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This is the second of two specialised master’s pathways within our global health and development programme. This award particularly attracts social science graduates, health and social care professionals and others who have an interest in issues such as gender equity and globalisation and their effects on the health and wellbeing of people in developing countries.

The ‘mainstreaming’ of social development is a key element of current development policy and practice. This pathway enables students to focus on key issues considered within such developments, including gender awareness, the development of civil society, empowerment, and the linkage between healthcare and other sectors.

This award will build on the participant’s experience, developing their understanding of the key factors and forces shaping the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations in low, middle income and transitional countries. It will also focus on specialist areas of social development (development policy analysis, frameworks for social analysis and sustainable livelihoods) and in an evidence-based critique of policy and practice.

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 examinations. For their dissertation projects, students can chose to collect desk-based studies, or conduct primary data collection in collaboration with national or international organisations working in health and development.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your exact attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules typically run over five weeks and involve two sessions of three hours in class each week. In addition, for each module students spend around 10-12 hours of each week on preparatory class work independently and with colleagues, including readings and exercises available on dedicated web-based learning platforms.

Modules

Students study core modules totalling 105 credits. This includes foundational study of global heath and development, through such subjects as Global Health and Social Policy; Researching Global Health and Development; Global Public Health; and Health Systems; and then extends through more focused study of subjects such as Social Development Policy and Practice and Gender, Health and Development. You will also choose one 15 credit elective class from classes available within the Institute or from other QMU programmes recognised as of relevance.

For the MSc award the culmination of your study will be completion of a dissertation involving desk study or fieldwork on an approved topic related to social development and health (60 credits).

Careers

As a graduate you will be well equipped for employment as a global health practitioner with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health issues. Graduates have secured technical, advocacy and leadership positions with national and global programmes, addressing such issues as safe motherhood, adolescent friendly health services, health of sexual minorities, HIV treatment and prevention, and FGM.

Quick facts

  • Broadens your perspective on a range of sexual and reproductive health issues (eg maternal mortality, unsafe abortion, infertility), paying special attention to politics, gender and inequalities.
  • Offers a unique opportunity to discuss sexual and reproductive health in low, middle and high income settings in an extremely diverse, international group of students.
  • Equips you with insight into rights based approaches and skills to critique and develop sexual and reproductive health policies, services and interventions.

Santander Scholarships

Santander Scholarships: 2 x £5,000 scholarships are available for international students undertaking a course within the IGHD.

See http://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-andfunding/ scholarships-for-new-students/ for more information.


Visit the MSc Social Development and Health page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

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