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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

The Global Health and Conflict MSc is intended for students interested in the impact that conflict has on health. It is especially relevant for individuals who are interested in working in conflict zones and areas affected by natural and man-made disasters.

This programme covers aid provision across a spectrum of hostile environments encompassing natural disasters, man-made disasters and conflict in all its forms. Providing care in these environments needs an understanding of the situation, and how this constricts and limits what can be achieved. This understanding bridges the fields of medicine, politics, economics, history and international relations. You will enjoy fascinating practical sessions working alongside module director Mr Steve Mannion, a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, who works in conflict zones and resource-constrained settings across the world.

Global health is a broad discipline that attracts multidisciplinary involvement from people who want 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, and many world-leading clinicians teach on our courses. 

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 policy maker. You will develop the ability to make a real difference to the pursuit of health equity and global social justice.

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Highlights

  • The flexible structure of the MSc Global Health suite 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.

  • Enjoy 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

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

  • Part-time MSc: £11,250 per annum

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.

All qualifications must have been awarded no more than five years before the start date of the course you are applying for.

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Undergraduate degree or equivalent

You should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates a pass is required.

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

Alternative qualifications

Alternative professional qualifications, or previous related experience, may be considered. Applicants in this situation are encouraged to apply. You will be expected to have experience of working in global health (eg for non-governmental organisations) and you may be required to submit supplementary details (eg transcripts). Alternatively, you may be required to complete one taught module before upgrading to the MSc.

English language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

English language tests are valid for only two years. If you took a test more than two years ago, you may be required to complete another. Applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.

  • IIELTS: overall 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

  • Pearson (PTE Academic): overall 65, with 65 in Writing and 59 in Reading, Listening and Speaking

  • Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English): overall 185, with no less than 185 Writing and 176 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): overall 185, with no less than 180 in each section

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.

Applying for modules

Applications for stand-alone modules will be subject to the same entry requirements described above.

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.

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. 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.

The MSc Global Health and Conflict allows you to focus on the delivery of medicine in man-made and natural disaster zones, while allowing the flexibility to tailor your MSc from a wide choice of other global health subjects.

The full MSc comprises 180 credits.

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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 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. This module will give you a richer understanding of the global health challenges that face healthcare professionals, politicians and policy makers in the 21st century, and the importance of good governance in achieving health equity. 

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 in and diverse skills required for humanitarian work, and guide learning of good management practice. These case studies will 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.

MSc research project (60 credits)

This module gives you the opportunity to conduct an independent project related to your area of interest. It 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 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).

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. By completing the module, you will gain a richer understanding of the global health challenges that face healthcare professionals, politicians and policy makers and you will 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 drives 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 the analysis of health systems in both the global north and south. You will explore issues concerning health system service models and design. Amongst these you will explore relevant issues including the relationship between supply and demand, models of healthcare resource allocation, 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 in bringing health injustice and human rights abuses to light for various organisations. You will also learn about the role of narrative in promoting health particularly in societies facing conflict, oppression and lack of health care 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

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 help you apply in practice the qualitative and quantitative methodologies that are taught in these lectures. You will develop skills in understanding, critically interpreting and extracting data, and will be supported 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 methods appropriate to research undertaken in areas from biomedical science to health services research.

Statistics (15 credits)

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

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

We’re delighted you want to apply to us. 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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References

Please provide two references to support your application. These must be submitted using the Reference Request Form.

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. (See the form for more detail on what the references should cover.)

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.

They should be dated no more than a year before the date of your application, and must 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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