This course aims to provide an introduction to the concepts and methods used in reproductive and sexual health research and to equip students with the principles, methods and research skills necessary to conduct policy-relevant research. It provides a non-clinical foundation in the main aspects of reproductive and sexual health: family planning, obstetric health and AIDS/STIs (not including laboratory-based studies). The MSc is Europe's only graduate course in reproductive health research, and is designed mainly for those interested in the developing world, but developed world issues are also accommodated.
This 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.
Graduates go into public health and reproductive health programmes, evaluation of family planning programmes, research for governmental and non-governmental agencies and university teaching.
A prize is awarded each year to the student who has submitted the best project of the year for examination.
Full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Students taking the course over two years can choose to attend part-time throughout both years (this involves attending the School at least two days each week during term-time).
Alternatively, students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. For split study, Paper 1 of the formal exams may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice of study mode on the application form.
* The tuition fees for part-time and split-study students are for each year of study. Please note that fees are subject to an increase each year. First year split studies students will be charged tuition fees at the part-time 2014/15 fee rate. Second year split studies students will be charged tuition fees at the full-time 2014/15 fee rate, pro rated for the period they will be studying at the School.
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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
Programme specifications: A comprehensive summary of the key elements of the degree, including educational aims and intended learning outcomes, plus details on programme structure, assessment requirements, student support and more.
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. A typical selection of modules is given below; not all modules will be available in any one year.
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.
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.
Applicants must normally satisfy the School’s general entrance requirements and additional programme-specific entrance requirements to be considered for admission. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the procedures and deadlines given in the web-based or printed prospectus.
The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration is at least a second-class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme.
Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
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.
- students should show evidence of numeracy skills
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 Masters Funding webpage. 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 webpage.All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year.
All Masters courses are offered on a part-time basis over two years. Students interested in part-time study should contact the appropriate Course Organiser, via the Registry, to discuss course requirements and likely timetables, and should read the Masters degree information.
There are two ways of undertaking part-time study:
1) attending part-time throughout the two years: Students need to be available for up to four or five half days every week for 27 weeks per year. Evidence may be required to prove that applicants are able to commit this minimum period of time to their study
2) attending full-time for modules in the first two terms in Year 1 (September-March), and undertaking third term modules, exams and project in Year 2 (April - September). Such an option may be attractive to applicants who are unable to be released from employment for a continuous twelve-month period. This option is called split study.
All courses last one year for full-time study or two years for part-time study.