Gender equality creates a sustainable future
Equal access to sexual, reproductive health care is essential for sustainable development because of its impact on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, their links to gender equality and women’s wellbeing and their roles in shaping future economic development and environmental sustainability.
contributes to positive economic, health and educational outcomes for children and their parents.
As a student in this programme you will be part of an interactive and international learning environment. The programme is led by our faculty team who have extensive experience working with international collaborators including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Swedish Intrenational Development Agency (SIDA).
The programme will provide you with a global perspective on the state of people’s sexual and reproductive health and will enhance your ability to implement evidence-based strategies that improve quality of health care. Two recuring themes in the programme are promoting gender equality and implementing strategies for evidence based practice. You will be equiped to enhance population health in middle or low-income countries.
Who should apply?
You should have a desire to combine your passion for sustainable development with a curiosity for research aiming to promote equal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. We accept applicants with a broad range of academic backgrounds in health and social sciences. You wish to work or already work within non-governmental or intergovernmental organisations eg. WHO or UN agencies and have documented knowledge of spoken and written English.
How To Apply
Applying to the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme is quick and easy. Just complete these two steps:
- Click on the blue "Apply" button to create a user account and add the programme to your account in the online application portal.
- Submit the required documents to verify that you fulfill the entry requirements listed below. It is usually possible to upload the required documents to your user account.
This faculty will select the most qualified candidates by reviewing the academic background, CV and Statement of Purpose submitted by all eligible applicants.
All courses are taught in English. The programme comprises 60 credits (1 credit = 1 ECTS) and begins at the start of the autumn semester in late August. Note: 1.5 credits = one week of full-time study.
Semester 1 (Autumn) - Late August to January
In the first semester, you will get an overview of the field of sexual and reproductive health from a global perspective and in parallel deepen your knowledge in related research methodology and implementation of evidence within the field and related strategies. You will study these courses:
- Global Sexual Reproductive Health (15 credits)
- Evidence based Sexual Reproductive Health and Research Methodology (7.5 credits)
- Implementing strategies for quality improvements in SRH care setting (7.5 credits)
Semester 2 (Spring) - Late January to Mid-June
In the second semester, you will have time to focus, and deepen knowledge within health systems research, leadership and management combined with the possibility to start the field work for the master's thesis. During the second part of the second semester the student will focus entirely on the master's thesis. This includes in-depth studies within a chosen area, analysis and interpretation, report writing and a presentation, defending of the report at a seminar.
- Health Care system research in low resource settings (7.5 credits)
- Leadership and Management within health care systems (7.5 credits)
- Thesis Global Sexual and Reproductive Health (15 credits)
Teaching consists of blended learning using net-based techniques and a mix of lectures, seminars and individual studies. Guest lectures and seminars headed by representatives from regional and international partner organizations are a part of the programme. You will get the opportunity to develop your ability to understand, interpret and critically evaluate scientific literature and practice this through assignments and working with the final thesis. The examinations consist of assignments and active participation in seminars and presentations.
You can receive an Erasmus+ grant to complete an internship and can apply for one up to 12 months after completing your studies. This is available to all students in the programme, regardless of nationality, who pursue an approved internship within an Erasmus+ programme country (except Sweden).
Upon completion of this programme, you will receive a Master of Science in Sexual, Reproductive and Perinatal Health (60 credits). You can use this degree to apply for PhD studies in Sweden.
Dalarna University is a small university, which will allow you to develop close professional relationships with your classmates and teachers. You will study at the Falun campus, which is located in the historic town of Falun, close to the outstanding Lugnet recreational center.
Students from the world over come to study at Dalarna University. Lessons include lectures; seminars; group discussions; presentations; study visits; and written assignments. You will normally have four to eight hours of classes a week, 20 to 30 hours of individual reading and writing assignments, and group projects.
The knowledge and experiences you share with your classmates, along with the opportunity learn from the international research projects our faculty are involved with, will prepare you to join our alumni who go on to find their ideal jobs within the field.
As a graduate you will be well equipped for a wide range of employment and a variety of advanced positions within home ministries, international NGOs and educational institutions. Examples of employments are; health programme manager; humanitarian co-ordinator; civil society programme manager; research and advocacy officer; donor agency health advisor. Upon completion of the programme, you may also apply for a PhD position within Dalarna University’s research field Health and Welfare with a Focus on Evidence-Based Practice or similar fields at any Swedish university.
Entry Requirements (August 2020)
Specific Entry Requirements
- Completed bachelor's degree equal to a Swedish degree of 180 credits majoring in Health Sciences, Social Sciences or an equivalent degree or currently completing the final year of studies leading to such a degree.
- A CV and an approved statement of purpose. (You must upload the form found at this link together with a CV to your user account at www.universityadmissions.se or www.antagning.se)
- Documented English language proficiency equivalent to English B/English 6 at Swedish upper-secondary school (more information below).
English Language Proficiency
The most common tests and important scores that are accepted are:
- IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
- TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
Please check the University Admissions information on English Language Proficiency to see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS result.
141 000 SEK (total)
*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.
Tuition fees are paid in two installments of 70 500 SEK and the first payment must be paid no later than June 1. This allows for reasonable processing time for a residence permit application.
If you have any questions about tuition fee payments, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of scholarships available for successful applicants to the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme who are not EU/EEA citizens.
For more information about scholarships, please visit our webpage about international student scholarships or contact us using the contact form on this website.