The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to certain deadlines), using the study materials provided and with support available from academic staff.
Your materials are provided via a dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). These include:
- Fully interactive self-directed sessions on each topic;
- Audio and video case studies;
- A compendium of resources, including relevant papers and reports.
- Access to the University of London and LSHTM online library resources.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
- 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.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
This course requires 300 hours of learning:
- Self-study / self-directed learning (working through course materials, general reading, online learning and engagement), 160 hours.
- Assessment, review and revision, 40 hours.
- Project, 100 hours.
For the project, you submit a brief summary in February and the final report in May. This comprises 40% of your final mark. The unseen examination for this module, PCM100, is held in June. This makes up 60% of your final mark.
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.