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Global Health, Social Justice and Public Policy MSc

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Our Global Health, Social Justice and Public Policy course is a unique study pathway that combines anthropology, philosophy, sociology and science technology studies. Covering topics such as inequalities in preventable mortality, disability, climate change, reproductive rights, pandemic preparedness and access to health 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 Public Policy 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, international health regulations, philanthrocapitalism, evidence-based medicine, human rights and health economics.
  • Internationally recognised faculty from across disciplines, including global public health, sociology, anthropology, geography, gerontology, philosophy and political science.
  • Interdepartmental study course offers a diverse and exciting range of research options.

The Global Health, Social Justice and Public Policy course 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 course offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. 

Base campuses

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

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.

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Year or module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study (hours)

Per 15-credit module

15 hours (usually 1.5 hours of lectures/ seminars per week over a 10 week term 135

Dissertation module

6 half-hour supervisory sessions and 8 x 2 hour workshops 581

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Oral Presentations
  • Written Examinations
  • Dissertation

The department assesses students on a combination of essays, written examinations, oral presentations and the dissertation. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Dissertation in Global Health and Social Justice (60 credits)
Critical Global Health (30 credits)
Global Health Ethics (15 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following modules:

The Politics of Medicine (30 credits)
Critical Bioethics (30 credits)

You are also required to take two of the following methods modules:

Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science and Health (15 credits)
Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science and Health (15 credits)
Critical Policy Research for Health and Medicine (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 15-35 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include

Ethics of Clinical Research (15 credits)
Pharmaceuticals and Society (15 credits)
Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
Data Manipulation and Management (15 credits)
Researching Vulnerable Populations (15 credits)
Social and ethical implications of AI, big data and algorithms (15 credits)
Internship (15 credits)

Any Level 7 module offered by King’s, subject to approvals. You may opt to take an additional Internship module which will increase your total credit to 200 for the degree. Part-time students will be expected to take Critical Global Health, Global Health Ethics and one research methods module in Year 1, with the remaining required and optional modules taken in Year 2. Part-time students attend the dissertation workshops and submit a dissertation proposal in Year 1 with the dissertation being submitted at the end of Year 2.

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

Graduates from this course have gone on to the following destinations:

  • National and International NGOs (community outreach and engagement officer e.g. MSF, Peace Corps Senior health support agent, country director)
  • Policy work (public health policy analyst World Health Organization, national Ministries of health, charity sector)
  • Academia (doctoral researcher, editorial work for journals such as the Lancet) 
  • Private sector and public private partnerships (e.g. Gates Foundation, Pharmaceutical Research and Development)
  • Health Care (general practitioner, psychiatrist, hospital administration)  

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (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
  • 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

Funding

The Global Health, Social Justice and Public Policy course 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 course offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. 

Base campuses

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

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.

The following table will give you an idea of what a typical academic workload might look like as you progress through your studies:

Year or module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study (hours)

Per 15-credit module

15 hours (usually 1.5 hours of lectures/ seminars per week over a 10 week term 135

Dissertation module

6 half-hour supervisory sessions and 8 x 2 hour workshops 581

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Oral Presentations
  • Written Examinations
  • Dissertation

The department assesses students on a combination of essays, written examinations, oral presentations and the dissertation. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Dissertation in Global Health and Social Justice (60 credits)
Critical Global Health (30 credits)
Global Health Ethics (15 credits)

You are also required to take one of the following modules:

The Politics of Medicine (30 credits)
Critical Bioethics (30 credits)

You are also required to take two of the following methods modules:

Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science and Health (15 credits)
Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science and Health (15 credits)
Critical Policy Research for Health and Medicine (15 credits)

Optional modules

In addition, you are required to take 15-35 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include

Ethics of Clinical Research (15 credits)
Pharmaceuticals and Society (15 credits)
Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
Data Manipulation and Management (15 credits)
Researching Vulnerable Populations (15 credits)
Social and ethical implications of AI, big data and algorithms (15 credits)
Internship (15 credits)

Any Level 7 module offered by King’s, subject to approvals. You may opt to take an additional Internship module which will increase your total credit to 200 for the degree. Part-time students will be expected to take Critical Global Health, Global Health Ethics and one research methods module in Year 1, with the remaining required and optional modules taken in Year 2. Part-time students attend the dissertation workshops and submit a dissertation proposal in Year 1 with the dissertation being submitted at the end of Year 2.

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

Graduates from this course have gone on to the following destinations:

  • National and International NGOs (community outreach and engagement officer e.g. MSF, Peace Corps Senior health support agent, country director)
  • Policy work (public health policy analyst World Health Organization, national Ministries of health, charity sector)
  • Academia (doctoral researcher, editorial work for journals such as the Lancet) 
  • Private sector and public private partnerships (e.g. Gates Foundation, Pharmaceutical Research and Development)
  • Health Care (general practitioner, psychiatrist, hospital administration)  

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £12,330 per year (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
  • 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

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