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.
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
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.
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for details.Please note module and degree names may change.
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.
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.
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.
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.