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The Global Health MSc is a pioneering teaching pathway that brings together students from a range of disciplines to understand translational health issues and key determinants affecting the global burden of disease. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically reflect on health and healthcare across the globe and apply this knowledge with supported practical experience within an international capacity.

Applicants should apply for one of four pathways:

  • Global Health with Global Surgery
  • Global Health with Health Professions Education
  • Global Health with Disasters & Adaptation
  • Global Health with Conflict & Security 

Key benefits

  • The Global Health faculty has strong links with health partnerships in Somaliland, Sierra Leone and DR Congo, creating exciting opportunities for field research. 
  • The course offers a broad range of global health expertise – from the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy to the four health schools and the three partner NHS Foundation Trusts.
  • Advanced teaching delivered through an innovative combination of interactive small group work, film, practical classroom tasks and observation in local health settings.
  • Combines the development of a strong interdisciplinary foundation in global health with the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in a particular subject area
  • Specifically designed to focus on specialist training, to network with relevant NGOs at an early stage and to meet the needs of people working in international agencies, humanitarian organisations, and NGOs.


The Global Health MSc takes an innovative approach to teaching by providing an interdisciplinary foundation in health and social sciences before providing you with the opportunity to specialise in one of four advanced areas of study. 

  •  Global Surgery: This pathway explores global burden of surgical disease and the place of surgery within the field of global health. This pathway introduces the concept of universal access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anesthesia care. The role of surgical and anesthesia care in improving the health of individuals and the economic productivity of countries; the state of surgical care across the globe; and a framework for scaling up surgical care at the global, national and local level will be explored. The pathway will prepare students for global health careers focused on providing and developing surgical services and surgical health system strengthening. 
  • Health Professions Education: This pathway introduces students to debates around the teaching of health professionals across the world. It highlights issues in curriculum design, pedagogy, assessment and training in different geographical, political and social contexts. It encourages students to develop the skills necessary to develop and deliver their own teaching, and to critical assess the factors underpinning the success or failure of educational interventions. Students This pathway will prepare students for global health careers focused on health professionals education in response to shifting global priorities.
  • Disasters & Adaptation: This pathway explores the pressures shaping trade-offs between development, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk. The pathway focuses on the roles of the different actors in global health and disaster prevention and response, thinking about the international, national and local architecture of disaster risk and adaption policy. This pathway will prepare students for careers focused on managing disasters through humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction approaches. This pathway is taught by the KCL Geography Department. 
  • Conflict & Security: This pathway explores the linkages between security and development and key debates and theories in global health and conflict. The pathway focuses on the linkages between conflict and security, including the mechanisms by which development may serve to either generate and exacerbate violent conflict or prevent and mitigate it. This pathway will prepare students for global health careers focused on humanitarian action during conflict, peace building and post-conflict reconstruction. This pathway is taught in conjunction with the Department of War Studies at King's.

This applied approach will enable you to reflect on theoretical and ethical debates, and assess their relevance to the realities of fieldwork using case studies. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, and share their knowledge and experiences of working in healthcare, development and humanitarian settings.

The programme offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. It is made up of optional and required modules totalling 180 credits, with 60 credits coming from a dissertation based on your specialised area of study.

Part-time students should plan to take their Specialist Pathway modules within one academic year, and should plan to complete the Research Methods module and dissertation within the other academic year, optional modules can be studies in either the first or second year.

Full-time students will have 3-4 teaching days and 1-2 days self-study per week depending on the term. Please note both full-time and part-time study will require a weekly attendance commitment. For further details, and for those in full-time employment, we recommend you contact the department directly to discuss.

Career prospects

This programme provides high quality graduate training for students seeking employment in the global health sector in high and low income countries, in humanitarian emergency settings, and in policy making, research and advocacy roles.

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