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Deadline: 1 March 2024

It is vital for global health efforts in sexual and reproductive health and rights to be expanded. This includes building more capacity in this field. From contraception to gender rights, and many other related topics, join us to learn more about the emerging and neglected issues across the area of sexual and reproductive health policy and programming.

Developed and delivered by LSHTM and the University of Ghana School of Public Health (UGSPH), this is an intensive online programme that can be taken either full time (one year) or built to work alongside your employment part-time over two years. You will be taught by a team of academic staff and experts who have experience in developing policy and contributing to global health programmes. Your focus will be on developing skills to build programmes and influence policies that make a difference to the sexual and reproductive health of populations. Equipped with advanced knowledge of social-political, cultural, legal, and ethical issues surrounding sexual and reproductive health, you’ll finish the course ready to bring change and shape policies and practice.

What you will learn

  • Explore policy and health system factors influencing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in low and middle-income settings

  • Investigate the influence of socio-political, cultural, legal, and ethical issues surrounding SRHR

  • Study up-to-date evidence on effective SRH policies and interventions

  • Design and cost SRHR programmes informed by the latest evidence and tailored to the context, including selecting appropriate methods to monitor and evaluate them

  • Apply skills in communication with specialist and non-specialist audiences, advocacy, and collaborative working to engage effectively with stakeholders who influence SRH policy and programming 

Ideal Candidates

We’ve designed this course for those interested in learning to design, implement, evaluate, and advocate for evidence-based sexual and reproductive health programmes and policies. Our focus is across low-, and middle- income settings and we also draw from global examples. Perhaps you’re already working as a midwife, doctor, programme officer, or another role in SRH. You could also be intercalating study during your medical training or have a bachelor's degree in social science. You would have some previous experience in either low- and middle-income countries or in the SRH field.

Whatever your background, you’ll be the perfect fit for this course if you’re motivated to improve how SRH care is delivered and can demonstrate how studying the course will fit into your career growth path. Graduates particularly work for NGOs or ministries of health, influencing policy and programmes. 


For the 2024-25 MSc SRHP&P Scholarships, there are 50 scholarships available. Application deadline: 1 March 2024. To be eligible for these competitive scholarships, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be nationals of, and ordinarily resident in, a sub-Saharan African country (as defined by the World Bank).

  • Have submitted an application for the online MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy and Programming programme, with all required supplementary documents.

  • Have worked either in the sexual and reproductive health field or other health-related field(s) in any sub-Saharan Africa country for a minimum of two years.

Mode of 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 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 class 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 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. 

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 (2:2) 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 or the GMC.


  • 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 (2:2) degree or above.


  • have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM and UGSPH to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above.

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