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Full time & Part time September, January MSc, PGCert, PGDip 1 year full time, 2-7 years part time 31 January 2024 30 September 2023

About the course

Do you want to make a difference to the health of people in low-resource settings? Are you passionate about social justice or 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. 

Global health is increasingly being framed as a major driver of development, international co-operation and diplomacy, both during and beyond 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. 

The MSc Global Health course will offer you a thorough grounding in this multidisciplinary field, with the opportunity to specialise your studies if you wish later on. The course can be studied full or part-time.

Why QMU?

  • Unique academic institution: The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at QMU offers 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.  
  • Make a difference to your career and to others' lives: Our courses put a strong focus on the social aspects of health and on health systems strengthening from a community-based 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. 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. 
  • Access to expertise and industry connections: 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. 
  • Join us on our 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.  
  • Wide ranging teaching and research expertise: Our teaching and research expertise spans multiple aspects of global health and development. These range from health financing, support to fragile and conflict-affected settings, to refugee integration and child protection. 
  • Links with industry/professional bodies: Our work with a number of internationally recognised organisations and professional bodies helps shape the content of our courses. We have links with various bodies.

 Who is this course for?

This course will be relevant to you if you are working, or planning to work, in enhancing population health in low or middle-income settings, be this within governmental (eg ministries of health), non-governmental or intergovernmental organisations (eg WHO or UN agencies). 

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Entry Requirements

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: 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.

See the full course entry on the QMU website for more information on entry requirements.


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Where will I study?

Where is Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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Student Profile(s)

Eric

"I did an undergraduate degree in my home country of Malawi and went straight on to work for the Centre for Agricultural Research at the University of Malawi. From there, I moved to World Vision Malawi, where I worked as a Community Development Programme Manager for seven years and then as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for several months.

During my nine years of working, I was exposed to the enormous challenges which the poor face in their fight against poverty – health being one of these challenges. These challenges impinged greatly on all the efforts I had put into the work that I had done and I wanted to deepen my understanding of the poor, hoping to bring to light the root cause of poverty. I believed that by doing the course at Queen Margaret, I would hopefully find a solution.

The course opened my eyes to International Issues that have either a direct or an indirect impact on the socio-economic state of the poor, especially in developing countries. The lecturers were very supportive and made my study and stay in Edinburgh very memorable.

Currently, I am doing Community Development Consulting in Malawi and Southern Africa (and hoping to expand the market to the whole of Africa). The course has helped me in so many ways: for example, it has increased my confidence and I have an expanded my views of issues that concern the poor.

Before coming back to Malawi, I secured a place PhD study at Queen Margaret University and hope to start back there soon once I secure a scholarship. I appreciate the time I spent studying this course and I would like to encourage people, especially from developing countries to do it too. Your way of looking at/handling the poor will not be the same!"

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