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Demography and Health

MSc, PGDip and PGCert

Applications for the distance learning MSc Demography & Health will not be open for entry in 2019/20.

A review of the programme will be carried out over the next six months. Please see other distance learning and on-campus programmes offered by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine through the University of London. If you have any queries, please contact the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at

The MSc Demography and Health offers professional training in population studies, with a particular emphasis in health and social epidemiology. It will provide you with training in the theories and methods of demography and population sciences and their application to health, social welfare and economic development.

The programme 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.

Study postgraduate courses developed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine by distance learning.

Course details

  • MSc: You complete either 12 modules, or 9 modules plus a project report.
  • PGDip: You complete 8 modules.
  • PGCert: You complete 4 modules.

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Applications for the distance learning MSc Demography & Health will not be open for entry in 2019/20.

A review of the programme will be carried out over the next six months. Please see other distance learning and on-campus programmes offered by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine through the University of London. If you have any queries, please contact the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at

The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines), using the study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.

In some countries, degrees earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Study materials

Your study materials may include online materials, subject guides, readers, textbooks, additional computer software (e.g. Stata), past examination papers and examiners’ reports, and handbooks.

All of your study materials are made available in October.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your University of London Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
  • The LSHTM library resources and the University of London Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Teaching staff facilitate and moderate online discussions, respond to academic enquiries, and provide personalised written feedback and advice on assignments.

Time commitment

You should expect to study for 15–25 hours per week throughout the study year if you wish to complete your qualification in the minimum time allowed (one year for the Postgraduate Certificate, two years for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc). Most students take between three and five years to complete the MSc.


This varies from module to module but will include a combination of unseen written exams and written assignments. More details can be found on course pages.

Exams are held in June each year. You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world (mainly Ministries of Education or the British Council). Each centre charges a fee for hosting exams.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

For entry to the programme, you will usually need one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree (e.g. bachelor) that is comparable to a UK second-class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University. Relevant subjects include any social science, quantitative or public health topic (e.g. geography, sociology, economics, political sciences, statistics, anthropology, maths, human and biological sciences, or similar).
  • A registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies.
  • An appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience.

If you do not meet the above, we can still consider your application on the basis of your qualifications, experience and references.

You also need numeracy skills, reflected by:

  • UK GCSE in Mathematics or Statistics (grade B) or equivalent.
  • A module of an undergraduate degree which includes arithmetic and basic algebra, including the manipulation of logarithms and exponents.

Find equivalent qualifications where you live.

English Language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in the written test and 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
  • TOEFL iBT: 100 overall, with 24+ in writing, 23+ in speaking, 22+ in reading and 21+ in listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic): 68 overall, with 62+ in writing and 59+ in listening, reading and speaking.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: 185 overall, with 176+ in writing and 169+ in listening.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

Equally, if you do not meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, we may still consider your application.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

View the Programme Specification to see the computer requirements for this programme.

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Full course fee 
MSc£ 13,660
Postgraduate Diploma£ 10,820
Postgraduate Certificate£ 7,980
Pay as you go 
Registration fee£ 1,260
Core module£ 1,680
Elective module£ 710
Final project (MSc only)£ 2,130
Individual courses (Standalone) 
Total per course£ 2,000


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Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for examination centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

On 1 July 2017 a Goods and Services Tax (GST) [external website] was introduced in India which applies to online services. From 1 August 2019, the University will be required to add GST at the statutory rate of 18% to its programme fees for new and continuing students resident in India.


This degree will enhance your career prospects within the health professions. If you complete the MSc successfully, you may be able to progress on to postgraduate research in the field of demography and health.

What do employers think of our graduates?

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has an international presence, and is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. It was crowned University of the Year in 2016 by Times Higher Education for its extraordinary response to the Ebola crisis.

The Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health (EPH) houses the largest group of epidemiologists, statisticians and medical demographers in Europe. It also houses nutritionists, social scientists and public health practitioners, all working on the diseases of major health importance in both industrialised and developing nations.

Academic leaders

Lynda Clarke has been at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 1987 and is Course Director for the on-campus MSc Demography and Health and MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. She also teaches on a number of modules, including Population Studies, Principles of Social Research, Research Design and Analysis.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Can I get sponsored?

If you are employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?

Free online courses

The School offers several free online courses on a wide range of health topics. These provide a great insight into the independent learning experience.

See a full list.

Open days

The School holds regular open days in London. You can come and meet staff and students and receive a tour of the School.

Find the next open day.