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Global Health & Social Justice MSc

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Our Global Health & Social Justice 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.

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Scholarships:

All applicants who apply before 31 March to one of our full time Master's courses are eligible for a £9,900 scholarship opportunity.  In addition we have a scholarship available for students in their final year of certain relevant undergraduate courses within the School of Global Affairs.  Our scholarships and bursaries are open to UK, EU and Overseas students.

 


 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 course 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 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

Department Department of Global Health & Social Medicine

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Course detail

Description

The Global Health & Social Justice 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. 

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

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 moduleLectures, 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

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

Regulating Body 

King's College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

You may opt to take an additional Internship module which will increase your total credit to 200 for the degree.

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course normally take modules totalling 180-200 credits.

You are required to take the following modules:

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

  • The Politics of Medicine (30 credits)
  • Critical Bioethics (30 credits)
  • Ageing, Health and Society (30 credits)

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

Optional Modules

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

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.

You may opt to take an additional Internship module which will increase your total credits 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.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Global Health and Social Justice Entry requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

UK honours degree of 2:1 standard. 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.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Your application will be assessed by the Admissions Tutor. We will only assess complete uploaded applications with supporting documents.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

GH&SJ checklist
Personal Statement Yes 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.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
Other Optional  Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

 

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 Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

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 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 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.

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 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation Costs

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.

Career prospects

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)  

Career destinations

Ministries of Health and other government agencies, NGOs; health professionals, policy makers; research organisations; business, and teaching.

Read more about what our students do after they graduate here.

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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