MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Program overview
12 months full time | 24-36 months part time
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Virtual open day
Virtual open day
Virtual open day

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming

This intensive online programme is developed and delivered with the University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH). It is primarily targeted at those interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills required to design, implement and evaluate evidence-based sexual and reproductive health programmes and policies in sub-Saharan Africa and other low- and middle-income settings.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

In order to be admitted to the MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming, an applicant must:

Hold either a first degree at the UK equivalent to Second Class Honours standard or above 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.


Hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM and UGSPH to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours degree or above.


Have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM and UGSPH to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours degree or above.

Additional requirements

Successful applicants for the MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health Policy and Programming are expected to have worked either in the health sector in a low- or middle-income country setting or the sexual and reproductive health field for a minimum of two years.

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 requirements

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

For more information regarding admission requirements, please contact the institute.

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Program content

Term One

    • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
    • Understanding and Applying Research Evidence
    • Health Policy and Systems for Sexual and Reproductive Health
    • Introduction to Health Economics (by distance learning) or Foundations for Health Promotion (by distance learning) or Health Services (by distance learning)*

Term Two and Three

Students take a total of four study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2). The list below shows recommended or compulsory modules. 

C1 slot

  • Gender and Reproductive Rights
  • Programme Monitoring and Implementation Research 

C2 slot

  • Evaluation of Public Health Interventions (by distance learning)*
  • Abortion Policy and Programming
  • Family Planning Programmes

D1 slot

  • Current Issues in Maternal and Perinatal Health
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections

    D2 slot

    • Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy & Programming (compulsory)

*Students can study throughout a year but will be suggested to study in C2 slot to take a summative assessment by the end of March.

Project Report

Students complete a written report (May-August) which may be undertaken as part of a placement, to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the programme, exploring an area of SRHR in depth. The report may also take the form of an intervention design and piloting, for example, or a policy or programme evaluation. Not all placements in a sexual and reproductive health focused organisation may lead to the identification of a suitable problem for a summer project, therefore students may also opt for a more traditional type of summer projects (i.e. a systematic review, data analysis) depending on their skills and choice of modules.

Program delivery

The programme will be delivered wholly online, with no in person attendance. There will be a mix of live and interactive activities (synchronous learning) as well as recorded or self-directed study (asynchronous learning). Examples of synchronous learning are live online lectures, group discussions and seminars which students are required to attend. Asynchronous learning includes pre-recorded lectures and independent reading.


The programme is 12 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time.

Full-time (12 months)

Full-time students are expected to study approximately 40 hours per week including about 6-12 hours of synchronous learning per week during the teaching term. Live synchronous lectures and classes sessions usually take place Monday-Friday between 9.30am and 5pm in UK time. Students are also required to attend all live sessions, group work and undertake self-led study each week. 

Part-time (24 or 36 months)

Students can study part-time by studying for two or three days per week during the teaching term, and spreading all the modules required to complete a master’s programme over two years. There are no evening or weekend classes. Depending on module selection, students may be required to attend for different days in each term. 


  • Full Fee: £22,000
  • Low- and middle-income countries: £17,000

For more information, please contact the institute.


Knowledge and understanding

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of:

  • Policy and health system factors influencing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in low and middle income settings, and how these should be taken into account in the design and delivery of effective SRH programmes  
  • The influence of socio-political, cultural, legal and ethical issues surrounding SRHR in low- and middle-income settings on the  design and delivery of SRHR programmes and policies tailored to the context 
  • Up-to-date evidence base on effective sexual and reproductive health policies and interventions 

Skills and other attributes students will be able to demonstrate

  • Critically interpret, synthesise and apply research evidence to support SRHR policies and programs 
  • Design, and cost a SRHR programme informed by the latest evidence and tailored to the context 
  • Select and deploy appropriate methods, data sources and quality measurement approaches to monitor and evaluate SRHR programmes and policies 
  • Critically appraise policy strategies to promote SRHR in low- and middle-income settings, that reflect the variation in needs of different population groups 
  • Apply skills in communication with specialist and non-specialist audiences, advocacy, and collaborative working to engage effectively with stakeholders who influence sexual and reproductive health policy and programming  

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Established in 1899, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is dedicated to improving health worldwide through training the next generation of health leaders to address major public and global health challenges. LSHTM has a unique range and...

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LSHTM is highly ranked in various university league tables, winning the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2021 in recognition of its response to COVID-19 and pandemic preparedness, as well as being #1 in the UK and #3 in the world for Public Health in the ShanghaiRankings (2021).

Teaching staff are all experts in their respective fields and continue as active researchers, bringing their wealth of experience and up-to-date knowledge directly into the lecture halls and seminar rooms. Many of the staff are well renowned, so students may find themselves being taught by figures they have read about in previous studies.

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Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
United Kingdom

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