The MSc Demography & Health aims to offer a broad training in the theories and methods of demography and the population sciences and their application to global health, social welfare, and economic development. Emphasis is placed on studies of social, cultural and economic determinants and consequences of population change.
This is Europe's only graduate course in demography with an emphasis on health. It is designed for those interested in acquiring a technical understanding of this subject and also of the interaction of health and population determinants such as sexual relations, childbearing and life expectancy.
The course teaches research skills which are highly valued in the job market generally and is welcomed in a wide variety of research fields. The teaching draws on several related disciplines within the School and because of the modular approach can be adapted (within reason) to suit different needs. The course is recognized by both the MRC and ESRC as providing high-quality research training and a small number of scholarships from these bodies (including 1+3 scholarships) are available to UK or EU residents. These are advertised each year with the School scholarships information.
Graduates have careers in NGOs, public health, reproductive health programmes, health services research, policy, planning and academic fields.
The Selwyn-Clarke Prize is awarded for the best project of the year.
By the end of this course 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, and demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of major population trends, including historical trends, in developed and developing countries.
Students take the following compulsory modules: Extended Demography; Epidemiology; Population Studies; Principles of Social Research; Statistics with Computing. Optional: Introduction to Computing; Environment, Health, and Sustainable Development.
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of six modules, one from each timetable slot. One module is compulsory. Students are expected to take study modules related to demography for at least two of their other five choices. One or two modules may be taken by self-study, using electronic access teaching materials, although this is not common.
C1: Research Design & Analysis; Health Care Evaluation.
C2: Family Planning Programmes; Statistical Methods in Epidemiology; Health Impact and Decision Analysis; Conflict & Health; Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies.
D1: Population, Poverty, and Environment; Social Epidemiology; Medical Anthropology in Public Health; Environmental Epidemiology; Genetic Epidemiology; Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries; Maternal & Child Nutrition.
D2: Population Dynamics & Projections.
E1: AIDS; Gender and Health; Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases; Proposal Development; Epidemiology and control of Non-Communicable Diseases.
E2: Analysing Survey & Population Data; Current Issues in Safe Motherhood and Perinatal Health; Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology; History & Health; Sociological Approaches to Health.
Students complete a research project to enable them to acquire personal experience of the process of contributing to knowledge in any of the fields covered by the course. 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. Overseas travel during this period is granted in exceptional circumstances only.
Full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Students taking the course over two years can choose to attend part-time throughout both years (this involves attending the School at least two days each week during term-time) or by the split study. Students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of the course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. With split study, Paper 1 of the formal exams may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice of study mode on the application form.
Either a Second-class Honours degree in any discipline from a recognized university or a degree in medicine. Applicants with an appropriate technical qualification and work experience, or equivalent qualifications, are also welcome to apply and their applications will be considered.
* Tuition fee: fees status is considered on application.