MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

Course overview

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.

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.

This programme is recognised 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 LSHTM scholarships information.

Objectives

By the end of this programme students will 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
  • demonstrate the ability to carry out key research skills and activities, including literature review, research study design, and critical analysis and application of research findings

Duration

One year full-time or split-study over two years. 

Structure

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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 LSHTM, whether in the UK or abroad. Arrangements for this must be discussed and agreed with the Programme Director.

Entry requirements
  • a second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject or
  • a master's degree in a relevant subject, or
  • a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed

Additional requirements for the MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research are:

  • evidence of numeracy skills

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.