Before you apply (MSc)

Please consult the Master's degrees webpages to view individual programme details, programme specifications and guidance on individual programme entry requirements.

LSHTM's admissions policies support the admission of students through procedures which are fair, transparent and applied consistently.

Application steps
  1. Identify the MSc programme(s) that you wish to apply for via our Master's degrees webpages
  2. Check that you meet, or are expecting to meet, LSHTM's general entry requirements
  3. Check that you meet any additional programme-specific entry requirements, found within individual Master's degrees webpages
  4. Check the application deadlines (below) associated with your chosen programme.
  5. Read our MSc application guidance (pdf)
  6. Apply online using the LSHTM's application portal
  7. Await a decision - LSHTM aims to provide a decision on all complete Master's degree applications within 6 weeks.
Application deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.

We strongly advise that you apply early as popular programmes will close earlier than the stated deadline if they become full.

The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2024/25 academic year is:

  • Sunday 21 July 2024 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
  • Sunday 1 September 2024 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students

Applicants will be required to meet the conditions of their offer and provide all necessary documents by the date of their Offer of Admission.

Deadline for responding to your offer

Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admission within 28 days of receipt, or their place will be released and the offer automatically declined. Please note that payment of a £500 deposit becomes payable within this period upon acceptance. It is deductible from tuition fees upon full registration with LSHTM.

Document checklist

Below is a list of the documents which you will need to apply:

  • Your full contact details
  • Your qualification details
  • Your employment details
  • Copy of passport (photo page) or EU National ID card
  • Your referees’ details (full names and email addresses)
  • Your personal statement
  • CV / resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • Degree certificates / relevant professional qualifications
  • Evidence of English language ability (if applicable)
CV guidance

When applying for study at LSHTM, you are required to include a CV with you application. This is an opportunity to summarise your academic, professional and personal achievements. Here we’ll explain what your CV should include, and how to make it the best it can be.

What is a CV?

A CV, curriculum vitae, or a resume, is a summary of your educational attainment, career history and any other experience that is relevant to the programme that you’re applying for. Your CV is just one aspect of your application. You’ll also provide a personal statement, references and academic transcripts. You CV should compliment your personal statement by providing extra evidence of your experience and qualifications.

How long should a CV be?

A CV is designed to briefly outline your achievements to date. As a rough guide, it should be 1-2 pages.

How do I write a CV?

Your CV should generally include the following sections:


You may choose to include a brief introductory paragraph. If you are a studying for your undergraduate degree, include your course and prospective grade (or actual grade if you’re a recent graduate). If you’re in employment, include details of your occupation.


List your educational qualifications in reverse chronological order. Remember that your academic achievements are one of the most important things to showcase in your CV, so this section should be detailed. Mention any noteworthy achievements (such as impressive grades or awards), modules you studied that are especially relevant to your chosen programme, and your dissertation topic. The more recent (and relevant) the qualification, the more detail you’ll need to include. Summarise early qualifications (such as GCSEs) rather than listing them in full.


As with your academic qualifications, work history should be listed in reverse chronological order. As well as paid positions, include relevant voluntary roles or internships. If you have any academic experience (such as publications or conference papers) this should be emphasised.


These could include ‘soft’ skills (such as ability to work in a team or effective communication) or ‘hard’ skills (such as an understanding of data collection or proficiency in a second language).

Interests and achievements

You may wish to include some extra-curricular interests; these do not necessarily need to be directly related to your area of study. This is also an opportunity to showcase any other achievements.


You may wish to include contact details of two referees who will be able to provide a reference to support your application. You will provide referee details on the admissions portal as part of your application so this isn’t necessary to include on your CV as well.

Tips to improve your CV

Besides making sure you’ve included all relevant information, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your CV makes the best impression possible.

  • Proofread: always proof read your CV. Silly spelling and grammar mistakes do not make a good impression. You may wish to ask someone else to give it a final check.
  • Keep it concise: choose your words carefully, and only include relevant qualifications and experience. If your CV exceeds two pages, it might be worth making some edits.
  • Make it easy to read: limit font sizes and styles, avoid splitting sections across two pages, and break chunky paragraphs down into bullet points.
  • Don’t be generic: if you plan on submitting multiple applications, tailor each CV to the relevant programme of study.
  • Make use of careers services: if you have access to a careers service, take advantage! They’ll have the expertise to help fine-tune your CV.
Personal statement guidance

Your personal statement is an important part of your application. It is your opportunity to create a unique picture of who you are and why you'll be successful in your chosen course of study. When writing your personal statement, demonstrate your passion for the subject area and tell us about your motivation and commitment to your studies. Also, please tell us why the programme is suitable for you, why you have chosen to apply specifically to LSHTM and how it fits into your career plans. Your personal statement will be scored in the following sections:

  • Passion for chosen subject (why do you wish to take this particular course of study?)
  • Motivation and commitment to study the programme
  • Future aspirations in chosen field (how does the programme fit into your career objectives?)

You also have an opportunity to provide further details on any other relevant achievements, this will not be scored but will be taken into consideration when the assessor makes a decision on your application.

Before writing your personal statement, we encourage you to carefully read the entry requirements for your chosen programme(s). Where the programme requires numeracy skills and/or desirable professional experience, please be sure to state how you meet this requirement in your statement and in the relevant sections of the application form.

Please note, you can only submit one personal statement. If you are applying for two programmes, please ensure that the statement covers both choices.

Application submission

Receipt of your application

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 24 hours of submission. We strongly recommend that you check your email settings before applying to ensure that "" email addresses are not blocked or sent to your spam or junk email folders.

If you have not sent all of the required supporting application documents that we require to make a decision, we will contact you to provide information on the outstanding documentation. Please send this documentation to us as soon as possible in order to ensure processing of your application is not delayed. Please ensure you quote your application reference number in all correspondence with the Admissions team.

If you have not yet completed your academic or English language qualifications, and your academic profile meets our requirements, we will normally be able to make you an offer which is conditional on completing these qualifications. You will need to provide evidence that you have met these conditions before your offer can be made unconditional.

Application Decision

Our Admissions team will carefully check each application to ensure that all requested supported documentation has been submitted. Once confirmed, the application will then be forwarded to the relevant Programme Director for academic assessment and a final decision. We aim to make a decision within 6 weeks from receipt of a complete application. 

Application fee

A standard non-refundable application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission. Income generated from the application fee is shared between scholarships and student hardship fund.

Tuition fee deposit

Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admissions and pay the £500 deposit within 28 days of receipt, or their place will be released and the offer automatically declined. The deposit is deductible from tuition fees upon full registration with LSHTM.

Can't apply online?

If you are unable to apply online, please contact our Admissions team at to request a paper application form, please include a brief explanation of you why would like a paper form.

If you have any technical problems with the application portal, check our application FAQs.

Applying to more than one programme?

It is possible to apply for up to two Master's degree programmes, in order of preference. However, please consider your choices carefully and ensure that your personal statement is relevant to both of your choices. Applicants are only permitted to hold one Offer of Admission.

Contextual admissions

LSHTM uses a contextualized admissions system that encourages staff to consider the challenges prospective students have overcome during their education. We particularly welcome applicants who self-identify as belonging to any of the following groups as they are under-represented both at LSHTM and at the postgraduate level more broadly:

  • Of a Black ethnicity
  • Care experienced
  • Care giver
  • Disabled
  • Estranged from family
  • First generation in family to enter higher education
  • Refugee or asylum seeker

More information on Access and Widening Participation.