Taught course

Global Health

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will develop your critical analysis of key issues within health and medicine, health policy and health planning from a social science perspective.

  • You will be able to locate health and its determinants, and discuss the role of equality and inequality, category and location and their influence on health.
  • You will examine health issues that arise for particular groups and across national boundaries, as well as specific sectors and organisations such as health and social care, education, local government and employment.
  • You will make a critical analysis of health policy and its implications; and use quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, using at least one of these in the completion of an original piece of social research.
  • The University is a leading centre of applied and policy related research. This programme brings together expertise in inequalities in health, health and well-being, disability, drugs and addictions, urban health, health economics and the history of medicine.
  • You will be taught by experts from the following world-leading centres based at the University: the Institute for Health and Wellbeing, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, Centre for the History of Medicine, Policy Scotland and Centre for Public Policy for Regions.

Programme Structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and take part in project and team work in the UK.

Core courses

  • Health in its social context
  • Methods of social research.

Optional courses

  • The disabling society
  • Public policy for health
  • History of medicine from 1850-2000
  • Medical anthropology
  • Health economics
  • Globalisation and health
  • Psychosocial approaches to health.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Cindy Gray