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MSc Demography & Health


This is Europe's only graduate programme in demography with an emphasis on health and social epidemiology, and is designed for those interested in acquiring a technical understanding of the structure and dynamics of population change, its causes and consequences. The curriculum includes advanced training in the theories and methods of the population sciences, statistics, epidemiology, and research methods.

The course teaches research skills which are highly valued in the job market generally and are welcomed in a wide variety of research fields. The teaching draws on several related disciplines within the School and the modular approach can be adapted (within reason) to suit different needs.

The course is recognised by both the MRC and ESRC as providing high quality research training and a small number of scholarships from these bodies (including 1+3 scholarships) are available to UK or EU residents. These are advertised each year with the School scholarships information.The Selwyn-Clarke Prize is awarded for the best project of the year.

Graduates have careers in public health, academic research of a very wide nature, NGOs, reproductive health programmes, health services, government statistical offices, policy and planning. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

Duration: one year full time; part-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.

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Watch Course Director, Lynda Clarke, and students talk about the course.

What I like most about the course is the quality of teaching, which covers the theoretical components of the subject, as well as the quantitative ones.
Lawrence Sacco, Italy


By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of scientific, evidence-based approaches to the study of population issues
  • critically assess and apply these approaches to inform development, health and population programmes
  • formulate research questions and use demographic and health data, and appropriate methods of analysis, to address them
  • identify causes and consequences of population change and relate these to underlying population dynamics
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of demographic behaviour in social, economic and policy contexts
  • critically assess and apply findings of population studies to health and social policy
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of major population trends, including historical trends, in developed and developing countries


Term 1

Students take the following compulsory modules:

  • Demographic Methods
  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Population Studies
  • Principles of Social Research
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one module from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Students are expected to take modules related to demography for at least two of their other four choices.

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Research Design & Analysis*
  • Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
  • Health Care Evaluation
  • Sociological Approaches to Health

Slot 2

  • Family Planning Programmes*
  • Population, Poverty and Environment*
  • Conflict and Health
  • Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Slot 3

  • Social Epidemiology*
  • Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health
  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health

Slot 4

  • Population Dynamics & Projections  (compulsory)

Slot 5

  • AIDS*
  • Analysing Survey & Population Data*
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Proposal Development

Further details for the course modules

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project to enable them to acquire personal experience of the process of contributing to knowledge in any of the fields covered by the course, for submission by early September. Acceptable types of project are: data analysis; a project proposal; an original literature or policy review.

Students normally remain in London for the preparation of their project report. Exceptionally, and only if appropriate, part of the project period may be spent away from the School, whether in the UK or abroad.  Arrangements for this must be discussed and agreed with the Course Director.

Entry requirements

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
  • a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

Additional requirements for the MSc Demography & Health are:

  • evidence of numeracy skills

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement of a second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

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Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.


Fees and funding

Fees 2017/2018
Home Full-time £9,150
  Part-time / Split-study £4,575
Overseas Full-time £21,500
  Part-time / Split-study £10,750

New Funding 2016-17

The School is offering a small number of highly competitive scholarships for London-based MSc students who show potential for academic excellence and for careers aligned with the Mission of the School. Further details can be found here. 

More information on funding your studies:

How to apply

Applications should be made online. Paper application forms are available upon request and will normally incur an administration fee of £50. You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with all paper applications. Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents.

Applicants wishing to be considered for School scholarships should apply as early as possible. Deadlines for scholarship applications appear on the Master's funding page. Course applications will be considered until all places on the course have been filled. Notification of when a course is closed will appear on the relevant course page. All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year.

Students interested in part-time or split-study should contact the Course Directors, via the Registry, to discuss course requirements and likely timetables, and should read the Master's degree information.

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.

The final closing date for taught Master’s applications is as follows:

  • 11th August 2016 by midnight British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
  • 29th August 2016 by midnight British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.

Do you need a visa?

EEA Nationals

If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.

For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.

Students from outside the EEA

All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.

If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.

If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.

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Admission status

Closed for 2016/17. Apply in Nov for 2017/18.

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