Flexible studies in health, anywhere in the world

Study a flexible, online postgraduate programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and earn a world-recognised degree with one of the best public health institutions in the world. Build up your qualification from postgraduate certificate to a diploma or a master's degree, and advance your career.

Why study via distance learning?

Learn as you earn

Whether you are a medical professional in the field or a policy worker for a non-governmental organisation, you do not have to give up your career to take time out for study. Studying via distance learning whilst working means that you will complement your professional experience with knowledge and skills for future opportunities, applying your learning to your work as you go. You will also use your work experience to inform your studies. This simultaneous exchange of knowledge will be invaluable to you, and you will have gained a prestigious globally recognised qualification, too.

Spread the cost

The flexible nature of the distance learning model means that you can choose to pay per module rather than paying the whole course fee up-front. This allows you to spread the cost over the lifetime of your programme, which often makes it more affordable than traditional face-to-face courses.

With our online programmes, no matter where you study, your tuition fees won’t differ. Studying from your chosen location means less commuting, and more time for you and your studies.

Experience campus life, too

Our postgraduate diploma and MSc distance learning students love that they have the opportunity to get a taste of campus life at the LSHTM in London by studying up to two modules during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. This is a great option if you like the independence of distance learning but still want to meet professors, lecturers and fellow students. Our students and staff come from such a huge diversity of social, academic, international and cultural backgrounds, so there is much to gain from interacting with LSHTM’s global community, both online and face-to-face. Below you can read about alumna Sandy's experiences of studying via blended learning.

Be part of a like-minded global community

You will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from materials, research, students and academics from all over the world. This means that you will gain a truly international perspective on public and global health, whilst learning research, planning and self-study skills.

With a rich history of 120 years of world-leading research and teaching, LSHTM has built a strong and diverse international network of academics, alumni, students and partners. They all contribute to our mission of improving health worldwide and have helped to establish our place as one of the top public health institutions in the world.

Academic and research excellence

We are leaders in research with outstanding results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 which confirmed LSHTM’s position as one of the UK's leading centres for world-class research.

We are consistently ranked highly in various global university league tables and have a strong academic and media presence worldwide. We are #3 in the world for Public Health (ShanghaiRanking 2018) and #6 in the world in the fields of social sciences and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking 2018).

We also received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2017 in recognition of our response to the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic in West Africa and were named University of the Year 2016/17 by Times Higher Education. Find out more about why you should study at LSHTM.