Taught course

International Health

University of Leeds · Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a health-related discipline or equivalent qualification. If your degree is in a non-health related discipline, your application will be considered but is less likely to be successful unless you have significant relevant experience.

Alternatively, a diploma in a health-related discipline together with at least three years’ relevant experience.

We will give preference to candidates with work or study experience in areas related to international health.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

his course is an ideal introduction to international health for students with limited work experience in the sector. With a strong emphasis on research methods training, we offer an essential grounding for those looking to work in international health policy, systems or programmes, or those looking to study at PhD level.

Make an impact

Our course gives you the skills to help achieve international development goals and reduce the burden of diseases borne by people in low and middle-income countries.

Course highlights

  • Develop your understanding of international health issues, systems and programmes and policies.

  • Analyse factors that cause inequalities in health status, resources and access to health information and services.

  • Work with and research diverse populations, geo-political environments and health systems.

  • Benefit from an international learning environment, with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.

At Leeds, you’ll also have the opportunity (dependent on travel restrictions) to take part in a study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations.

Our course is run by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences in the School of Medicine.

Watch our virtual open day video to find out more

Information for international students

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

We provide information on where previous students have obtained funding. Please take a look at Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Funders for ideas.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 0806