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Global Health & Social Medicine BSc

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Overview

Global Health & Social Medicine is the ideal degree for students seeking to make a difference to improving health and wellbeing, locally and globally, by shaping effective health policies and health care delivery systems. Many of our students take our programme as a path to medical training, to better understand the social context in which they will practise medicine, and make them more well-rounded physicians.

Key benefits

  • We offer excellent opportunities to study social aspects of health and medicine in a multi-disciplinary context with close collaboration between the social sciences, life sciences and biomedicine.
  • The chance to combine high-level social science with an introduction to the main areas of biomedical knowledge and the implications for clinical practice.
  • Our study programmes are delivered by internationally renowned clinicians and academics with a strong focus on transdisciplinary education in key areas of health, disease and medicine.

Key information

UCAS code L510

Duration Three Years Full Time

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Global Health & Social Medicine

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Description

Modern society recognises the importance of health and has created supportive healthcare systems to maintain welfare and to tackle diseases. These systems are not only ‘medical’, such as training and certifying doctors, networks of general practitioners, hospitals and specialised clinics, they are also ‘social’, covering the provision of clean water, food and sanitation, the design of accommodation, education in child development and the promotion of health and hygiene.

The Global Health & Social Medicine BSc is an interdisciplinary degree programme that creates unique opportunities to combine social sciences with an introduction to key areas of medicine. This course will provide you with the intellectual skills, practical knowledge and research techniques required for independent critical thinking and analysis.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and small group tutorials.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of techniques including examinations, coursework and tutorial participation.

Location

The degree programme is delivered across two campuses – the Strand Campus and the Guy’s Campus. Both are close to the River Thames, with facilities offered by the university easily available and also the cultural attractions of the South Bank and Covent Garden close by. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London Library at Senate House.

Other related courses

  • Global Health & Social Medicine BA
  • Geography
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules.  Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.
Required Modules

You will take the following required modules:

 

Optional Modules

You will also select one of the below biomedical pathways to follow throughout your degree from and take 30 credits from that pathway to make up 25% of your first year of study:

• Ageing

• Neuroscience

• Pharmacology

The year one modules for each pathway are:

Ageing

  • Cell Biology & Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology (15 credits)

Neuroscience

  • Cell Biology & Neuroscience (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)

Pharmacology

  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology (15 credits)
  • Biochemistry (15 credits)

Year 2

 

 

Required Modules
Students take the following required modules:

Key Concepts in Global Health (30 credits)

Key Concepts in Social Medicine (30 credits)

Case Studies in Global Health & Social Medicine (15 credits)

The Dissertation Laboratory (15 credits)

Optional Modules

You will choose further modules according to your selected pathway.

Ageing

  • The Immune System in Health & Disease (15 credits)
  • Human Nutrition (15 credits)

Neuroscience

  • Neuroscience (30 credits) 

Pharmacology

  • Drugs & Disease (various)
  • Physiology & Pharmacology of the CNS (15 credits)

 

Second year students also have the opportunity to extend their degree programme and study abroad for their full third year. Partner institutions currently include:

  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Melbourne
  • Western University

Year 3

Required Modules

Contemporary Crises in Global Health & Social Medicine (15 credits)

Dissertation in Global Health & Social Medicine (30 credits)
Optional Modules

You will take 30 credits from your chosen biomedical pathway and a further 45 credits from a range of options such as:

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

Biology or Chemistry.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

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

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A-levels: AAB at A-Level including Biology or Chemistry.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2  including Biology or Chemistry. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including Chemistry or Biology.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including either of Advanced Higher Biology or Chemistry (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including HL Biology or HL Chemistry.  Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 15 January 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £22,800 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, King's will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

 King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to your tuition costs, 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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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.

Career prospects

With the job market becoming ever more competitive, it has been reported that King’s offers its graduates the best job prospects of any London or Russell Group university, with an employment rate of 95.2 percent, an increase of 2.6 percent on last year.

The data, compiled by The Careers Group, University of London, is based on institutional Employment Performance Indicators (EPI) for full-time, first degree, UK domiciled graduates in work or further study.

King’s has the highest EPI in the Russell Group and the largest increase in benchmark performance from 2009-10 figures.

The results also place King’s third overall in the UK as reported in The Telegraph’s ‘Top 10 universities for getting a job'.

Robert Hall, Director of Library Services & Employability, said: ‘This is testament to the commitment the university is making in ensuring that our students develop the right skills to succeed in the work place.’

Career destinations

This degree programme equips students for a wide range of career options in the health services, in public health, in government and NGOs in the UK and elsewhere, and in the commercial medical and health sectors, as well as for future careers in academic research and teaching.

 

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