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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

This award focuses on the current challenges and policy debates in local/national/global responses in meeting the health needs of populations affected by or recovering from instability and conflict.

Students will examine the concepts of vulnerability and resilience of individuals, households and their interaction with health systems in conflict and post-conflict settings, as well as strategies for rebuilding the health system in fragile states. Re-establishing human resource systems provision and psychosocial interventions in a range of crisis settings is also part of this coherent 15-week study programme for health and humanitarian workers seeking to consolidate and extend learning in this area.

Careers

Our courses have been helping people to 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
Part time fee is £1,615 per 15 credits / £2,150 per 20 credits. This fee is guidance for Full time students.
Start date

September 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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