Masters Degrees by Distance Learning
Students may study for a Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate or MSc degree by distance learning in five subject areas:
To check current funding opportunities for the distance learning programme, please visit our Funding section.
Opportunities also exist for students to take individual modules as short courses from the full Diploma/Certificate or degree programme, details of which can be found here.
The courses operate through the University of London International Programmes and applications must be made through the University.
Method of Study
The distance learning programme is self-taught using the fully comprehensive study materials provided. All the necessary reading material to obtain a specific award is supplied. Students will need access to a calculator as this is not provided. Access to a computer and the Internet is essential for those on all the distance learning courses. The Clinical Trials course is an online course supported by additional textbooks and reading materials. Study content for the Epidemiology and Global Health Policy courses is delivered mainly through the use of interactive CD-ROMs and other associated materials. Module materials for the Infectious Diseases and Public Health courses are delivered through use of study guides, textbooks and other reading materials. Students receive academic support and assessment feedback from subject tutors, and the use of web-based conference systems is strongly encouraged. Students can also arrange networking and mutual support with others studying on the programme.
The time commitment needed by each student to successfully complete the course varies. A rough guide is that to complete in the minimum period (one year for the Postgraduate Certificate, two years for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc) students should be prepared for not less than 15 hours of study per week during the first year, and 30 hours per week in the second. Postgraduate Certificate students have a minimum period of one year and a maximum of five years, to complete. Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students have a minimum period of two years and a maximum of five years in which to complete their course.
Funding - Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Scheme
Please note that scholarships available from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for those wishing to start MSc studies in October 2014 are only applicable to those who are working in or affiliated to specific research institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and south-east Asia where the LSHTM has collaborative research partnerships. Initial scholarship applications can only be made through these institutions. Eligibility criteria and details of the participating institutions are available from the LSHTM (firstname.lastname@example.org). No other scholarship opportunities are currently available this year.