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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) 

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

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Health, Population and Society in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 15/84

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 £12,504; overseas £19,344

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

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions