Planning and delivering humanitarian aid can quickly become a political and legal minefield. The emergence of global health law and a growing sense of the relevance and importance of national, regional and international law to global healthcare is helping policy makers, politicians and practitioners negotiate some of the ethical and legal obstacles in their way. On this specialist pathway, you will gain a richer understanding of the global health challenges and develop a deeper understanding of the relevance of ethics and law to the overarching aim of improving health for all. You will learn to critically analyse complex scenarios, investigating theories of humanitarianism, humanitarian needs, ethical principles and values. There will also be a strong focus on the application of moral and political philosophy to global health issues, in particular, theories of cosmopolitanism, distributive justice and human rights. 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) Plus one of the following modules: Global Health Ethics and Law (30 credits) Humanitarian Action and Ethics (15 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 Humanities (15 credits) Global Health and Comparative Health Systems (15 credits) Infection and Immunity (30 credits) Culture and Mental Health (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)
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 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).
English language requirements
Please find extensive information about our English language requirements on our website.
English Language Requirements
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