The MSc in Global Health is a research-led, inter- and multi-disciplinary degree programme designed to provide comprehensive training on the principles, methods and research skills necessary to understand, interpret and solve critical global health challenges. A distinct feature of the MSc is the quantitative focus and the breadth of subject area covered in the core, compulsory and optional modules from demography, medicine, economics, geography, gerontology, statistics, health sciences, law and management.
This is the course page for MSc Global Health at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Global Health and what studying here involves.
In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Global Health.
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Taught by research-active internationally leading academic experts from multidisciplinary background, our global health masters programme equips students with specialised problem-solving and critical thinking skills in tackling global public health issues using real data and
This programme offers a solid foundation for developing careers in both government, non-governmental and private sectors as well as national and international agencies such as the United Nations, WHO and DFID.
gain a deeper understanding of current and emerging transnational issues in population health and wellbeing, and their complex determinants
grasp multiple risk factors and determinants associated with global burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases and mortality, reflecting on changing population structures, inequalities, inequities and trends in globalisation, migration and urbanisation
learn to evaluate multi-sectoral global health intervention programmes and sustainable policy solutions through systematic case studies
use real data for problem-solving and apply critical thinking in tackling global public health issues
experience and research-led teaching by world class academic/research staff representing 5 Faculties within the University: Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences; Medicine; Health Sciences; Management and Law; Engineering and Environment, and the Global Health Research Institute.
We encourage prospective applicants for MSc Global Health to apply as early as possible. Places are limited to 30-35 students per academic year. Please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team with any application related queries.
Applications for this global health masters can be made using the University's on-line application form. Applications can be submitted at any time, although we would encourage applicants to apply before the end of May. Prospective MSc Global Health applicants will be asked to write a personal statement to explain their motivation for wishing to take the course and to indicate their future career plans. For all applications, two academic references are required.
The programme duration for the full-time intake is 12 months, with 9 months of taught component between October and June of the academic year, followed by 3 months of research and preparation of a Masters Dissertation project.
It is possible to undertake this Masters in Global Health over 27 months of part-time study, providing suitable arrangements can be made.
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Typical entry requirements
General entry requirements
Upper second class (2.1) honours degree or higher or equivalent from a recognised University or higher education institution in any of the following subject areas:
Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences (Psychology), Geography, Population Sciences, Demography, Medicine, Basic/Applied Sciences, Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Sciences, Nursing and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Statistics/Mathematical Sciences, Law, Management, Information Technology, Web Sciences or Engineering Sciences
Each MSc Global Health application will be considered on individual merits. Candidates who fail to meet minimum entry requirements but who have relevant professional experience may still apply and will be assessed by the Admission Team. Where applicable, the global health masters programme team may consider a telephone or Skype interview before offering admission to the study programme.
Competency in English language is essential for this masters in global health. You should have an IELTS or equivalent score of at least 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in each component. Students who do not have a degree from a British University, or who are from a country that is not on the list of those exempt from testing, will be required to present evidence of IELTS score or equivalent. Further details are available in English language proficiency page.
We recommend that international students apply for MSc Global Health at least 2 months before the start of the programme starts to ensure that they are able meet our requirements and are able to apply for a visa in time.
The formal award of the global health masters degree at the end of the study programme will be the Master of Science in Global Health. This would require students to successfully complete 120 CATS taught modules and 60 CATS dissertation project. The students may exit earlier with subsidiary awards, a Postgraduate Certificate in the Principles of Global Health [60 CATS] or a Postgraduate Diploma in Global Health [120 CATS].
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
Fees & funding
Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are
listed for UK,
EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course
Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you
through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
IT: Software licenses -
All specific pieces of software required as part of your programme are available on the University’s public workstations. Statistical software can be downloaded via iSolutions for free:
IT: Hardware -
Public workstations loaded with all specific pieces of software that are required as part of your course are available in Building 58. Public workstations loaded with more generic software are available across the campus. You may, however, benefit from having your own PC or laptop and a USB stick.
Printing and copying
Much of your coursework, such as essays and projects, is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy, including the MSc dissertation. Information about generic University printing, including printing costs, can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing/
Information about dissertation printing can be found here:
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
Learning & Assessment
This masters in global health is designed to facilitate research-led interactive teaching and multidisciplinary learning. The teaching methods include interactive and problem-based lectures, seminars and workshops, group work, critical reviews, case studies, computer workshops, web-based learning and self-directed study. The topics covered in each session will reflect on specific learning outcomes, subject-specific intellectual and research skills.
MSc Global Health lectures will use illustrative examples which will highlight the practical application of knowledge gained from theories, methods and observations. Self-directed learning is an integral part of the global health masters programme and prospective students will have access to a wide range of library and electronic resources. In addition, students will receive academic supervision for undertaking an independent research project, required for successful completion of the degree programme, lasting over 3 months during summer.
The type of assessment is determined by the specification of learning outcomes. Every module on this masters in global health is assessed either by a coursework assignment, group work, oral presentation, poster or a written examination, or a combination of both.
The assessment will focus on testing MSc Global Health students’ academic abilities and skills to articulate ideas in a concise and coherent format and the attainment of learning outcomes, especially integration of theories, methods and practice, critical appraisal and problem solving skills.
The level of knowledge and practical application of quantitative techniques for global health research will be evaluated by coursework based on computer-based analysis of secondary datasets.