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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.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

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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Course detail


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. 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.


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 optional modules you select.

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.

Further literature

Course format and assessment




Lectures, seminars & feedback


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.


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.

Full-time students will have 3-4 teaching days and 1-2 days self-study per week depending on the term. Part-time students should plan to take their Specialist Programme 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 studied in either the first or second year. 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.

Required Modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 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 not on the Global Surgery pathway route are additionally required to study the following module:

• 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)

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

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)
  • Health, Education and Development (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)

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 £70 applies. All applications are assessed by an admissions tutor. All those made a conditional offer will be invited for a short informal interview.

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 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: £13,380 (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 (2021/22)

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 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 

  • 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.


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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