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MSc Health, Population and Society

Course Description

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in the Department of Social Policy and offers the following benefits:
To study the interrelations between population, development and health.
The chance to develop methodological skills used in population studies.
The chance to examine health and population interactions and policy implications in considerable depth.
Teaching by specialists who are at the forefront of their disciplines.
Students normally need at least an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent. No particular academic background is required.

Programme details

The programme involves completing courses to the value of three full units and a 10,000 word dissertation on a relevant topic.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Social Epidemiology* brings together the main issues in health, population and society in developed countries, including the role of social and biological factors in determining health and mortality.
Global Health and Population Change* explores issues and measurements of health and population.
Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission o the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

Graduate destinations

Students graduating from this programme can expect to work in national and international institutions dealing with health and population issues, such as WHO, UNFPA, UNDP, IOM, as well as central and local national governments. A large number of our students have been employed in the health sector of their respective countries. Considerable interest has been shown in our students from the non-governmental sector as well as the private one. Additionally, many of our students go on to do a PhD in population health or a related discipline.

Visit the MSc Health, Population and Society page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katsuya Aihara

More than 60 years have passed since the second world war ended. Welfare states have been changing from their original shape, because plenty of factors have forced change, such as low fertility rates, increased longevity, and increasing numbers of female workers. It is interesting to me to try to understand such changes, as well as efforts to improve the original styles of welfare states. Social policy is very closely linked to our daily lives, so the public is interested in the individual policies provided and implemented by their governments, such as pensions, health and employment.

I came to LSE partly so that I could study and live in London, one of the largest and most attractive cities in the world, and also because I wanted to study European historical and cultural backgrounds as well as social policy itself. Besides, as Japan has been so much influenced by the UK (politics, social policy, etc), I wanted to know what the United Kingdom is like as a country.

LSE has many benefits to the people who come here – the diversity of students, a massive library, being in the centre of London and the kindness of staff and teachers. I enjoy the atmosphere here, which gives us freedom to do in our own way what we want to do. I have particularly benefited from the language centre programmes, which cover from how to pronounce English words to how to write a dissertation - especially helpful to us non-native English speakers. After I graduate, I am going back to my office, the House of Representatives of Japan, and will continue to support the members of the House.

(Student Profile)

Harriet Nakaggo

1846.jpg Firoz and Najma Lalji Foundation Scholar

The origin of my interest in studying in a developed country, particularly at LSE, happened during my undergraduate studies back at home in Uganda. The relatively backward education concepts and teaching methodologies have made it inevitable that Ugandan education as a whole remains out of pace with international educational development – we were taught to be job seekers but not creators. The reason why I applied for graduate study at LSE was that it is a university with a time-honoured history and academic reputation in the world.

It is as a result of the impact of my scholarship that I want to become a development activist in Uganda immediately after my programme, mostly geared to helping vulnerable children fulfil their dreams of life.


Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or overseas equivalent in any discipline; English standard level.

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