Entry requirements

2:1 in any discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is based in the Department of Social Policy and offers the following benefits:

*The chance to examine health and population interactions and policy implications in considerable depth.
*Teaching by specialists who are at the forefront of their disciplines.

The Department hosts a number of leading research centres including LSE Health and Social Care. The Centre has recently been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of its success in applying research to the advancement of global health and social care policy. As such the Department is dedicated to training graduates to be both technically highly competent and policy minded. Graduates from the Department have gone on to become leading academics and policy makers around the world.

Global health is a rapidly evolving field, from the nature of global health challenges to the changing structure and role of global health institutions. The MSc Global Health aims to provide a theoretical understanding of global health and health care policy developments and to generate a critical awareness of the research that has been conducted into selected areas of health policy and health systems globally. An interdisciplinary perspective is vital in reaching such an understanding. The programme offers three core courses: Social Policy and Global Health; Financing Health Care in Developing Countries and; Global Health Policy: Institutions, Actors & Politics. Beyond this students can select from a broad range of options encompassing theoretical and technical aspects in demography, health economics, pharmaceutical economics, social psychology, social policy and development. In total students will take eight courses (each half-unit value) and complete a dissertation (8,000 words). A strong emphasis is placed on student led learning across all courses. In the summer term students will have the opportunity to undertake a placement with national or international health policy organization. This allows students to apply their training in a relevant work setting and provides crucial networking opportunities meaning that our students are well placed to find relevant graduate employment. Graduates will be ideally qualified to work as programme managers and policy advisors for a growing number of national and international health organizations, donor agencies, Ministries of Health, non-government organizations and the private sector.

In addition to the Department's vibrant academic environment, students can participate in the LSE Health Society which provides an active platform for exchange and debate drawing on the professional, clinical and academic experiences of students. The society organizes an impressive lecture series each year as well as other activities.

Students need a first degree in a relevant academic subject (science, medicine, economics, or social sciences) at a standard equivalent to British university upper second-class honours. In addition, health related work experience in developing countries would be advantageous but not essential.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or internet-based TOEFL 100.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office
+44 (0)20 7955 6613
+44 (0)20 7955 6001