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General entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

LSHTM's minimum entry requirements for each of its degrees are listed below. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement for the programme of their choice but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission.

Master's programmes (intensive)

The normal minimum entry requirement to be considered for master’s degrees admission at LSHTM is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject
  • a qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
  • a master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed
  • a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed

Please be sure to check the individual programme for any additional entry requirements.

MPhil and PhD

At least one of the following:

  • a master’s degree in a subject appropriate to the course of study to be followed (recommended)
  • a qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
  • an upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject.

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the English language requirements: Band B

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  • a minimum of two years’ appropriate experience and, normally, a master’s degree are required

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the English language requirements: Band B

English Language Requirements

As part of the application process, applicants are required to demonstrate how they meet LSHTM's minimum English Language requirements. This is particularly important for applicants requiring a Student Visa, as the UK Home Office dictates that every student from outside the UK and Republic of Ireland must show evidence of a minimum level of English language ability (called CEFR B2 level) in order to be granted a Student visa and study in the UK.

Additionally, LSHTM asks for English language proficiency levels that are necessary for our academic programmes, which is slightly higher than the Common European Framework for languages (CEFR) B2 level.

English language requirements policy (pdf)

Accepted English language tests

The academic English language requirements for each of LSHTM’s programmes are categorised into one of three profiles:

  • Band A (highest requirement)
  • Band B (mid-range/’standard’ requirement)
  • Band C (lowest requirement)

Please refer to the appropriate Programme Specification for the English language requirement Band of your preferred programme.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System – academic version)
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test - NOT accepted for applicants requiring a student visa

These tests are only valid for entry for 2 years. As a result the qualification must have been completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment.

2021-22 Academic Year: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will accept the IELTS Indicator test for all students in countries where test centres are closed

LSHTM requires the following minimum proficiency test scores. Please refer to the appropriate Programme Specification for the Band of your preferred programme.

  Band A  Band B Band C
IELTS (Academic)

7.5 overall with 7.0 in each component

7.0 overall with 6.5 in each component

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component

Cambridge CAE / CPE 191 overall with 185 in each component 185 overall with 176 in each component 173 overall with 169 in each component
Pearson PTE Academic

73 overall with 65 in each component

65 overall with 58 in each component

58 overall with 50 in each component

TOEFL IBT

110 overall with 27 in each component

100 overall with 26 in each component

90 overall with 22 in each component

Majority English-speaking countries

If you are a national of a majority English-speaking country you may be accepted without an English Language qualification if during the application process you have demonstrated that you are able to understand written and spoken English to the required level.

If you are a national of one of these countries, you are not required to submit evidence of English language proficiency. Please see list of countries: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english

If you have undertaken a full degree in one of the above countries, you will not be required to submit further evidence of your English Language if the degree certificate is successfully verified with the issuing body on receipt. Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn.

* Canadian nationals are exempt from English Language requirements but non-Canadian nationals who have studied in Canada are required to meet standard English Language requirements due to Home Office policy.

Conditions

If you request to defer your entry to LSHTM, we may ask you to re-take your test if your original offer was based on a test which will be out of date at the point of registration. Our English language programme requirements and other accepted tests provide details of how long your qualification is deemed valid.

All test scores are verified with the issuing body on receipt. Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn.

LSHTM reserves the right to change minimum English Language requirements during an application cycle in-line with any compliance guidance released by the Home Office. In the event of a change in Home Office policy which affects entry requirements, the University will notify affected applicants in writing.

Exemptions

Applicants who are a national of a majority English-speaking country or who have successfully completed an appropriate academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree), which was taught in a majority English speaking country from the UKVI approved country list automatically meet our English Language requirements.

 The UKVI’s approved country list: https://www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english 

*Please note, Canadian nationals are exempt from English Language requirements but non-Canadian nationals who have studied in Canada are required to meet LSHTM’s standard English Language requirements due to Home Office regulations.