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About MSc Demography & Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


This is Europe’s only graduate programme in demography with an emphasis on health, and is designed for those interested in acquiring a technical understanding of the structure and dynamics of population change, its causes and consequences. The curriculum includes advanced training in the theories and methods of population sciences, statistics, epidemiology, and research methods and data analysis.

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of population trends in low-, middle- and high-income settings
  • identify causes and consequences of population change and relate these to underlying population dynamics
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of demographic behaviour in social, economic and policy contexts
  • use demographic and health data and appropriate methods of analysis to study policy-relevant research questions

Career opportunities

This programme will provide you with research skills which are highly valued in the job market. Graduates have careers in public health, academic research, NGOs, reproductive health programmes, health services, government statistical offices, policy and planning.

Compulsory modules:

Demographic Methods
Basic Epidemiology
Population Studies
Principles of Social Research
Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
Population Dynamics & Projections

Elective modules include:

Research Design & Analysis
Family Planning Programmes
Population, Poverty and Environment
Social Epidemiology
Analysing Survey & Population Data

Project report

You will complete a summer research project. This usually revolves around an empirical analysis of an existing dataset, though some students conduct literature reviews or collect and analyse primary data.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time or two years part-time. Students can choose to attend part-time throughout both years or by split-study.

Location: London

Programme director: Ms Lynda Clarke

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Entry 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 Master's 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 Demography & Health are:

  • evidence of numeracy skills

Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement of a second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Admissions FAQs

English Language Requirements

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

Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for 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 the School.

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