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 accomodated.
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.
Home (2014/15 fees) Full time £8,300 Part time £4,150 Split Study £4,150 Overseas (2014/15 fees) Full time £19,450 Part time £9,725 Split Study £9,725
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.
No work experience is required.
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