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.
This Master's programme 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.
Duration: one year full-time; half-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.
Changes to the course
The School will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the School to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
"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
- carry out research activities to identify effective components of reproductive and sexual health services within programmes
The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.
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.
- 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
- Family Planning Programmes*
- Population, Poverty and Environment*
- Conflict and Health
- Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
- Qualitative Methodologies
- Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections*
- Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health*
- Social Epidemiology*
- Medical Anthropology and Public Health
- Sexual Health
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 2 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
- 23 August 2019 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
Do you need a visa?
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.