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Global Health MSc

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The Global Health MSc is a pioneering set of programmes that brings together students from a range of disciplines to understand and analyse significant health challenges. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically reflect on health and healthcare across the world and the opportunity to apply this knowledge with supported practical experience in an international context.

Key benefits

  • The Global Health faculty has strong links with international partners, creating exciting opportunities for field research.
  • Course offers a broad range of global health expertise - from the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy to the four health schools and the three partner NHS Foundation Trusts.
  • Advanced teaching delivered through an innovative combination of interactive small group work, film, practical classroom tasks and a focus on skills in critical thinking and analysis.
  • Enables the development of a strong interdisciplinary foundation in global health.
  • Specifically designed to focus on specialist training, to network with relevant NGOs at an early stage and to meet the needs of people working in international agencies, humanitarian organisations and NGOs.

I am doing my dissertation with one of King's collaborators in Zambia, which has provided me with connections I wouldn't necessarily have had.

Kaitlin, Global Health MSc Alumni

The Global Health MSc takes an innovative approach to teaching by providing an interdisciplinary foundation in health and social sciences alongside providing you with the opportunity to specialise in Global Surgery, should you wish (see more information on this below). This applied approach will enable you to reflect on theoretical and ethical debates and assess their relevance to the realities of fieldwork using case studies. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and share their knowledge and experiences of working in healthcare, development and humanitarian settings. This course is made up of optional and required modules totalling 180 credits, with 60 credits coming from a dissertation based on your specialised area of study. Global Surgery Pathway: This pathway aims to support the development of the competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) required to engage in surgical system strengthening. The pathway will introduce you to the concept of universal access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical and anaesthesia care. It will require you to think critically about: the place of global surgery within the wider field of global health; the state of surgical and anaesthesia care globally; the role of surgical and anaesthesia care in improving the health of individuals and the economic productivity of countries; health system frameworks for scaling up surgical care at the national and local level; the use of theory of change principles in international development; improvement and implementation science theory and practice; the role of the international community in global surgery; and the optimal design of quality improvement programmes to strengthen access to quality care for those with surgical conditions.  To apply for this pathway, please indicate this on your personal statement.  

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

 

 

Lectures, seminars & feedback

Self-study

Per 15-credit taught module

Most 15 credit modules are made up of the following:

10 lectures of 90 minutes each

10 seminars of 90 minutes each.

These sessions will include a combination of the following: essay, research and presentation feedback (summative) and oral presentations (summative).

120 hours of self-guided learning time per 15 credit module

Dissertation module

Dissertation: Draft sections and chapters or equivalent of one complete draft of dissertation (formative); final dissertation (summative).

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of group and individual presentations, group poster projects and coursework essays. The dissertation will be assessed on an extended piece of writing.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to study the following modules:

Global Burden of Disease (15 credits)
Health Systems & Policy (15 credits)
International Development and Health (15 credits)
Research Methodology in Global Health (15 credits)
Students on the Global Surgery pathway route are additionally required to study the following modules:

Students not on the Global Surgery pathway route are additionally required to study the following module:

Global Health Dissertation (60 credits)

Students on the Global Surgery pathway route are additionally required to study the following modules:

Global Surgery (30 credits)
Global Health with Global Surgery Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

Additionally, you are required to study modules from a range of options, which typically will include:

Conflict & Health (15 credits)
Global Health in Local Practice (15 credits)
Gender, Society and Development (15 credits)
Security and Development (30 credits)
Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’ (15 credits)
Resilience, Adaptation and Development (15 credits)
Vulnerability, Development and Disasters (15 credits)
Health Psychology Applied to Public Health (15 credits)
Sociology of Health and Illness (15 credits)
Health Economics (15 credits)
Basic Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (15 credits)
Critical Policy Research for Health and Medicine (15 credits)
Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science and Health (15 credits)
Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science and Health (15 credits)
Global Health Ethics (15 credits)
Economic Evaluation in Mental Health (15 credits)
Society and Mental Health (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This course provides high-quality graduate training for students seeking employment in the global health sector in high, middle and low-income countries, in humanitarian emergency settings and in policy making, academia, research and advocacy roles.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 (2022/23)

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

Deposit

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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. 

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

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

The Global Health MSc takes an innovative approach to teaching by providing an interdisciplinary foundation in health and social sciences alongside providing you with the opportunity to specialise in Global Surgery, should you wish (see more information on this below). This applied approach will enable you to reflect on theoretical and ethical debates and assess their relevance to the realities of fieldwork using case studies. You will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and share their knowledge and experiences of working in healthcare, development and humanitarian settings. This course is made up of optional and required modules totalling 180 credits, with 60 credits coming from a dissertation based on your specialised area of study. Global Surgery Pathway: This pathway aims to support the development of the competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) required to engage in surgical system strengthening. The pathway will introduce you to the concept of universal access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical and anaesthesia care. It will require you to think critically about: the place of global surgery within the wider field of global health; the state of surgical and anaesthesia care globally; the role of surgical and anaesthesia care in improving the health of individuals and the economic productivity of countries; health system frameworks for scaling up surgical care at the national and local level; the use of theory of change principles in international development; improvement and implementation science theory and practice; the role of the international community in global surgery; and the optimal design of quality improvement programmes to strengthen access to quality care for those with surgical conditions.  To apply for this pathway, please indicate this on your personal statement.  

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, the clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

 

 

Lectures, seminars & feedback

Self-study

Per 15-credit taught module

Most 15 credit modules are made up of the following:

10 lectures of 90 minutes each

10 seminars of 90 minutes each.

These sessions will include a combination of the following: essay, research and presentation feedback (summative) and oral presentations (summative).

120 hours of self-guided learning time per 15 credit module

Dissertation module

Dissertation: Draft sections and chapters or equivalent of one complete draft of dissertation (formative); final dissertation (summative).

 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of group and individual presentations, group poster projects and coursework essays. The dissertation will be assessed on an extended piece of writing.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to study the following modules:

Global Burden of Disease (15 credits)
Health Systems & Policy (15 credits)
International Development and Health (15 credits)
Research Methodology in Global Health (15 credits)
Students on the Global Surgery pathway route are additionally required to study the following modules:

Students not on the Global Surgery pathway route are additionally required to study the following module:

Global Health Dissertation (60 credits)

Students on the Global Surgery pathway route are additionally required to study the following modules:

Global Surgery (30 credits)
Global Health with Global Surgery Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

Additionally, you are required to study modules from a range of options, which typically will include:

Conflict & Health (15 credits)
Global Health in Local Practice (15 credits)
Gender, Society and Development (15 credits)
Security and Development (30 credits)
Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the ‘South’ (15 credits)
Resilience, Adaptation and Development (15 credits)
Vulnerability, Development and Disasters (15 credits)
Health Psychology Applied to Public Health (15 credits)
Sociology of Health and Illness (15 credits)
Health Economics (15 credits)
Basic Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health (15 credits)
Critical Policy Research for Health and Medicine (15 credits)
Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science and Health (15 credits)
Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science and Health (15 credits)
Global Health Ethics (15 credits)
Economic Evaluation in Mental Health (15 credits)
Society and Mental Health (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

This course provides high-quality graduate training for students seeking employment in the global health sector in high, middle and low-income countries, in humanitarian emergency settings and in policy making, academia, research and advocacy roles.

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £14,070 (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 (2022/23)

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

Deposit

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days 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. 

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

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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