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Course summary

The Global Health, Ethics and Law MSc will enable you to consider global health from a normative perspective. You will learn about the emergence of global health law and the relevance of national, regional and international law to healthcare. There will also be a strong focus on the application of moral and political philosophy to global health issues. In particular, close attention will be paid to theories of cosmopolitanism, distributive justice and human rights. The Humanitarian Action and Ethics module will examine the ethical challenges faced in increasingly complex humanitarian crises and environments. You will learn to critically analyse complex scenarios, investigating theories of humanitarianism, humanitarian needs, ethical principles and values. Global health is a broad discipline that attracts multidisciplinary involvement from those who wish to pursue an internationally focused career in development, policy, education, research or humanitarian relief. This will include doctors and other health professionals, as well as a range of people with an interest in governance, management, law, politics, economics, policy, science, anthropology, philosophy and ethics. This Global Health MSc is a broad-ranging practical and clinical course that covers many different aspects of global health practice and policy. We have excellent local, regional and international links, enabling our students to complete global health projects in many different locations around the world. The university also shares its campus with one of the largest NHS teaching hospitals, and many world-leading clinicians teach on our courses. This stimulating and vibrant programme will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to understand, interpret and help solve critical global health challenges, empowering you to pursue an exciting international career as a global health practitioner or policymaker. The programme will also give you the ability to make a real difference in the pursuit of health equity and global social justice.


The MSc Global Health and Ethics programme allows you to study core modules that focus on governance and ethics, alongside a number of options from a wide choice of other global health subjects. The full MSc comprises 180 credits. Core modules You must study either Global Health, Ethics and Law or Humanitarian Action Ethics, or both. Global Governance for Health (15 credits) Global Health Ethics and Law (30 credits) Humanitarian Action and Ethics (15 credits) MSc research project (60 credits) Antimicrobial Resistance (30 credits) Optional modules Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine (30 credits) Global Health Diseases (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) Research support modules 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)

How to apply

International applicants

You can find extensive information about the support St George's provides for International students on our website: 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 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

Tuition fees

England £12000* Whole course
Northern Ireland £12000* Whole course
Scotland £12000* Whole course
Wales £12000* Whole course
EU £22750* Whole course
International £22750* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

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Global Health, Ethics and Law at St George's, University of London - UCAS