Taught course

International Development and Health

University of East London · School of Law and Social Sciences - LSS

Entry requirements

Applicants to the MSc should normally hold a first class or second class (2:1 or 2:2) honours degree in a related area including social sciences, health or health promotion. Applicants who are not graduates but who have at least two years relevant research or professional experience may be considered. Applicants with the required honours degree need not have practical experience to apply but may wish to use this programme to progress into a practice-based career. Eligibility for students without degree-equivalent qualifications will be assessed on the basis of a short essay and statement.

Months of entry


Course content

It is increasingly important for those working in international development, policy makers, workers attached to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and public health practitioners to appreciate the relationship between health and development processes. This programme is relevant to those who are working or have an interest in international development and whose work may have a strong health-related focus. Similarly, those who are working in public health roles may potentially benefit from an international development perspective to their work.

The programme is flexible, offering the opportunity to study full or part-time, and intermediate awards such as a PG Cert Associate Cert, PG Cert and PG Dip in addition to studying for a full Masters. There will be an opportunity to choose one optional module from a variety taught either by the core team or within related fields such as Refugee Studies and Health Promotion.

There will be four core modules. The first, Development in the International Context (Sem A) provides students with a thorough intellectual grounding in the understandings of development and globalisation through the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries, introducing them to the main development actors. The second, Public Health: Policy and Strategy (Sem B), examines and analyses the context in which Public Health policies are developed, decisions are made and resources are allocated. The focus is on examining and analysing, in a theoretical context, the effect of policies on public health practice.

The third core module (Sem B) will introduce students to the key theoretical understandings and skills to undertake research in the social sciences, providing them with both qualitative and quantitative inputs. The fourth core module will be an opportunity for the student to develop their own research project, using the skills learned in Sem B. This dissertation module will be undertaken in Sem C and students will be supervised by staff within the core team, according to their area of expertise.

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


part time
8 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978