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Course summary

Stopping infectious diseases and preparing for epidemics represent two of the 10 most urgent health challenges facing the population over the next decade, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Enhancing the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious disease and conditions linked to immune system function are therefore a top priority for global health. This specialist pathway explores some of the major causes of human disease, including tuberculosis, influenza and HIV, as well as more focused topics such as emerging infectious agents like Ebola and Zika, or infection during pregnancy, childhood or other special circumstances. You will develop your understanding of the immune system, looking at how our bodies normally protect and respond to infection, as well as the mechanisms used by pathogens to evade the immune response. We will also consider some of the latest updates in vaccine technology and immunotherapy. 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.

Modules

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) Infection and Immunity (30 credits) MSc Research project (60 credits) Optional modules Antimicrobial Resistance (30 credits) Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine (30 credits) Culture and Mental Health (15 credits) Global Health Diseases (30 credits) Global Health Ethics and Law (30 credits) Global Health Humanities (15 credits) Global Health and Comparative Health Systems (15 credits) Culture and Mental Health (15 credits) Humanitarian Action and Ethics (15 credits) Migration and Health (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. Research Methods (15 credits)

Assessment method

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

International applicants

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.

Entry 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 1 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).


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £12500* Whole course
Northern Ireland £12500* Whole course
Scotland £12500* Whole course
Wales £12500* Whole course
Channel Islands £12500* Whole course
Republic of Ireland £12500* Whole course
EU £24000* Whole course
International £24000* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Information on our PG Scholarships can be found on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-scholarships

Global Health, Infection and Immunity at St George's, University of London - UCAS