Significant socioeconomic and environmental changes, such as economic barriers to healthcare and climate change, have created a fresh set of global health challenges which pose significant risk to lives and livelihoods, and have exacerbated existing health inequalities and inequities – from the rapid spread of new infectious diseases like Covid to the global financial burden of non-communicable diseases. The World Economic Forum has estimated that just five of the chronic diseases – diabetes, mental illness, cancer, chronic respiratory and heart disease – will cost over $47 trillion by 2030. However, strong international commitment, coupled with new scientific and technological advances, presents a genuine opportunity to reduce the impact of these and other challenges, making now more than ever an exciting time to work in global health policy or practice. Global health is a fascinating, broad and multidisciplinary field that is underpinned by the desire to improve people’s health worldwide, reduce inequality and protect communities from global threats, such as conflict, economic crises or preventable diseases which, as coronavirus has demonstrated, do not respect national borders. In addition to our general degree in Global Health, we offer five themed degree pathways which enable you to graduate with a named degree award: Global Health and Conflict; Global Health and Humanities; Global Health and Mental Health; Global Health, Ethics and Law; and Global Health, Infection and Immunity. Core compulsory and elective modules, common to each pathway, will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to understand, interpret and help solve critical global health challenges, and prepare you to conduct a high-calibre research project in your chosen specialism. Past research projects have covered the full spectrum of the discipline – from a clinical project to examine correlation between COVID and HIV conducted here in the UK, for example, to assessment of mental health care provision in rural South Africa and an analysis of the narratives of women imprisoned in Afghanistan and Iraq. St George’s University of London is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research. We share our site with a major London teaching hospital which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions. You’ll study in a clinical setting with like-minded individuals, mixing with the many different healthcare professionals you will go on to work alongside throughout your career.
Whether you are studying for a PgCert, PgDip or MSc, you will study a core module on Global Governance for Health, followed by a range of optional modules to accrue the appropriate amount of credits for your qualification level: MSc: 180 credits PgDip: 120 credits PgCert: 60 Credits This will allow you to tailor your studies according to your interest and future career goals. MSc students will also complete a research project. Core modules Global Governance for Health (15 credits) MSc Research project (60 credits) Optional modules Antimicrobial Resistance (30 credits) Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine (30 credits) Global Health Diseases (30 credits) Global Health Ethics and Law (30 credits) Infection and Immunity (30 credits) Culture and Mental Health (15 credits) Global Health and Comparative Health Systems (15 credits) Global Health Humanities (15 credits) Humanitarian Action and Ethics (15 credits) Research support modules If you are studying a full MSc you may choose one of the following modules to help you prepare for your research project. Practical Data Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (15 credits) Research Methods (15 credits) Statistics (15 credits)
Assessments are designed to help you with preparation for your dissertation. They help you review published work critically, use appropriate experimental design, and analyse experimental data. They also enable you to develop scientific writing and presentation skills. All modules are assessed through written assignments or an oral presentation, with the exception of the statistics module which is assessed via examination. Following the research project, you will be asked to present a poster on your research.
How to apply
You can find extensive information about the support St George's provides for International students on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/offer-holders/international-student-support. This includes guidance on the visa application process, preparing for your studies, enrolment, support during your studies, and English language requirements.
You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2). For healthcare graduates, a pass is required. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry. We welcome applications from individuals from a range of backgrounds, including humanities, science and healthcare. Alternative professional qualifications, or previous related experience, may be considered and we encourage you to apply. You will be expected to have experience of working in global health (e.g. for non-governmental organisations) and you may be required to submit supplementary details (e.g. transcripts).
English language requirements
Please find extensive information about our English language requirements on our website.
English Language Requirements
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£12500||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£12500||Whole course|
|Republic of Ireland||£12500||Whole course|
Additional fee information
Information on our PG Scholarships can be found on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-scholarships
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