The majority of students attend on a full-time basis, which is one year for Master’s programmes. This involves attending five days per week during the teaching term. Lectures, classes and laboratory sessions usually take place Monday-Friday from 9.30am to 5pm, though depending on module selections students may have occasional afternoons without teaching. Students are also required to undertake self-led study each week.
Part-time (over two years)
Depending on the programme, students have two options to study part-time.
Students can study half-time by attending the School for two or three days per week during the teaching term, and spreading all the modules required to complete a Master’s programme over two years. There are no evening or weekend classes. Depending on module selection, students may be required to attend for different days in each term. As the requirements for half-time study can vary, it is recommended to contact the relevant programme director with specific queries.
Students can also choose the split-study option studying over two years. Students taking the programme by split-study undertake 40 hours of study per week for a minimum of one term in Year 1, before then breaking for 12 months and returning to undertake the remainder of the programme in Year 2, also studying up to 40 hours per week. The proposed date for the split must be agreed with the programme director. With split-study, both Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the formal exams may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2, providing the necessary formal teaching has been completed and after agreement from the programme director.
Please note that part-time study is currently only available to students who do not require a Tier 4 Student visa.
All MPhil/PhD students initially register for an MPhil. Although some students choose to take an MPhil only (2 year programme), most go on to a PhD (3-4 year programme). The maximum registration period for a full-time PhD is 4 years. MPhil/PhD students must spend at least 9 months of their programme full-time in London. These months do not have to be consecutive and the times spent in London would be agreed with the supervisor. Students usually spend the first 9 to 12 months at the School to prepare for an upgrading process from MPhil to PhD. Other than the required 9 months in London, students can work on their PhD wherever necessary to undertake data collection, fieldwork or laboratory work and write their thesis.
The period of study for full-time DrPH students is a minimum of three years and a maximum of four years. Students are required to be in the School during the first term (September-December) for the taught course component and normally spend time in the School during the preparation of their OPA project. Students are also expected to spend time in the School preparing and presenting their research project plans to a DrPH Review Committee. Over the course of their degree DrPH students are expected to spend at least 9 months full-time in London.
The School requires students who apply for part-time study to be available to study for at least two days per week. An employer letter is required to confirm that at least two days per week will be permitted for degree work.
Part-time MPhil/PhD students who are employed at the one the School’s specifically approved institutions may be eligible to carry out their research at their place of employment under the guidance of a supervisor at the School. Students interested in this method of study should contact the Registry for advice.
For the DrPH, a split-study option is also available whereby students complete the taught component in full-time mode before reverting to part-time mode later in their first year.