Research course

Global Health

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

A UK masters degree with a mark of at least 60%, or its international equivalent.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

October, September, April

Course content

Undertaking a PhD in Global health at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics offers you the opportunity to work in a multi- and interdisciplinary way, building on your knowledge, skills, interest and passion to carry out innovative global health research that makes a new contribution to the existing knowledge base.

Research priorities

Research priorities include such global health issues as:

  • mapping and measuring the shifting burden of global disease
  • neglected and emerging tropical diseases
  • infectious diseases
  • noncommunicable diseases
  • global palliative care
  • population health
  • social inequalities in health
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • e-health and tele-medicine
  • migration and minority ethnic health
  • culture
  • faith and health
  • translation of leading scientific advances into effective interventions

Prospective students are encouraged to align their research proposal with one of the Institute's main areas of research and with the research interests of academic members of staff who may act as first supervisors.

The programme is also affiliated to the University's Global Health Academy.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator, Sebastien Georges
+44 (0) 131 242 5446