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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

Location

St George's, University of London

UK, EU and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

Start dates

September 2020

Significant socioeconomic and environmental changes are producing new challenges, ranging from an increase in the global burden of non-communicable diseases to the emergence and rapid spread of new infectious diseases. These evolving issues exacerbate existing health inequalities and inequities. At the same time, new scientific and technological advances hold out the prospect of substantial reductions in the overall impact of ill health, given positive governance and leadership for health.

Global health is a broad discipline that attracts multidisciplinary involvement from those who wish to pursue an internationally focused career in development, policy, education, research or humanitarian relief. This will include doctors and other health professionals as well as a range of people with an interest in governance, management, law, politics, economics, policy, science, anthropology, philosophy and ethics. 

This Global Health MSc is a broad-ranging practical and clinical course that covers many different aspects of global health practice and policy. We have excellent local, regional and international links enabling our students to complete global health projects in many different locations around the world. The university shares its campus with one of the largest NHS teaching hospitals in the UK, and many world-leading clinicians teach on our course.

This stimulating and vibrant programme will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to understand, interpret and help solve critical global health challenges, empowering you to pursue an exciting international career as a global health practitioner or policymaker. The programme will also give you the ability to make a real difference in the pursuit of health equity and global justice.

You can also study one of our specialist Global Health pathways:

  • Global Health, Ethics and Law MSc

  • Global Health and Conflict MSc

  • Global Health and Humanities MSc

  • Global Health, Infectious Disease and Immunity MSc

  • Global Health and Mental Health MSc

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Highlights

  • Flexible structure allows you to select a specialism of your choice.

  • Excellent academic connections for potential placements in London and overseas.

  • Students from a range of backgrounds, creating a diverse learning community where knowledge is shared across disciplines.

  • Working with other students, researchers and clinicians as part of a small, close-knit team, with all the advantages that brings for personal networking and development.

Tuition fees

2020 UK/EU
  • Full-time MSc: £11,000

  • Part-time MSc: £5,500 per annum

  • Full-time Postgraduate Diploma: £7,500

  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma: £4,000

  • Full-time Postgraduate Certificate: £4,000

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate: £2,000

  • Module: £1,250 per module

2020 Non-EU (International)
  • Full-time MSc: £21,500

  • Part-time MSc: £11,250 per annum

  • Full-time Postgraduate Diploma: £16,500

  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma: £8,750

  • Full-time Postgraduate Certificate: £8,250

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate: £4,400

  • Module: £2,200 per module

Fees are reviewed annually.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Funding your study

We have a range of funding opportunities available for students. You may be eligible for the following.

  • A postgraduate loan from the UK government of up to £10,609. Find out more information about postgraduate loans at fees and funding.

  • An alumni discount – if you're a former St George’s student you can qualify for an additional 10% discount from this course.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Read more information about our courses and university services terms and conditions.

To be considered for this course, you will need to:

  • meet the entry criteria

  • write a personal statement

  • provide two suitable references.

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry.

We welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including humanities, science and healthcare. 

Alternative professional qualifications, or previous related experience, may be considered and we encourage you to apply. You will be expected to have experience of working in global health (e.g. for non-governmental organisations) and you may be required to submit supplementary details (e.g. transcripts).

International qualifications

We accept equivalent qualifications gained in other countries and use UKNARIC to assess. Please see our International Student Support pages for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact us at study@sgul.ac.uk.

English language

For details on English Language requirements, please see here. This is a Group 1 course.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references. See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information.

Whether you are studying for a PgCert, PgDip or MSc, you will study a core module on Global Governance for Health, followed by a range of optional modules to accrue the appropriate amount of credits for your qualification level:

  • MSc: 180 credits

  • PgDip: 120 credits

  • PgCert: 60 Credits

This will allow you to tailor your studies according to your interest and future career goals.

MSc students will also complete a research project.

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Core modules

Global Governance for Health (15 credits)

In this module you will explore the roles and responsibilities of national and international organisations in improving the health of populations. You will learn about the role of donors and the effect of donor strategies on health at both a global and national level. You will also analyse how international organisations, national governments and non-governmental organisations attempt to reduce the global burden of disease. You will gain a richer understanding of the global health challenges that face healthcare professionals, politicians and policy makers in the 21st century, and learn about the importance of good governance in achieving health equity. 

MSc Research project (60 credits)

This module gives you the opportunity to conduct an independent project related to your area of interest. The module covers preparation and planning for the research as well as the analysis, discussion and presentation of the outcomes. You will be supervised by an experienced academic based at St George’s and, if you complete your research project abroad, you will also receive local support. 

If you are intending to take an MSc Global Health themed award, the research project must be on a topic related to that theme. 

Optional modules

Antimicrobial Resistance (30 credits)

This module will give you the opportunity to study antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with a particular focus on healthcare impact, genetic technologies and interventions to reduce AMR. You will explore the major AMR problems and the strategies needed to reduce the current and future AMR burden. You will gain insight into how different interventions may be more effective in reducing different AMR pathogens and will take advantage of active research taking place at St George’s to work on specific topics including AMR in TB, MRSA and HIV.

To study this module you should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2) in a biomedical science or a science related subject (or an equivalent overseas qualification).

Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine (30 credits)

This module will give you a thorough grounding in providing medical care in a range of hostile and challenging environments, whether man-made or natural disasters. Previous natural disasters and conflicts provide case studies through which to explore the challenges experienced, and diverse skills required, for humanitarian work, and guide your learning about good management practice. These case studies will also shine a light on some of the debates and issues surrounding humanitarian work and disaster relief. You will gain an understanding of the depth and breadth of the subject, and the importance of the external factors which impact medical care. You will also explore the important roles of other professionals in the field such as engineers and logisticians.

Global Health Diseases (30 credits)

This module deals with a wide range of clinical aspects of the major current and emerging clinical conditions affecting populations across the world. You will learn about communicable diseases such as HIV, malaria and TB, and emerging non-communicable epidemics such as obesity, diabetes and cancer. Each condition is examined from a global perspective and you will explore the aetiology, pathology, clinical manifestations, prevention approaches and schemes of clinical management of each disease. Through case studies you will also explore the importance of epidemiology, surveillance, data gathering and public health initiatives in tackling specific diseases. 

Global Health Ethics and Law (30 credits)

This module provides an opportunity for you to consider global health from an ethico-legal perspective. You will learn about cosmopolitanism, nationalism, distributive justice, consequentialism, deontology and human rights theory. You will then use a variety of theoretical normative approaches to analyse a range of global health challenges. You will also learn about the emergence of global health law and the way in which international law impacts on a range of global health issues. You will gain a richer understanding of the global health challenges that face healthcare professionals, politicians and policy makers and develop a deeper understanding of the relevance of ethics and law to the overarching aim of improving health for all. 

Infection and Immunity (30 credits)

This module will cover the broad area of the immunology of infectious disease, taking advantage of active research taking place at St George’s by exploring some of the specific causes of infection such as tuberculosis, malaria, MRSA and viral infections such as HIV. You will learn about the cellular and molecular responses to infection including innate and adaptive immune responses, and how these responses can sometimes be deleterious. The module will provide insight into the pathogenesis of infection and the virulence mechanisms involved. It will also demonstrate how an understanding of how these processes drive vaccine development, antibiotic treatment and immunotherapy.

To study this module you should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2) in a biomedical science or a science related subject (or an equivalent overseas qualification).

Culture and Mental Health (15 credits)

In this module you will learn how mental health can be improved worldwide using different cultural frameworks of mental illness. You will analyse the global development of a mental health framework from an ethical, transcultural, and human rights perspective. As part of this analysis, you will explore the theories and principles of humanitarianism. You will discuss the issues of stigma and the medicalisation of mental disorders, using case scenarios and examples of localised cultural practices in the interpretation and management of mental health. 

Global Health and Comparative Health Systems (15 credits)

In this module you will focus on the fundamental principles of health system organisation and financing, considering a number of conceptual frameworks for analysis of health systems in both the global north and south. You will explore the issues that concern health system service models and design, alongside relevant issues including the relationship between supply and demand, models of allocation of healthcare resources, and methods to measure and compare health system performance.

Global Health Humanities (15 credits)

In this module you will examine different aspects of the humanities in global health: narrative-based medicine; the role of the humanities in medical education; cross-cultural concepts of health and illness; exiled writers and health activism; therapeutic aspects of health humanities; cultural competency; global narratives; and story-telling for trauma. You will reflect on and consider topics that you personally perceive as being crucial for global health, and the role of narrative for bringing health injustice and human rights abuses to light for various organisations. During the module you will also learn about the role of narrative in promoting health, particularly in societies facing conflict, oppression and lack of healthcare resources.

Humanitarian Action and Ethics (15 credits)

This module explores some of the most pressing questions about the fragility of the human condition. Humanitarian action must now respond to increasingly complex crises. Challenges faced by humanitarian workers are impacted by the changing nature of conflict, climate change and disasters in a globalised world. In addition, humanitarian organisations are under pressure in terms of their values and roles in volatile political situations. Human rights frameworks need to be examined against the backdrop of health injustice, vulnerable populations and the demand that humanitarian actors undertake roles in truth, peace, reconciliation and justice efforts. You will critically analyse ethical dilemmas faced by humanitarian health actors, drawing on case scenarios and examples of their moral experience of the field.

Research support modules

If you are studying a full MSc you may choose one of the following modules to help you prepare for your research project.

Practical Data Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (15 credits)

This module will teach you how to practically apply the qualitative and quantitative methodologies taught in those modules. You will develop skills in understanding, critically interpreting and extracting data, and in the application of appropriate qualitative and quantitative data analysis methodologies. 

Research Methods (15 credits)

This module introduces you to a range of research approaches and appropriate methods relevant to your degree course. It covers research methods appropriate to undertaking projects in areas from biomedical science to health services research.

Statistics (15 credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce you to modern statistical techniques and methods. In particular, you will be encouraged to critically appraise the statistical methods used in research papers, and develop the skills needed to interpret the results of the analyses presented and evaluate the inferences made.

You will develop an understanding of statistical techniques and methods so that you can analyse quantitative data and make inferences from the results when undertaking your research project. The module is delivered by lectures and group discussions, supplemented by self-directed learning.

Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including group lectures, course-specific seminars and small group sessions. You will also participate in self-directed study and wider reading, as well as individual and group practical sessions.

The course is designed to encourage you to progress towards greater self-direction in your studies; you are encouraged to develop insight into your own learning styles and thus to become responsible for your own learning and professional development. Personal and professional development is fostered through academic study, the promotion of self-directed learning activities, and the implementation of a research project under supervision.

You will encounter a wide range of teaching and learning strategies appropriate to the learning context. Combining these strategies during the course will enable you to develop an investigative, independent and individualised approach to learning and to undertake an extended research project.

There is a wide variety of optional modules and also a broad and exciting range of research projects including humanities projects, laboratory projects and clinical projects. Research projects will be offered in London and internationally. This diversity is common across our whole MSc Global Health suite of programmes.

By designing the suite as a series of related but independent modules, we can deliver a highly flexible programme. You have the option a full MSc over one year full-time or two years part-time. Alternatively, you can study for a PgCert or PgDip. Each module can also be studied independently as Continued Professional Development (CPD).

At St George’s, you’ll benefit from working as part of a small, close-knit team. Students, clinicians and researchers work happily and effectively together in a small community, with all the advantages that brings for personal input and development.

When you graduate with a Global Health MSc from St George’s, you’ll open your world to a range of opportunities.

The breadth of experience that you will gain on the course will place you in prime position to make impactful change relating to your area of interest. You will have the skills to go on to work as a global health practitioner, policy maker, consultant or researcher in either government or the private sector, as well as national and international agencies.

Before beginning your application please check the entry criteria of the course you wish to study to ensure you meet the required standards.

All applications must be submitted through our online application system.

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How to apply

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  5. When you have checked that your application is complete and accurate, click ‘submit’.

You can track your application online.

References

When completing your application, you will be asked to provide contact details of two referees. Please ensure these details are accurate. As soon as you have submitted your application, your referees will be contacted by the university asking them to upload a reference to your online application.

One must be a recent academic reference. The other should be either a second academic reference or a professional/employer reference. They should cover your suitability for the course and your academic ability.

Your referees should know you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. We do not accept references from family, friends, partners, ex-partners or yourself.

We will send reminder emails to your referees but it is your responsibility to ensure that contact details are correct and referees are available to submit a reference. References should be uploaded within two weeks of making your application.

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Duration

One year full-time, two years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

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