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MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research


This is Europe’s only graduate course in reproductive health research and is designed for those interested in acquiring the research skills necessary to conduct policy-relevant research into sexual and reproductive health. It provides a non-clinical foundation in family planning, obstetric health, AIDS and sexually-transmitted infections.

This Master's course is recognized by the ESRC as providing high quality research training and a small number of ESRC scholarships (including 1+3 scholarships) are available to UK or EU residents. These are advertised each year with the School scholarships information.

The curriculum has a focus on middle- and low-income settings but also provides excellent training in the principles and methods of research for high-income countries.


Graduates go into public health and reproductive health programmes, evaluation of family planning programmes, research for governmental and non-governmental agencies and university teaching.

Prize and awards

A prize is awarded each year to the student who has submitted the best project of the year for examination.

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


Watch Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre, and students talk about the course.

Studying at the School has been a truly inspirational experience and the course has given me an in-depth understanding of the global issues and challenges surrounding reproductive and sexual health.
Aliyah Yousuf, United Kingdom


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

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of evidence-based approaches to research of reproductive and sexual health issues
  • critically assess and apply these research approaches to inform development, health and social welfare programmes
  • demonstrate a good understanding of the socio-cultural, political and ethical issues surrounding reproductive and sexual health
  • identify and address appropriate research questions in reproductive and sexual health, using methods from a range of public health disciplines
  • carry out research activities to identify effective components of reproductive and sexual health services within programmes


Term 1

Students take the following compulsory modules:

  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Foundations in Reproductive Health
  • Principles of Social Research
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health

Further optional modules include:

  • Extended Epidemiology
  • Health Policy, Process & Power
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Population Studies

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). One module (in Slot 4) is compulsory. 

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Research Design & Analysis*
  • Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
  • Health Care Evaluation
  • Health Promotion Approaches and Methods
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Sociological Approaches to Health

Slot 2

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

Slot 3

  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*
  • Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health*
  • Social Epidemiology*
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health

Slot 4:

  • Sexual Health

Slot 5:

  • AIDS*
  • Analysing Survey & Population Data*
  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
  • Proposal Development

A restricted number of modules may be taken by self-study, using electronic access teaching material.

Further details for the course modules

Project Report

During the summer months (July-August), students complete a research project. 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 Masters 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 Reproductive & Sexual Health Research are:

  • evidence of numeracy skills

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

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 2016/2017
Home Full-time £8,700
  Part-time / Split-study £4,350
Overseas Full-time £20,450
  Part-time / Split-study £10,225

Scholarships and funding opportunities

How to apply

Application for London-based Study

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.


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Course Director

  • Lynda Clarke
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