Taught course

Global Health

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh · Institute for International Health and Development - IIHD

Entry requirements

Honours degree or diploma, preferably in a health-related area. Diplomats should have completed the final exam of a professional body. Applicants from other backgrounds, e.g. social science, social anthropology, are also welcomed, if they can demonstrate understanding/experience of health issues.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is for middle to senior-level health professionals working, or planning to work, in developing and transitional countries or applicants with experience in NGOs or other relevant experience. It will equip you to work effectively at a senior level to promote the health and social well-being of populations in low, middle income and transitional countries
through the development of effective and responsive health systems. Participants are typically drawn from health ministries and the NGO sector.

Our MSc in Global Health allows you to adopt specialised pathways focusing on health systems or human resources for health.

Global health is a multidisciplinary field of study that takes a global perspective on the state of people’s health, and enhances knowledge and implementation of effective intervention strategies through a systematic examination of health problems, their determinants, and their solutions around the world. It examines the drivers of global health policy and determinants of health in disadvantaged populations.

Information for international students

If you do not hold a recent, acceptable English language qualification you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 with no individual component score below 5.5.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Scottish domiciled and EU students on this course may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan through the Students Award Agency Scotland.

International Funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
60 months

Further details of qualification

Interim awards: PGDip, PGCert.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation40 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Oonagh O'Brien
+44 (0) 131 474 0000