Taught course

Reproductive & Sexual Health Research

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine · Department of Epidemiology and Population Health

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to an LSHTM master's degree programme, an applicant must:

  • hold either a first degree at Second Class Honours (2:2) standard in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC or the GMC.


  • hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.


  • have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.

If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees.

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

  • evidence of numeracy skills.

Relevant subjects for the MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research include sciences (e.g. biology, medicine, nursing, midwifery) or social sciences (e.g. anthropology, demography, development, economics, geography, human rights, international relations, politics, sociology).

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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B.

It is possible to apply without English language test results however the results of a test may be listed as a condition of an offer of admission. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Intercalating students

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 LSHTM.

Access and widening participation

At LSHTM we are committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds feel encouraged to apply to study with us. To that end, we have introduced an innovative contextual admissions system that is designed to consider any barriers applicants may have faced and take account of the circumstances in which their grades have been achieved, rather than relying on results alone. More information on widening participation at LSHTM.

Months of entry


Course content

Reproductive and sexual health is fundamental to human health and wellbeing. Around the world, reproductive and sexual health is influenced by everything from regressive policy changes, gender inequality, and access to education, to extreme weather events and humanitarian crises. Join us to carry out high-quality policy-relevant research, critically review existing evidence, and examine this vital area of health across the entire lifespan.

We’re one of the few universities in Europe offering a MSc course that specialises in providing a non-clinical foundation in reproductive and sexual health research. Running since 1998, our programme is well established and internationally recognised for high-quality graduates who work at leading organisations across the world.

You’ll network with experts at the forefront of the field who carry out groundbreaking research in key areas including sexual behaviour, control of STIs, and reproductive rights and justice. We also have researchers exploring contraception and abortion access, as well as maternal, perinatal, and newborn health. This team deliver the course alongside insightful guest lectures from International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes UK.

This programme is recognised by the ESRC as providing high quality research training and a small number of ESRC scholarships are available to UK or EU residents. These are advertised each year with the LSHTM scholarships information.

What you will learn

  • Discover evidence-based approaches to researching reproductive and sexual health issues
  • Learn how to apply research approaches to inform development, health and social welfare programmes
  • Untangle the socio-cultural, political and ethical issues surrounding reproductive and sexual health
  • Develop your research skills by gaining expertise in research study design, data collection and analysis, critical evaluation, and application of research findings
  • Use methods from a range of public health disciplines to address research questions in reproductive and sexual health.

Find out more about the MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research programme on the LSHTM website.

Information for international students

The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2024/25 academic year is Sunday 21 July 2024 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa.

Find out more about the MSc Reproductive & Sexual Health Research programme on the LSHTM website.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the LSHTM website.
International students
Please see the LSHTM website.

For up to date information on funding available for postgraduate programmes at LSHTM, please visit our website.

Early application fee reduction for UK MSc Students 2024-25

Apply early and lock-in lower fees. If you are a student from the UK (and have a home fee status), you will be eligible to receive a 5% reduction in your tuition fee if you submit your application by Friday 5 April 2024 and subsequently register onto one of our in-person MSc programmes (some exclusions apply, see detailed terms and conditions).

You must be applying for full-time study on a programme starting in September 2024; be funding your fees yourself; and be a new applicant.

If you meet the above criteria and submit your application by the deadline, you will automatically receive the tuition fee discount.

Next Generation Scholarships

LSHTM is offering 10 scholarships to support students in the completion of an MSc degree at LSHTM. These initiatives are designed to enable excellent students from groups who have been historically underrepresented in Higher Education at the postgraduate level to study, feel a sense of belonging and succeed at LSHTM. Find out more and apply by 6 April 2024.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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