Academic year 2021/22
All our intensive MSc programmes will offer a mix of online and on campus teaching during the 2021/22 academic year.
This means that each programme will involve an element of module level teaching on campus and students will be required to attend part of the programme in person. Within a programme, some modules may be online only, others may combine online and campus teaching.
The fact that there are likely to be ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions in place means that the proportion of online teaching delivery - provided through a combination of synchronous (live and interactive) and asynchronous (recordings, independent study, individual exercises, etc.) activities - is going to be larger than what can realistically be delivered in person on campus. Please check our Applicants and Offer Holders FAQs.
This programme 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.
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.
This Master's programme is recognised 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 LSHTM scholarships information.
Duration: one year full-time; part-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.
Reproductive & Sexual Health Research
Watch Joy Lawn, Director of the MARCH Centre, and students talk about the programme.
"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."
By the end of this programme 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
- demonstrate the ability to carry out key research skills and activities, including literature review, research study design, and critical analysis and application of research findings
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Programme and module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
- View programme specification (2021/22)
- View module specifications (2020/21)
- Module availability chart (2020/21) (xls)
- Structure of the year
Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks for AB1 slot modules, plus one Reading Week* in the middle of the term. Followed by the Winter break.
Term 2 (January - March) consists of a further ten weeks of teaching for C and D slot modules, plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. C modules are taught in five half-week blocks before Reading Week. D modules are taught in five half-week blocks after Reading Week. Followed by the Spring break.
Term 3 (April - September) consists of five weeks of teaching for E slot modules, taught in half-week blocks, revision time, examinations and the project report.
*Reading Week is a week during term where no formal teaching takes place. It is a time for private study, preparing for assessments or attending study/computer skills workshops. There are two Reading Weeks at LSHTM: one in November and the other in February.
- Term 1
Students take the following compulsory AB1 modules:
- Basic Epidemiology or Extended Epidemiology
- Foundations in Reproductive Health
- Principles of Social Research
- Statistics for Epidemiology & Population Health
- Health Policy, Process & Power or Introduction to Health Economics or Population Studies
- Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). The list below shows recommended or compulsory modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Directors - see module availability chart (2020/21) (xls).
- Research Design & Analysis
- Family Planning Programmes
- Population, Poverty and Environment
- Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Current Issues in Maternal & Perinatal Health
- Evaluation of Public Health Interventions
- Social Epidemiology
- Sexual Health (compulsory)
- Analysing Survey & Population Data
- 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 LSHTM, whether in the UK or abroad. Arrangements for this must be discussed and agreed with the Programme Director.
Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year.
Changes to the programme
LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
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.
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B
Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information
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.
Funding available for this programme (UK students only):
- 2021-22 PIC Masters Studentship Scheme in Population Studies (application deadline: 6 June 2021)
Graduates go into public health and reproductive health programmes, evaluation of family planning programmes, research for governmental and non-governmental agencies and university teaching.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
- Example job titles:
Chlamydia Screening Assistant
Clinical Research Co-Ordinator
Emergency Response Co-Ordinator
HIV Prevention and Surveillance Scientist
Senior Lecturer in Medicine
Women's Protection and Empowerment Co-Ordinator (Syria)
Public Involvement Adviser
- Example organisations:
Public Health England
Save the Children
Terrence Higgins Trust
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
"Sexual health has been an interest of mine for years now and this MSc has enabled me to not only specialise in my area of interest but also develop my skills as a researcher. The fact that LSHTM unites people from a variety of different countries and professions provides for a perfect ground to learn as much as possible."
Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.
Please also read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.
You can apply for up to two master's. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.
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 2021/22 academic year is:
- Sunday 27 June 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
- Sunday 8 August 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students
A standard application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission.
Tuition fee deposit
Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admission 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.