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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Demography Health Education

Course type


Course Summary

The programme teaches research skills which are highly valued in the job market generally and are welcomed in a wide variety of research fields. The teaching draws on several related disciplines within the School and the modular approach can be adapted (within reason) to suit different needs. This MSc provides rigorous training in demography and population studies. The curriculum comprises demographic methods and theory, epidemiology, statistics and data analysis. Many of our societies continue to face a diverse set of demographic challenges and opportunities, including rapid population ageing, extremely low as well as very high fertility, and sizable population migration. The MSc Demography & Health equips students with the theories and skills to understand and quantify macro-level population dynamics and their downstream implications for health and health policies. Students are further trained in the analysis of micro-level processes that govern population change, including fertility and reproductive behaviour, the exposure to health risks, and population mobility. The teaching programme gives students ample opportunity to select from a wide range of modules in statistics, epidemiology public health, and the social sciences, and thus tailor their curriculum to either focus on the technical aspects of data analytics and demographic estimation, or, take a more interdisciplinary approach to the study of population and health.

By the end of this programme students should be able to: demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of scientific, evidence-based approaches to the study of population issues; critically assess and apply these approaches to inform development, health and population programmes; formulate research questions and use demographic and health data, and appropriate methods of analysis, to address them; identify causes and consequences of population change and relate these to underlying population dynamics; demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of demographic behaviour in social, economic and policy contexts; critically assess and apply findings of population studies to health and social policy; demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of major population trends, including historical trends, in developed and developing countries.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health - Core
Population Studies (10 Credits) - Core
Principles of Social Research (10 Credits) - Core
Population Dynamics & Projections (15 Credits) - Core
Extended Epidemiology (15 Credits) - Core
Basic Epidemiology (10 Credits) - Core
Demographic Methods (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

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.

University information

Students, academics, and professionals study with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and come from all over the world for its international culture, collaboration, research excellence and renowned Master’s programmes, research degrees and short courses in global health. Over the last 120 years, LSHTM has spearheaded world-leading research and teaching within a global network of academics, alumni, students and partners....more