MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing (pre-course info)

General welcome

On behalf of both schools, a very warm welcome to the MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing. We look forward to meeting you and hope you will find the programme stimulating and enjoyable.

If you have any concerns or questions between now and the start of the MSc, you can contact:

  • Rodrigo Zanetti (Programme Administrator at LSHTM) at or on +44 (0)207 958 8220
  • Muheez Busari (Postgraduate Programmes Manager, LSE Department of Health Policy) at or on +44 (0)20 7955 6574

If you believe you may have problems arriving in London in time for welcome week it is essential that you contact Rodrigo Zanetti to let him know.

Helen Walls (LSHTM), Justin Parkhurst and Mrigesh Bhatia (LSE)
Programme Directors


At the start of the programme, you will need to register formally at both LSHTM and LSE to obtain access to all the resources of both schools.


Your first point of contact for the programme will be your registration at LSHTM, taking place on Monday 23 September, 10-10.30am in the Keppel Street library. For more information please visit the LSHTM Registration FAQs page.


Your LSE registration will take place on Wednesday 25 September, 1-1.45pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House. For more information please visit the LSE Registration page.

Welcome week

Welcome week is an orientation period for all students, with sessions at both LSHTM and LSE. Some of these are essential and some optional.

• MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing welcome week timetable 2019 (pdf)
• Welcome week timetable (all programmes) (pdf)
• Welcome week marketplace guide (pdf)

• International Students’ Induction & Reception: taking place on Monday, 4-6.30pm, and featuring talks on Tier 4 Visa terms and conditions, and healthcare and banking in the UK. This event is strongly recommended for Tier 4 Visa students, and may be of interest to other international students.

• Student Welcome Party: celebrate your first week at LSHTM with your new friends, live music and light refreshments on Friday, 5-8pm in the lower ground floor.

• Accommodation helpdesk: if you are still looking for accommodation, visit the helpdesk in our Keppel Street building, where former students are on hand to guide you in your search. Open daily 12-5pm Monday 23 to Friday 27 September.

• Bank letters: bank letters will be available 11am-4pm on Wednesday and 10am-4pm Thursday & Friday in the Library. From Monday 30 September they will be available from the Student Hub. You will need to provide the name and address of the bank where you intend to open your account. Visit our banking pages for details of banks with branches near LSHTM.

• Council tax letters: council tax exemption certificates can be obtained from the Student Hub from Wednesday 25 September onwards.


The first HPPF programme meeting will be on Monday 23 September at 11am, with a welcome and introductory session to the MSc, held in the Manson Lecture Theatre at LSHTM. You will meet the Programme Directors, who will explain the structure of the MSc, your choices and opportunities. Please make sure to attend this first session as there will be some very important information about the programme.

We will give you an introduction to LSHTM, the programme and the timetable. You will also meet our Programme Administrator, who is a key person for the smooth running of the MSc throughout the year. Later in the week we will have a buffet lunch to get to know you better. There is a good deal of spare time which can be very useful if you are still looking for accommodation or need to open a bank account etc.

There will be a welcome party for all new LSHTM students on Friday 27 September, 5-8pm.


The first essential events at LSE are the Welcome Presentation and the Department of Health Policy Welcome on Monday 23 September, where you will meet faculty and programme staff. The full schedule of events at LSE can be found below. Events marked with an asterisk (*) are compulsory. Other events are helpful to you but optional, so only attend if you do not have any other essential events at the same time.

You can use the LSE Campus Map to help you locate each session.

Date/Time Event Venue
Mon 23 Sep, 12.30-2pm LSE Welcome Presentation* Peacock Theatre
Mon 23 Sep, 3-5pm Department of Health Policy Welcome* Auditorium, Centre Building
Wed 25 Sep, 10-12pm Introduction to Michaelmas Term (Term 1) Courses Old Theatre in Old Building
Wed 25 Sep, 1-1.45pm MSc HPPF Programme Registration* Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Wed 25 Sep, 2-4pm MSc HPPF Q&A with Programme Directors and Administrators* CLM 3.02
Thu 26 Sep, 9-11am Introduction to Lent Term (Term 2) Courses Auditorium, Centre Building
Thu 26 Sep, 12-2pm Health Reception & Lunch Music Practice Room, Shaw Library, Old Building
Fri 21 Sep, from 10am Course Selection Opens on "LSE for You"* Online ("LSE for You")

Faculty meetings

All new students are required to meet their Programme Directors during welcome week. A 10-minute meeting will be arranged for you, and we will be in touch with details during welcome week.

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor is a member of academic staff who can guide you in your studies and is your first point of contact for information and support. To facilitate the tutor allocation process, we ask that you please complete the tutor allocation form (doc).

Programme handbook

MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing Handbook 2019-20 (pdf)

The LSE handbook will be available at the LSE Department of Health Policy Welcome in hard copy, but you may also wish to consult the LSE Calendar and the graduate course guides.

Module selection

During welcome week, you will learn about programme regulations and available resources to make course choice easier for you. In preparation for arrival we recommend that you review details of the modules on offer as we will need to start making your module choices at the end of welcome week (Friday 27 September). 

Details of modules can be found below:
•    LSHTM
•    LSE

Course selection guide

You can use the Course Selection Guide (pdf) to help you select modules that will not lead to timetable clashes across the two schools.

LSE Modules

The module browsing period will open at 10am on Monday 23 September, allowing you to learn the "LSE for You" Course Choice System to compare courses and plan your year, however no course selections will be saved during that browsing period. This will be followed by the Michaelmas Term (Term 1) course choice period from 10am on Friday 27 September to 5pm on Tuesday 1 October, when you will finalise your choices through the "LSE for You" platform. Please note that this is a departmental deadline, and LSE will be able to make allowances for late arrivals.

LSE information and support


If you need support during the welcome/registration period, please visit the Student Services Centre, who will be happy help you with Course Choice troubleshooting between 10am and 5pm from Monday 23 September to Friday 27 September, and 11am to 4pm following welcome week.

LSE Careers

The LSE Careers team are looking forward to supporting you in your career plans. They run a range of career events across the year which can help you with all aspects of career development as well as enable you to hear from employers and network with health policy alumni. Once you arrive, you’ll have access to Careerhub – an online platform where you can find all jobs, internships, events and opportunities to book individual appointments with career consultants.

Student Hub

All students are encouraged to download the Student Hub app, on which you can view your timetables, events and deadlines in one convenient place. You can also use this tool to book and manage meetings with your Academic Mentor, and receive notifications about timetable changes and department updates. Please visit the Student Hub information page for information on how to download the app.

Useful links

Page last updated August 2019