Global Health MSc

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About the course

About this course
  • Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • Application deadline: 03 July 2023
Global warming, conflict zones and unfair healthcare provision are among the most urgent health challenges facing the population over the next decade. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), solving them will require a coordinated effort from the global health sector, policymakers, international agencies and communities. Could you be part of that solution?
If you are looking to make a real difference in the pursuit of health equity and global justice, our stimulating suite of MScs in Global Health will help you better understand global health issues, policy and practices in the 21st century. Reflecting contemporary concerns and areas of research excellence at St George’s, we offer five specialist pathways in Global Health – in Conflict, Humanities, Mental Health, Ethics and Law, and Infection and Immunity – as well as the broad-based general degree.
St George’s, University of London is the UK’s specialist health university and has been delivering health education since 1752. We share a campus with one of the UK’s largest teaching hospitals, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Course highlights
  • Flexible structure allows you to tailor your studies by specialising in one of our named degree pathways and you have significant freedom in choosing from a large range of optional modules.
  • Opportunity to spend up to four months on a research project working directly alongside high-calibre leading researchers, respected within their fields.
  • Our students have completed global health projects in many different locations around the world, including Cambodia and Sierra Leone previously, for example.
  • Our public Spotlight on Science talks cover topical global health issues and present our own scientists’ research – recent topics have included coronavirus vaccines, immunotherapy and tuberculosis.
  • Learn numerous, valuable transferrable skills including critical appraisal, problem-solving, research techniques, utilising large data, numeracy and presenting skills.
Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including group lectures, tutor-led seminars, postgraduate masterclasses and workshops and case or scenario-based learning sessions. For example, in the Global Governance for Health module, you will explore the impact of corruption in healthcare and examine the impact of various anti-corruption policies on health. You will also participate in self-directed study and wider reading, as well as individual and group practical sessions.
Personal and professional development is fostered through academic study, self-directed learning activities and the implementation of a research project under supervision. With opportunities in London and internationally, research projects reflect the flexibility offered throughout the programme with the potential to study an exciting range of subject matter as part of a humanities, laboratory or clinical project.
The course is designed to encourage you to become more self-directed in your studies and, in doing so, gain insight into your own learning styles, preparing you to take responsibility for your future learning and professional development. You will develop transferrable skills in critical thinking, communication skills, time management, planning and logistics and data analysis.
Graduating with a master’s degree in Global Health from St George’s opens up a world of opportunities – quite literally. The breadth of practical experience and insight, coupled with the international connections you will make, prepare you to make impactful change and positively influence the health of people anywhere in the world.
Careers in global health are often divided into clinical and non-clinical, with opportunities in both addressing issues of public or global health, or working in leadership, consultancy or research roles in either government or the private sector, as well as national and international agencies.
Career options include policy development, advocacy, health systems administration and management, education, research, community outreach, community healthcare planning, infectious disease management, programme planning and evaluation.
Depending on your interests and chosen specialism, you will also be able to target the countries, individuals, initiatives or challenges you feel most passionately about. On completion, you will also be equipped with practical research-based training and skills putting you in a good position to apply for a PhD, which some of our students choose to do.
Contact/visit us
You can reach out to us at with any questions, or speak to our current students via Unibuddy
You may also like to attend one of our upcoming Postgraduate Open Evenings, where you can tour our campus and hear from students and current staff, including course directors and our admissions team. 
If you would like to submit an application, visit our website today.

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