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.
Study materials vary between modules and are delivered either solely or partially online. (See our module pages for details.)
These may include study guides, textbooks, computer-based sessions and additional computer software (e.g. Stata), past examination papers and examiners’ reports. You will also receive details of how to use the online learning environment effectively.
When you register, we will give you access to your 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 and the Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.
Teaching staff provide written, personalised feedback and advice on assignments. You can also communicate with other distance learning students, and set up your own learning support groups.
Study on campus
If you’re a registered student on the MSc or Postgraduate Diploma, you can come to London and study up to two of your elective modules at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. We call this Blended Learning.
Each on-campus module lasts five weeks (based on a study pattern of 2.5 days per week). These normally take between January and May, and you apply directly to the School for admission.
Find out about blended learning.
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.