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MSc Global Health

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.

Please note, this page is for the Master of Science in Social Science: Global Health, not the MSc Public Health (Global Health). Please visit this page for the MSc Public Health course

Introducing your course

In the context of growing globalisation, migration and rapid social change, a global approach to health has never been more important. Global threats come in many forms, such as the emergence of new infectious diseases, the rising incidence of obesity and the risks posed by climate change. In an increasingly interdependent world these complex problems require solutions that transcend geographic boundaries and draw on international and multidisciplinary collaboration to develop innovative responses.  The MSc offers the opportunity to explore these and many other issues of relevance and develop the skills to analyse and contribute to effective solutions.

The programme accepts medical students wishing to intercalate during their training.

The aims of the MSc programme in Global Health are to enable you to :

  1. Develop a comprehensive understanding of current and emerging transnational issues in population health in the context of rapid globalisation and social change
  2. Apply an interdisciplinary approach when examining the complex underlying determinants of current global health challenges
  3. Develop the necessary critical thinking and methodological skills (including quantitative methods) to enable you to analyse global health problems, and identify and evaluate potential responses
  4. Develop skills to effectively communicate complex global health concepts and issues to a range of audiences
  5. Explore options for a professional career in global health and international development

Limited scholarships are available to applicants.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for part-time 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for part-time 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

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.

Programme Structure

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.

Key Facts

  • Programme director: Dr Sarah Neal
  • Start date: September 2018
  • Programme duration: 12 months (full-time) or 27 months (part-time)
Global Heath Masters students will gain a deeper understanding of complex issues and determinants of wellbeing
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Typical entry requirements

Selection process

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. 

Undergraduate medical students who wish to intercalate during their medical studies must have successfully completed at least three years of their medical degree and achieved 60% or above in all Year 3 assessments. We cannot accept students who will need to return to their medical studies before the end of Southampton University’s supplementary examination period (usually late August). We also require a letter of support from your personal academic tutor or Head of Programme to be included with your application.

International students

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.

Intensive pre-Masters postgraduate pre-sessional summer course in English language is available at the University if required.

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

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].

Year 1

Students must select 60 credits in total from the following modules, with a maximum of 20 credits in Semester 1.

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
GLHE6001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
GLHE6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Compulsory

MEDI6073Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
RESM6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Optional
DEMO6020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
DEMO6021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
GEOG6068Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
GEOG6098Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
GLHE6002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
GLHE6004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Compulsory
DEMO6026Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Optional

Recommended Optional modules:
Ageing, Health and Well-being, Health Services Organisation and Evaluation and Healthcare Informatics

DEMO6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
DEMO6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
GEOG6094Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GERO6020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
HLTH6104Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
MEDI6066Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
MEDI6069Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
20
MEDI6074Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
RESM6003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
RESM6007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
RESM6305Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10

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 or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Global HealthMSc 2020Full-time£9,250£18,812
Global HealthMSc 2020Part-time£4,625£9,406
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Funding

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.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

We are partnering with the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC) to offer international scholarships to support students from select Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom. The CSC is accepting applications for the MSc Global Health 2020 entry.

The scholarship offers full funding including fees, a monthly stipend payment and travel costs.

To check your eligibility and find out how to apply for the scholarship, please visit the Shared Scholarships section of our Commonwealth scholarships page and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

 

Find out more about Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Costs associated with this course

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 University:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentIT: 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: https://www.software.soton.ac.uk
EquipmentIT: 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 copyingMuch 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: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/dissertation_thesis/index.page?

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.

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.

Assessment

The type of assessment varies across modules depending on specific learning outcomes and key skills. The programme is evaluated by a range of formative and summative assessment methods: coursework includes critical review of journal articles, reports and position papers, essays, research proposals, examinations, data analysis and research. The students who progress to the MSc stage will be required to produce a dissertation based on an independent research project.

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.

Study locations

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