Reproductive and Sexual Health Research, M.Sc.


London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine offers the MS Reproductive and Sexual Health Research programme which 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.

By the end of this Reproductive & Sexual Health Research course from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 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 Structure

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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 190

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 21500 International
  • GBP 9150 EU/EEA
  • Part-time tuition fees: EEA: 4,575; International: 10,750


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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