What will I learn?

Do you want to make a difference to the health of people in developing countries? Are you looking for a qualification that will enable you to work at a senior level in health policy and practice in the UK or abroad, particularly in low and middle income settings? Our flexible and highly respected range of global health courses could be the perfect stepping stone for your career.

The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at QMU is a unique academic institution. We offer a range of postgraduate courses aimed specifically at those who wish to work in health policy and practice, particularly in low and middle income settings. Our courses put a strong focus on the social aspects of health and on health systems strengthening from a people’s perspective. They will equip you to assist in improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world, whether that be overseas or locally in Scotland.

Why QMU?

  • If you want to make a difference in the world of global health, a qualification from QMU can be a major turning point in your career. You will develop a strong understanding of current global health and development issues and will equip yourself with the tools you need to forge positive change locally, nationally or internationally.
  • You will learn from experienced figures in the field and make connections that could last your whole working life. At IGHD we work directly with ministries of health, international and national organisations and local communities to develop real solutions to health and development problems.
  • We are on a compassion mission. Our work at IGHD addresses the health and wellbeing of those in greatest need, whether that be vulnerable populations in Scotland or those living in low or middle income countries.
  • Our teaching and research expertise spans multiple aspects of global health and development. These range from health financing, and support to fragile and conflict-affected settings, to refugee integration and child protection.

Course overview

If you want to take a broad approach to your learning, you can enrol on our MSc Global Health. This approach offers you a thorough grounding in this multidisciplinary field and you can later decide to specialise your studies if you wish.

MSc Global Health

Global health is increasingly being focused on as a major driver of development, international co-operation and diplomacy, not only during outbreaks of infectious diseases such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This makes it not only a very interesting field of study, but also an incredibly important one regardless of the setting you will work in.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is comprised of a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans, projects and presentations.

For your dissertation projects, you can chose to do a desk study involving a literature review or conduct primary data collection in collaboration with national or international organisations working in health and development.

Careers

Our courses have been helping people successfully advance their careers in global health for many years. Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings where a social development understanding informs approaches to health.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Which department am I in?

Queen Margaret University

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,500.00 (US$ 20,835) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

January 2022

Venue

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University Drive,

Musselburgh,

Edinburgh,

EH21 6UU, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must hold a good Bachelors degree from a recognised university will be considered.

For international students

Students need to have a UK honours degree or equivalent from a relevant subject area (arts, humanities, health or social sciences). Students without an honours degree may be considered if they have other relevant qualifications and/or appropriate work experience. International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.0 with no individual component score less than 5.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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