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Course content

This award is for people who have an interest in the complex policy and practice issues in diverse settings affected by conflict or countries emerging from conflict. Emphasis will be given to: the concepts of vulnerability and resilience of individuals; households and their interaction with health and social structures in the context of forced migration; the range of actors involved during the humanitarian crisis and transitional period; and the alternative approaches to psychosocial protection of individuals and communities.

The objective is to identify the needs of diverse stakeholders and formulate effective and appropriate programmatic responses.

Teaching, learning and assessment

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

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.


You will study a total of 60 credits, comprising the core modules Strengthening Health and Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-affected States; Independent Study module on a topic related to health in fragile and conflict affected states; and either Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations or Global Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing. You will select one 15 credit IGHD module*.


Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings where a social development understanding informs approaches to health. Examples of positions filled by IGHD graduates include: Health Advisor for Save the Children UK, Senior Coordinator for International Operations with Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in the Scottish NGO sector, Public Health Policy Workers for First Nation’s communities in Canada, Humanitarian Worker with Islamic Relief. Others have taken internships with organisations such as the WHO on graduation, while others have progressed to doctoral studies.

Quick facts

  • An opportunity to analyse the relationship between aspects of social development including globalisation, inequality, poverty, the role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.
  • Opportunity to focus on processes of local engagement, participation and agency in shaping health and development programmes
  • Students often collaborate with organisations in the field of social development in the UK or internationally for their dissertation projects.

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 Postgraduate Certificate in Health in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!






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