London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine


The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with 4,000 students and more than 1,300 staff working in over 100 countries. The School is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK, and was recently cited as one of the world's top universities for collaborative research.

Our mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.

Founded by Sir Patrick Manson in 1899, the School is now part of the University of London and has expanded in recent years at its two main sites on Keppel Street and Tavistock Place. Our research funding has grown to over £60 million per annum from national and international sources including the UK government, the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The School's multidisciplinary expertise includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and immunologists. We work with our partners worldwide to support the development of teaching and research capacity, and our alumni work in more than 180 countries.

Why Study Here?

  • Leading postgraduate institution for research and postgraduate education in global health.
  • Part of the University of London, the School is the largest institution of its kind in Europe with a remarkable depth and breadth of expertise encompassing many disciplines. It is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK.
  • A rich portfolio of Masters courses, delivered either in London or through distance-learning.
  • International environment. Students come from over 100 countries. Over 40% of these students are from non-European countries.
  • Global reach with the large alumni network. Alumni are working in over 180 countries. The School has about 1300 staff drawn from over 60 countries.
  • Full-time and part-time options available, as well as intercalated study of Medical degrees.
  • Research degrees and short course study are also available.

Student life

The School is located in the heart of London, and immediately adjacent to the University of London's central precinct and the British Museum. Students benefit from the facilities and events at the University of London Union and the Student Representative Council. The School has its own dedicated Student Adviser, able to advise students on non-academic issues, such as immigration and visa issues, accommodation, or financial worries which may arise during studies. LSHTM's Careers Service advises students on a one-to-one basis, whether you want tips on writing an effective CV, or just need help deciding what to do next.

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Master of Science in Demography & Health by Distance Learning

Online Full time Part time 2 - 5 years August 2016 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The course is designed for those interested in acquiring technical expertise in demography and understanding the interlinkages between population studies and health, including fertility, sexual behaviour, ageing, health inequalities and life expectancy. [+]

This is a unique programme that offers professional training in population studies that emphasises health and social epidemiology. It aims to provide a broad training in the theories and methods of demography and population sciences and their application to health, social welfare and economic development. Overview The course is designed for those interested in acquiring technical expertise in demography and understanding the interlinkages between population studies and health, including fertility, sexual behaviour, ageing, health inequalities and life expectancy. Graduates from the course would be equipped to pursue careers in public health, academic research of a very wide nature, NGOs, reproductive health programmes, health services, government statistical offices, as well as policy and planning organisations. Course delivery The Demography & Health programme is delivered through provision of interactive learning materials supplied online through the School’s online learning site (Moodle), and supported by CD-ROMs, practical workbooks and textbooks (depending on the module chosen). Students are actively encouraged to participate in web-based discussion boards. Training is also provided in the use of Stata statistical software. Courses offered Course You Study Study Period Master's Either 12 modules or 9 modules plus a project report 2-5 years Postgraduate Diploma 8 modules 2-5 years Postgraduate Certificate 4 modules 1-5 years Key Dates Application deadline for PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc 31 August Registration deadline for PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc 30 September Start of the course October Examinations (take place the following year after registration) June Study materials After registration, study materials are sent to students in September. Access to online study materials is given from 1 October. Study materials may include online materials, subject guides, readers, textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software (e.g. Stata), past examination papers and examiners’ reports, and handbooks. You also have access to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s online library resources from 1 October. We also provide all students with a student registration card. Flexible study We know that if you have a full-time job, family or other commitments, and wish to study at a distance, you will have many calls on your time. The course allows you to study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines) using the comprehensive study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.You have between 1-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Certificate, and between 2-5 years in which to complete the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc. The study year for most modules runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, while a couple of the EPM modules modules run from the beginning of January through to assignment submission at the end of August. Tutorial support is available throughout this time. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work which is mostly carried out between June and the end of September in their final year. Support a web-based learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students) personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments tutors are allocated to each module and are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year, through the online Virtual Learning Environment communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or through learning support groups Fees The fees below refer to the 2016-17 academic year only and are effective from 1 March 2016 until 30 November 2016. Fees are subject to annual review and may be paid in one of two ways: Either: on initial registration, a single payment covering the course registration fee and all module fees Master's £12,360 Postgraduate Diploma £9,750 Postgraduate Certificate £7,200 Or: pay the initial course registration fee, plus the fee for each module you are taking in the first year. Then, in subsequent years, you pay the fee for each new module you take. Initial registration fee £1,155 Fee per core module £1,000 Fee per elective module £650 Fee for final project £1,935 When to pay Fees may be paid in one of two ways to the University of London: Either, pay the total fee on registration by making a single payment. This covers the registration fee and all module fees; Or, if you prefer to spread out your payments, pay the registration fee plus the fee for each module you want to take in the first year, and then in subsequent years pay the fee for each new module you take. How to pay All fees must be paid in pounds sterling (GBP) directly to the University of London. The University of London accepts: Western Union - Quick Pay Credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron, JCB) Sterling banker's draft/cheque International money/postal order Further details are given on the University of London website Other costs In addition to the fees payable to the University of London, you should also budget for the fee charged by your local examination centre to cover its costs; this fee will vary. Academic Requirements An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University, provided that the degree is in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed (suitable undergraduate degrees would include any social science, quantitative or public health topic. For example, geography, sociology, economics, political sciences, statistics, anthropology, maths, human sciences, biological sciences or similar subject); or 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. Applicants who do not satisfy either of the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the University on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references. Applicants must have evidence of numeracy skills, at least equivalent to a UK GCSE grade A or B in maths or statistics; or a good grade in a maths or statistics module of an undergraduate degree (which should include arithmetic and basic algebra, including the manipulation of logarithms and exponents). Language Requirements You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed, within the past three years: Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English when a minimum overall score of B or 190 is achieved, (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the Written sub-test and a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking, Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 68 or above, with a minimum of 68 in Writing and a minimum of 59 in Listening, Reading and Speaking, or (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 100 or above with at least 24 in Writing, 23 in Speaking, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening. Course structure MSc: 9 modules plus a project report or 12 modules Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (6 compulsory core modules plus 2 elective modules) Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules (the first 4 compulsory modules) Four compulsory core modules Introduction to demographic analysis Population studies Fundamentals of epidemiology Statistics with computing Plus two compulsory DEM2 modules (Postgraduate Diploma and MSc only) Demographic data: sources, collection and evaluation Demographic analysis: further methods and models MSc: You must select at least two further DEM modules from the DEM2 selection group. The remaining modules can be chosen from the selection groups listed below. Please note, the DEM2 and elective modules are not available to study until the 2017/18 academic year. Demography and Health - Selection groups Elective modules from group DEM Contemporary demographic trends and issues Demographic analysis: applications and extensions Analysis of survey and population data Elective modules from group EPM Practical epidemiology Writing and reviewing epidemiological papers Study design: writing a grant application Epidemiology of communicable diseases Global epidemiology of non-communicable diseases Elective modules from group GHM The economics of global health policy The politics of global health policy Environmental change and global health policy Notes: All modules successfully completed will be assigned 15 credits each; the project report will be assigned 45 credits. For Postgraduate Diploma/MSc students, credit for one or two modules studied at the School may be allowed in place of one or two of the above elective modules, subject to module restrictions. Students who have been examined in and have passed the core modules DEM101 and DEM102 and at least one of EPM101 or EPM102 are permitted to proceed to elective module studies. [-]


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