Institute for Global Health


Global Health and Development MSc

The Global Health and Development MSc programme uses multi-disciplinary perspectives and qualitative & quantitative research skills to understand and respond to the most pressing global health issues.

This programme takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to global health and attracts students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. You can craft a programme of study that suits your interests and which will help you become better global health practitioners wherever you work in the world. 

This programme is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Global Health and Development.

An Introduction to the course

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  • Provides you with comprehensive theoretical and research methods training in how to address the world’s most complex and pressing global health issues 
  • Enables the critical evaluation of global health research and evidence from an interdisciplinary perspective 
  • Dynamic and interactive sessions which are delivered by leading global health researchers and practitioners 
  • A diverse range of modules available to tailor the course to your learning requirements and research interests in global health. 

Find out more

Go to our graduate prospectus for more information about:

  • Module choices
  • Course Length
  • Fees
  • Entry requirements

Graduate prospectus

Course Details 

The programme is designed to teach you how to apply different disciplinary perspectives to global health issues. The modules draw on different approaches to assessing your skills and knowledge in order to develop the diverse set of skill needed for work in global health, including: presentations, team work, applying theory to practice, project management and planning, policy analysis, time management, and critical thinking. These skills are relevant for a wide range of careers within global health, including: research and evaluation, policy formulation and advocacy, and programme planning and implementation.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. For the most up-to-date information please visit our module catalogue.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Global Health and Development. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Global Health and Development.

Compulsory modules

Optional modules


Worth 60 credits within the MSc, the 7,000 word dissertation is an opportunity to build upon knowledge gained during core and optional modules, and explore in detail an issue that interests you and may be of relevance to your future work in global health and development.Students can either review literature, carry out primary data collection, analyse existing data, or develop an action plan for a real organisation.

Bursaries are available to support fieldwork on a competitive basis.

Applications are open for 22/23 from the 18th October 2021 - 31 March 2022

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Hear from our students

Visit our testimonials page to hear from Global Health and Development MSc graduates. 

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