Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree


Demography and Health

MSc, PGDip and PGCert

Available to study anywhere in the world

Registration for Demography and Health (MSc, PGDip, PGCert and individual modules is closed to new students for 2021- 22. Only students already registered for the programmes will be permitted to register for Demography modules for 2021-22.

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

Stand-alone modules specialising in Demography and Health are available for study. Stand-alone modules offer specialised professional training in population studies, with a particular emphasis in health and social epidemiology. They can 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.

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

  • 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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Key dates

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

How you study

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 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 Online Library provide access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

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

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

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.

Entry requirements

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 for DEM101, DEM202, DEM204 and DEM205, 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.

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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 programme fees below refer to the 2022–2023 session only and are effective from 1 December 2021. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Application fee
Application fee (non-refundable) £107
The application fee (non-refundable) is payable when you make your application for an MSc, PGDip or PGCert. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer inviting you to register. The application fee is separate to other fees listed. There is no application fee for our Individual modules taken on a standalone basis.
Full programme fee 2022-2023
MSc 16000
Postgraduate Diploma 12670
Postgraduate Certificate 9360
Indicative totals*
MSc 16107
Postgraduate Diploma 12777
Postgraduate Certificate £9467
Pay as you go
Registration fee 1470
Core module 1960
Elective module 810
Individual modules (Standalone)
Total per module 2390

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*The indicative totals include the application fee, all module and continuation fees payable to the University of London for the duration of your study, as well as online tutor support. This fee does not include applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, local exam centre fees and fees payable to University of London Recognised Teaching Centres.

More about programme fees.

Additional Costs

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

How to pay your fees

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

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Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).

Further information about fee payment options can be found in the “How to pay your fees” link above.

Career opportunities

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?

Academic leadership

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.

Funding your study

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

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.

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