Quality assurance

Annual Monitoring

LSHTM monitors the quality of its academic provision on an annual basis through a mixture of reviews at module, programme and faculty level. Academic staff responsible for the delivery of modules or programmes are asked to reflect on their teaching practice, to respond to student feedback and to ensure that no major difficulties have arisen and identify areas for enhancement. During the process they will draw upon key datasets from student surveys and student achievement as well as the annual External Examiner report.

Annual programme and module reviews feed into the wider cycle of quality assurance at both faculty and School level, with the overall aim to enhance the student experience at LSHTM.

External Examining

LSHTM operates a process of External Examining as part of its core quality assurance practices. The External Examiner is an independent and impartial adviser with experience and knowledge of UK HE sector practices. They will report on the academic standards set by the institution, confirm that sector benchmarks have been met and that student assessment has been conducted appropriately.  

The External Examiner verifies the assessment process and assures overall standards rather than seeking to judge individual student cases.

All External Examiners to LSHTM will be asked to confirm that threshold standards set for the award(s) are consistent with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) and any relevant Subject Benchmark Statements.

The information on this website is a guide to the External Examiner process at LSHTM for face-to-face taught provision.  For Distance Learning Programmes, the University of London oversees the External Examining process. Programme Directors, Exam Board Chairs and External Examiners for Distance Learning programmes are advised to refer to the regulation, moderation and examining guidance, and role descriptors provided by the University, which can be accessed here:

Student Charter

Student Charter (pdf) - summarises the standards of service LSHTM expects and aspires to offer students, as well as the standards of conduct which students should expect and aspire to follow in turn. Students and prospective students are encouraged to read this.

Quality and Standards Management

LSHTM ensures that all our taught and research postgraduate programmes meet sector requirements for academic standards and operate within a framework of regulations and quality assurance policies. The best practice that we follow is outlined in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.

The Quality and Academic Standards Office along with the Associate Dean of Education (Quality, Academic Standards and Collaborative Provision) work with the faculties to ensure that robust and comprehensive validation, annual and periodic review processes are upheld. This includes making effective use of the external examiner system and identifying opportunities for enhancement. The student voice is important to quality assurance management and there is opportunity to participate  through various means, including annual and module surveys, fora and committees, the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and periodic review.

LSHTM’s Quality and Academic Standards is governed by Senate and Senate Sub-Committees. This includes: the Senate Postgraduate Taught Committee, the Senate Research Degrees Committee and the Senate Student Experience Committee. Terms of reference and membership can be found on the Committees page.

Integrations with National Standards

The Office for Students (OfS) is the regulator of English higher education providers and do so on behalf of all students. See their regulatory framework and strategy for more details.

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is the designated quality body for higher education in England. A key reference point for LSHTM to assure and enhance the quality and academic standards of its provision is the UK Quality Code for Higher Education.

Our Credit and Qualifications Framework defines the underpinning structures for all modules and programmes leading to taught awards and research qualifications at LSHTM.

School Strategy

School Strategy (pdf)

External Reviews and Accreditation

LSHTM last underwent Institutional Review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in autumn 2012, looking at the quality and standards of our educational provision. This is a process in which all UK universities are required to participate every six years.

The review report confirms that the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 'meets UK expectations' in all the judgement areas looked at by QAA - academic standards, quality and enhancement of student learning opportunities, and public  information about the education we offer.

LSHTM has agreed a main action plan in response to the recommendations and affirmations in the report, which was published in May 2013 and has been regularly updated (most recently in June 2016) with progress to date. 

The Accreditation register lists award-bearing LSHTM courses specifically accredited by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Related links

Programme specifications

Please check individual course pages.

Programme and Module Amendments
Collaborative Provision

LSHTM has a dedicated Code of Practice for Identifying, Designing and Managing Collaborative Provision that sets out the processes and procedures for establishing and managing courses, programmes and modules delivered with collaborators. 

The strategic selection of collaborators is managed by LSHTM's Senior Leadership Team. Before work can begin on developing detailed paperwork for the introduction of a course, programme or module, using the processes outlined in the Code, you must have obtained agreement from the Senior Leadership Team.

The Code of Practice is supported by a number of documents, listed below:

The Collaborative Provision Register lists courses and programmes that LSHTM runs with its collaborators.

A further Quality Assurance Schedule describes the split of responsibilities for distance learning courses between LSHTM and the University of London International Programmes.

Staff are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean of Quality Management & Enhancement or the Quality & Academic Standards Team at the early stages of the process of identifying and designing academic collaborative provision, or to discuss the management of existing collaborative provision courses or programmes.

Student surveys

Find out more on the Have your Say website.

Periodic Review

Periodic Review handbook (pdf)