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MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming

Intensive online programme

Overview

The information provided on this page is provisional and subject to approval

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This programme is developed and delivered in partnership with University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH). It is primarily targeted at those interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills required to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based sexual and reproductive health programmes and policies in sub-Saharan Africa and other low- and middle-income settings.

Overview
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A number of scholarships will be available for the 2021-22 entry as well as for the 2022-23 entry. Details will be added to this page and to the Master's Funding page as soon as it is open for applications.

The programme will be delivered online, with a mix of live and interactive activities (synchronous learning) as well as recorded or self-directed study (asynchronous learning).

Objectives

By the end of the programme students will gain:

Knowledge and understanding 
Students will have advanced knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Policy and health system factors influencing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in low and middle income settings, and how these should be taken into account in the design and delivery of effective SRH programmes  
  • The influence of socio-political, cultural, legal and ethical issues surrounding SRHR in low- and middle-income settings on the  design and delivery of SRHR programmes and policies tailored to the context 
  • Up-to-date evidence base on effective sexual and reproductive health policies and interventions 

Skills and other attributes 
Students will be able to: 

  • Critically interpret, synthesise and apply research evidence to support SRHR policies and programs 
  • Design, and cost a SRHR programme informed by the latest evidence and tailored to the context 
  • Select and deploy appropriate methods, data sources and quality measurement approaches to monitor and evaluate SRHR programmes and policies 
  • Critically appraise policy strategies to promote SRHR in low- and middle-income settings, that reflect the variation in needs of different population groups 
  • Apply skills in communication with specialist and non-specialist audiences, advocacy, and collaborative working to engage effectively with stakeholders who influence sexual and reproductive health policy and programming  

Modules

Compulsory modules may include:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy and Programming
  • Health Policy and Systems for Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Understanding and Applying Research Evidence
  • Health Promotion or Health Economics or Health Services (distance learning)

Project report

You will complete a written report, which may be undertaken as part of a placement, to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the programme, exploring an area of SRHR in depth. Your report may also take the form of  an intervention design and piloting, for example, or a policy or programme evaluation. Not all placements in a SRH focused organisation may lead to the identification of a suitable problem for a summer project, therefore students may also opt for a more traditional type of summer projects (i.e. a systematic review, data analysis) depending on their skills and choice of modules.

Duration

The programme is 12 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time.

 

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Fees & Funding
Fees Sexual Reproductive Health Policy & Programming online
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The information provided on this page is provisional and subject to approval

Fees 2022/23  
Full fee £22,000
Low- and middle-income countries (eligible countries) £17,000

A number of scholarships will be available for the 2021-22 entry as well as for the 2022-23 entry. Details will be added to this page and to the Master's Funding page as soon as it is open for applications.

Sources of funding:

Entry requirements
 

The information provided on this page is provisional and subject to approval

Entry requirements - SRHPP
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In order to be admitted to the programme, an applicant must:

  • hold either a first degree at the UK equivalent to Second Class Honours standard or above in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC.

or

  • hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM and UGSPH to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours degree or above.

or

  • have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM and UGSPH to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours degree or above.

If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees.

Additional requirements 

Successful applicants for the MSc in Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming are expected to have worked either in the health sector in a low- and middle-income country setting or the sexual and reproductive health field for a minimum of two years.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

English requirements - Band B
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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 for more information.

How to apply
 

The information provided on this page is provisional and subject to approval

How to apply - applications
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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 programmes. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.

How to apply - deadlines and fees
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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.

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 2022/23 academic year is:

  • Sunday 26 June 2022 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
  • Sunday 7 August 2022 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students

Application fee

A standard non-refundable application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission. Income generated from the application fee is shared between scholarships and student hardship fund.

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.