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MSc Health, Population and Society

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.
  • Dissertation

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

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.


Application code: L4U3 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2013: 19/80

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions