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Global Health

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The Global Health MSc is a pioneering teaching pathway that brings together students from a range of disciplines to understand translational health issues and key determinants affecting the global burden of disease. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to critically reflect on health and healthcare across the globe and apply this knowledge with supported practical experience within an international capacity.

Applicants should apply for one of four pathways:

  • Global Health with Global Surgery

  • Global Health with Health Professions Education

  • Global Health with Disasters & Adaptation

  • Global Health with Conflict & Security - This pathway is now closed 



Key benefits

  • The Global Health faculty has strong links with health partnerships in Somaliland, Sierra Leone and DR Congo, creating exciting opportunities for field research. 

  • The 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 observation in local health settings.

  • Combines the development of a strong interdisciplinary foundation in global health with the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in a particular subject area

  • 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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two - four years PT - September to September

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No fixed intake

Course leaders Dr Chris Willott

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences



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This pioneering MSc in Global Health brings together students from a range of disciplines to understand and address major health challenges. It equips those working in the health sector with the knowledge and skills to critically reflect on health and health care in low and middle income settings and apply this knowledge with supported practical experience within our international capacity building partnerships.

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Course detail


The Global Health MSc takes an innovative approach to teaching by providing an interdisciplinary foundation in health and social sciences before providing you with the opportunity to specialise in one of four advanced areas of study. 

  •  Global Surgery: This pathway explores global burden of surgical disease and the place of surgery within the field of global health. This pathway introduces the concept of universal access to safe, affordable and timely surgical and anesthesia care. The role of surgical and anesthesia care in improving the health of individuals and the economic productivity of countries; the state of surgical care across the globe; and a framework for scaling up surgical care at the global, national and local level will be explored. The pathway will prepare students for global health careers focused on providing and developing surgical services and surgical health system strengthening. 
  • Health Professions Education: This pathway introduces students to debates around the teaching of health professionals across the world. It highlights issues in curriculum design, pedagogy, assessment and training in different geographical, political and social contexts. It encourages students to develop the skills necessary to develop and deliver their own teaching, and to critical assess the factors underpinning the success or failure of educational interventions. Students This pathway will prepare students for global health careers focused on health professionals education in response to shifting global priorities.
  • Disasters & Adaptation: This pathway explores the pressures shaping trade-offs between development, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk. The pathway focuses on the roles of the different actors in global health and disaster prevention and response, thinking about the international, national and local architecture of disaster risk and adaption policy. This pathway will prepare students for careers focused on managing disasters through humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction approaches. This pathway is taught by the KCL Geography Department. 
  • Conflict & Security: This pathway explores the linkages between security and development and key debates and theories in global health and conflict. The pathway focuses on the linkages between conflict and security, including the mechanisms by which development may serve to either generate and exacerbate violent conflict or prevent and mitigate it. This pathway will prepare students for global health careers focused on humanitarian action during conflict, peace building and post-conflict reconstruction. This pathway is taught in conjunction with the Department of War Studies at King's.

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.

The programme offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. It 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.

Part-time students should plan to take their Specialist Pathway modules within one academic year, and should plan to complete the Research Methods module and dissertation within the other academic year, optional modules can be studies in either the first or second year.

Full-time students will have 3-4 teaching days and 1-2 days self-study per week depending on the term. Please note both full-time and part-time study will require a weekly attendance commitment. For further details, and for those in full-time employment, we recommend you contact the department directly to discuss.


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Course format and assessment




Lectures, seminars & feedback


Per 20-credit taught module

Most 20 credit modules are made up of the following

12 lectures

18 seminars/tutorials

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

170 hours of self-guided learning time per 20 credit module

Dissertation module

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


 Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


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.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Denmark Hill Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the specialist pathway modules you select.

Regulating body

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



Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to study the following modules:

Additionally, you are required to study modules totalling 60 credits from the following:

You will then take the following modules relating to your study pathway choice.

Global Surgery Pathway

  • Global Surgery (40 credits)

Health Professions Education Pathway

  • Global Health Professions Education in (40 credits)

Disasters & Adaptation Pathway

Conflict & Security Pathway

  • Conflict, Security and Development (40 credits)

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: 


Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Global Health MSc Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

BSc/BA degree with 2:1 honours degree in an appropriate discipline.

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 D 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 £60 applies. All applications are assessed by an admissions tutor. All those made a conditional offer will be invited for a short informal interview.


Please note, due to the high level of competition, applications to the 'Conflict & Security’ pathway may take slightly longer than the normal 4 to 6 week turnaround time to receive a decision.

Personal statement and supporting information

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

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes Please submit a one-page (maximum) personal statement with your application, explaining why you wish to apply for this programme and why you feel it matches your interests, academic background, and, if relevant, your career plans and what you feel you would bring to the course and fellow students. Please include details of your previous exposure to the subject of global health, eg through coursework on your undergraduate degree, voluntary work, career interests etc.
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 reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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/EU fees: £12,300 (2019/2020)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 (2019/2020)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, 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 

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

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


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