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Global Health & Social Justice MSc

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Our Global Health and Social Justice programme is a unique study pathway that combines the study of natural and social sciences with philosophy. Covering topics such as inequalities in preventable mortality, disease, disability, and access to medical care across countries, it will help you to develop advanced skills in the critical analysis and possible solutions for global health inequalities.

Key benefits

  • You will learn to think critically and independently about fundamental issues in Global Health & Social Justice and the interaction between them.
  • Opportunities to study central issues in global health including health measurements, global institutions and governance, social determinants of health, global health ethics, philanthrocapitalism, evidence-based medicine, and health economics.
  • Internationally recognised faculty from across disciplines, including global public health, sociology, anthropology, geography, gerontology, philosophy, and political science.
  • Interdepartmental study programme offers a diverse and exciting range of research options.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration 1 year FT, 2 years PT

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value 180

Course leaders

Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram and Dr Ann Kelly

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200 


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Global Health & Social Medicine



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Course detail


The Global Health and Social Justice programme will provide you with a demanding study pathway covering dynamic topics within global health. You will explore major issues and debates, as well as develop the capacity for critically assessing the scientific research and practices aiming to address global health inequalities.  You with also cover the fundamental aspects relating to philosophical debates about social justice and health equity.

The programme offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. You will explore a range of required modules such as Designing Quantitative and Qualitative Research, Foundations in Global Health and Social Medicine, Critical Global Health and also Global Health Ethics, plus a range of further required and optional modules depending on your choice of pathways.

The study programme is made up of optional and required modules totalling 180 credits to complete the programme, with 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 - 18,000 words.


Course purpose

The MSc in Global Health and Social Justice is ideal for anyone wishing to develop a rigorous understanding of the dynamic field of global health; it is suitable for health professionals, policy makers, philanthropists, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organizations, and potential PhD students and academics.

It provides access to the major issues and debates in global health, develops capacity for critically assessing the scientific research and practices aiming to address global health inequalities.  It also grounds students in the philosophical debates about social justice and health equity.


Further literature

Course format and assessment

Formative assessment is provided both informally through verbal feedback on students’ contributions in seminars; and formally through written and verbal diagnostic feedback on coursework assignments. Summative assessment is achieved through a combination of examinations and coursework assignments. 

The programme also requires 15-18,000 word supervised dissertation on the subject of Global Health and Social Justice.

Extra information

For more information on the programme see our website, here.

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Year 1

Required Modules

Programme Core Module

Programme Compulsory Modules:


One Optional Methods Module:


Optional Modules

Students can select a 15-credit optional module from within the department or from other departments within King's College. Listed below are some of the modules offered within the department, a full list can be found here.

*Please note that not all modules may be running in a given year, please refer to the Department Module List for further information.

Students may opt to take an additional Internship module which will increase their total credits to 200 for the degree.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A relevant UK honours degree of 2:1 standard or overseas equivalent. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account. Also desirable is evidence of active engagement in relevant activities and attentive concern for the issues of global health and social justice demonstrated by voluntary work, travel, reading and otherwise following current national and international issues.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Your application will be assessed by the Admissions Tutor. You may be invited to be interviewed. We may interview non-UK candidates by telephone and may ask applicants to write an essay. We will only assess complete uploaded applications with supporting documents. Please see our website for more details.

Personal statement and supporting information

The personal statement should be approximately three to four paragraphs, and no more than one page. This should explain why you are interested in the programme applied for, and could include, for example, details of your motivation and aptitude, your relevant experience and skills, and any other information that would be useful for us in assessing your application. In general terms, we look for candidates who demonstrate a strong interest in the programme, are committed to academic study at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the potential to do well in an academic environment with advanced interdisciplinary study.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: TBC £9,450 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: TBC £18,420 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: TBC £4,725 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: TBC £9,210 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Travel costs to your place of internship should you take that module

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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