British Council). Each centre charges a fee for hosting exams.
More about exams.