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MSc Social Development and Health


Course Description

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

For their dissertation projects, students often collaborate with organisations in the field of social development in resource poor settings or transitional economies.

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, at least three weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Modules

15 credits: Global Health and Social Policy/ Social Development Policy and Practice/ Researching Global Health and Development/ Research Design and Proposal Writing (distance) or Qualitative Research/ Gender, Health and Development/ Project Design and
Management*
You will also study two 15 credit modules of your choice.
If studying for the MSc, you will also complete a dissertation.
Additional elective modules available.
Please contact for details.Please note module and degree names may change.

Careers

Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings including as Health Advisors for Save the Children UK and Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, Senior Coordinator for International Operations at Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in Scottish NGOs, Public Health Policy Worker for first nation’s communities in northern Canada, humanitarian workers for Islamic Relief, internships at WHO as well as progressing to PhD studies.

Quick Facts

An opportunity to analyse the relationship between aspects of social development including globalisation, inequality, poverty, role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.

For people seeking to work in resource poor or middle income and transitional economies.

Appraisal of effective planning and implementation of health and social interventions.

Santander Scholarships

2 x £5,000 scholarships could be available for international students undertaking a course within the IGHD. Visit http://www. qmu.ac.uk/international/ fees_funding.htm for more information.

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

(Student Profile)

Theresia

“I was really happy to study International Health here and meet people from all over the world (…). In class and during the group work it was sometimes challenging but interesting to discuss issues with people from so many different backgrounds. Here with smaller classes, I had the feeling that people in the course felt at the same level, in a safe environment and thus were motivated to discuss openly, challenge and engage with the material without the fear of losing their ‘face’ or status.

I think the programmes here are ideal for people who have some practical experience in working in international health and want to gain knowledge on the global context, historical background, social, cultural and economic issues, policy and theories.. The modules allow you to take a step back from the practical issues in the field and provide you with the tools necessary to research and analyse matters related to international health.”

(Student Profile)

Canisious

“I am a medical doctor. Before I came here I was working with an NGO focusing on women’s issues. After looking into the problems they were facing, I wanted to get some skills to help them more effectively. Maternal health isn’t really on the development agenda in my country.

My experience here really opened my way of thinking, broadened my mind. I’ve learnt how things are interrelated – how social factors can contribute to health outcomes. You get an insight into the debates in international development here. Now with all this knowledge I’ve been provided with, I hope to return and apply these skills. My work will become more involved in community development and less focused on the biomedical factors only.

I appreciated the style of teaching here since it is so student-centred. You are allowed to express yourself and encouraged to go beyond what the lecturers tell you, to develop new ideas, discuss and debate.

I would encourage friends to come here because even though the courses are challenging, life itself is full of challenges. The way the programmes are designed here you gain insight into so many different fields. You may be following an MSc in Population and Reproductive Health but you delve into subjects like social development, research, project design etc."

(Student Profile)

Hekmat

“Here many postgraduate students from all over the world come together and share their experiences. When I came here I saw that the problem in my country is the same as in other countries but the solutions are different. Through the group work with my colleagues, I gained so much insight into their experiences. When I wanted to find out about something in a different country, I would just ask some of my colleagues and find out about the many issues affecting them.

What I’ve learned here is that the solution to working on problems must be developed by the people who are part of the culture of the country that is affected. Difficulties arise when large organisations want to implement development policies across several countries.. each country has its own way of dealing with things.”

(Student Profile)

Margreat

“It was a lot of work and often quite difficult but it’s a great advantage to take the course. You’re not focused on one area but broaden your horizon. I’ve done things on health policy, gender, ethics – things I wouldn’t have considered earlier.

What I’ve learned here at IGHD is that you can empower people to speak. You have rights as a patient and we can encourage them to speak about their context and concerns.”

(Student Profile)

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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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh International Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMU Scholarships
The following scholarships are for new International Students (from outside the EU on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the academic year 2014-15. The student must be holding an offer from QMU in order
to apply. They do not need to have accepted their offer however.The scholarship is granted as a reduction of the tuition fee and is available to students who are self-funding with an international tuition fee of more than £9,000 for a single year of study only.For 2014-15 entry, Queen Margaret University are pleased to offer the following scholarships:• 10 x £3000 scholarships for international students applying for any course, from any country.
• 3 x £2000 scholarships for students from Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore, applying for programmes in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Radiographic Studies (1 scholarship per subject)
• 5 x £3000 for students from South East Asia (in particular: China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore)
• 2 x £5000 for Indian Students (a combination of a Saltire scholarship with a top up by QMU*)
• 2 x £3000 for students from QMU priority new markets (in particular Kurdistan and China)http://www.qmu.ac.uk/international/Documents/International%20Scholarships.pdf

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000, £3,000, £5,000

Eligibility

First year of post graduate degree

Application Procedure

Applications forms will be sent to eligible students who have received an offer of place of study at the University

Further Information

http://www.qmu.ac.uk/international/fees_funding.htm#scholarships


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Scotland's Saltire Scholarships - 8 Awards

[[Saltire Scholarships]]Saltire scholarships are awarded jointly by the Scottish Government and Queen Margaret University. They are to the value of £2000 and are exclusively for students from the following countries:• China (2 scholarships @ £2000)
• Canada (2 scholarships @ £2000)
• USA (2 scholarships @ £2000)
• *India (2 scholarships @ £2000 offered in conjunction with a £3000 QMU scholarship totalling £5000, see above)How to apply:
Go to the following website for an application form: http://www.talentscotland.com/Students/Study/Scholarships/Saltire-Scholarships.aspx

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

Canadian, Chinese, Indian and US students studying on full time masters programmes at QMU.

Application Procedure

http://www.talentscotland.com/Students/Study/Scholarships/Saltire-Scholarships.aspx

Further Information

http://www.talentscotland.com/Students/Study/Scholarships/Saltire-Scholarships.aspx


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Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

[[Santander Scholarships]]Santander Bank allocates a number of £5000 Scholarships to the University.
They are awarded as follows:
• 2 x £5000 for any International student
• 1 x £5000 for an International student undertaking MSc Art Therapy
• 2 x £5000 for International students undertaking a programme within the Institute of International Health and Development
• 2 x £5000 for an International student undertaking a two year MSc Programme.How to apply:
Please complete the application form (same form as for QMU scholarships) which can be downloaded from our website: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/international/fees_funding.htm#scholarshipsThe deadline date for submission of applications for 2014 entry will be displayed on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Santander scholarships cover part or full costs of fees for students from Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rica, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Application Procedure

http://www.qmu.ac.uk/international/fees_funding.htm#scholarships

Further Information

http://www.qmu.ac.uk/international/fees_funding.htm#scholarships


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Visit Website to see a full list of Scholarship Schemes - Single Award

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Value of Scholarship(s)

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Eligibility

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Application Procedure

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Further Information

http://www.qmu.ac.uk/iihd/scholarships_funding.htm



Entry Requirements

Honours degree or diploma, preferably in a health-related or social science area. Some exposure/experience of development work in low-middle income countries would be an asset. International: Students whose first language is not English are required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

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