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European MSc International Health (tropEd)

Course Description

The European MSc International Health

The European MSc International Health is a prestigious one-year full-time degree taught in English and is jointly provided by nine participating tropEd institutions across Europe, Mexico and Thailand. Students experience the diverse expertise and teaching and learning approaches to international health that each participating institution has to offer.

The programme has five tracks that specialise in different aspects of international health; the Institute of International Health and Development is responsible for delivering Track 3 focusing on Sexual and Reproductive Health, along with the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam.

Track 1 Tropical Medicine and Disease Control (taught at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin and Bordeaux School of Public Health, University of Bordeaux)

Track 2 Health Systems, Policy and Management (taught at the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam)

Track 3 Sexual and Reproductive Health (taught at the Institute of International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam)

Track 4 Child Health (taught at the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin and the University College, London)

Track 5 Health Research Methods (Taught at the University College, London and University of Bergen)

The European MSc is open to all students with an interest in international health and who fulfill the entry requirements.

Highly qualified students who wish to apply for this programme are encouraged to apply for Erasmus Mundus scholarships - substantial Erasmus Mundus scholarships towards fees and living costs are available for eligible applicants.

For further information on the entry requirements, application procedure and scholarship criteria, please visit the Erasmus Mundus website

IIHD Involvement

As founder members of the tropEd network, we have worked together, since the mid 1990s, with prestigious European institutions for higher education in international health to provide high quality postgraduate opportunities. IIHD is a ‘home institute’ for students interested in following the tropEd MSc International Health and offers short courses to tropEd students from other higher education institutions who are members of this network.

Visit the European MSc International Health (tropEd) page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!

(Student Profile)


“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)


“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)


“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)


“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)


"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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Entry Requirements

For further information on the entry requirements, application procedure and scholarship criteria, please visit the IIHD website: View Website or the Erasmus Mundus website

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