London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London

Reproductive and Sexual Health Research

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); by the end of this course 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.

Entry requirements

Either a 2nd Class Honours degree of a recognised UK university; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard; or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme; applicants with an appropriate technical qualification are also welcomed; applicants without these entry requirements but with relevant professional experience may be eligible for admission.

Course modules

Core modules: foundations in reproductive health; epidemiology; principles of social research; statistics for epidemiology and population health. Optional modules include: population studies; health policy, process and power; introduction to heath economics; extended epidemiology; designing disease control programmes in developing countries; health care evaluation; health promotion approaches and methods; maternal and child nutrition; research design and analysis; sociological approaches to health; conflict and health; design and analysis of epidemiological studies; family planning programmes; population, poverty and environment; qualitative methodologies; statistical methods in epidemiology; control of reproductive tract infections/sexually transmitted infections; current issues in safe motherhood and perinatal health; medical anthropology and public health; social epidemiology; sexual health; advanced statistical methods in epidemiology; AIDS; analysing survey and population data; applying public health principles in developing countries; proposal development.

Assessment methods

Assessed by: project report.

Sponsorship information

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,300 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 19,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 4,150 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc Part-time £ 9,725 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Camden WC1E 7HT South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7299 4646