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Global Health & Social Medicine BA

UCAS code: L511, L513 (with a year abroad)

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Three years, or four years with a year abroad
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

Our Global Health & Social Medicine BA offers a unique and exciting course with the opportunity to study abroad for a year and aims to train a new generation of leaders who want to make a difference in the world. The course is designed for those who wish to understand the social determinants of health and illness in a global context, and to recognise and evaluate the range of medical and healthcare approaches. Whether you want to promote responsible biomedical research, address global health inequities or ensure fairness across generations, you are required to consider numerous perspectives in order to succeed, fostering thinking across disciplines and national boundaries.

Key benefits

  • All applicants of our full time BSc or BA are eligible for a £9,000 scholarship opportunity, including UK, EU and Overseas students.
  • We offer excellent opportunities to study social aspects of health and medicine in a multi-disciplinary context with close collaboration between the social sciences, life sciences and biomedicine.
  • Global opportunities for work experience including study abroad at world leading universities and fully funded international internships.
  • The chance to combine high-level social science with an introduction to the main areas of biomedical knowledge and the implications for clinical practice.
  • Taught by internationally renowned academics and clinicians with a strong focus on transdisciplinary education in key areas of health, disease and medicine.
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It’s intellectually stimulating, combining theory with practical application and is taught by leading members of the Global Health field in the heart of London.

Katya, Global Health & Social Medicine

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The degree course is delivered across two campuses – the Strand Campus and the Waterloo Campus. Both are close to the River Thames, with facilities offered by the University easily available and also the cultural attractions of the South Bank and Covent Garden close by. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

Course Aims

  • Modern society recognises the importance of health and has created supportive healthcare systems to maintain welfare and to tackle diseases. These systems are not only ‘medical’, such as training and certifying doctors, networks of general practitioners, hospitals and specialised clinics. They are also ‘social’, covering the provision of clean water, food and sanitation, the design of accommodation, education in child development and the promotion of health and hygiene.
  • The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Global Health and Social Medicine is a degree course that creates unique opportunities for you to learn about Global Health and Social Medicine from the perspective of a range of disciplines including sociology and anthropology, law and bioethics, psychology and economics.
  • This course will provide you with intellectual skills, practical knowledge and research techniques required for independent critical thinking and analysis.

Base campuses

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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.

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Waterloo Campus

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

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Hear from some of our students about why they chose to study Global Health & Social Medicine at King's. 

All applicants of our full time BSc or BA are eligible for the £9,000 scholarship opportunity, including UK, EU and Overseas students. 

Teaching style

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.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and small group tutorials. In Year 1 and 2 you will spend 13% of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 87% of time in guided independent study. In the final year, 11% of time will be scheduled learning and teaching activities and 89% in guided independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Presentations

You will be assessed through a range of techniques including examinations, coursework and tutorial participation. In Year 1, 5% of assessment will be by written exams and 95% of assessment by coursework. In Year 2,  29% of assessment will be by written exams and 71% by coursework. In your final year, 100% of assessment will coursework, including presentations.

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.

Structure

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits. Students will have the option to apply to study abroad for a year, which would extend the programme to a four-year degree course if they are successful

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 degree course equips you with the transferable skills of research, analysis and critical thinking, a skill set that’s highly valued and sought after by employers.

Our graduates enter a wide range of professions within the health services, public health, government and NGOs in the UK and elsewhere; as well as in the commercial, medical and health sectors. A significant proportion proceed into higher professional or academic qualifications, often pursuing postgraduate degrees at King’s.

With the job market becoming ever more competitive, it has been reported that King’s offers its graduates the best job prospects of any London or Russell Group university, with an employment rate of 95.2 per cent, an increase of 2.6 per cent on last year. The data, compiled by The Careers Group, University of London, is based on institutional Employment Performance Indicators (EPI) for full-time, first degree, UK domiciled graduates in work or further study. King’s has the highest EPI in the Russell Group and the largest increase in benchmark performance from 2009-10 figures. The results also place King’s third overall in the UK as reported in The Telegraph’s ‘Top 10 universities for getting a job’. Robert Hall, Director of Library Services & Employability, said: ‘This is testament to the commitment the university is making to ensuring that our students develop the right skills to succeed in the workplace.’

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

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
  • Society membership fees, library fees and fines
  • Printing course handouts, personal photocopies
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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The degree course is delivered across two campuses – the Strand Campus and the Waterloo Campus. Both are close to the River Thames, with facilities offered by the University easily available and also the cultural attractions of the South Bank and Covent Garden close by. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

Course Aims

  • Modern society recognises the importance of health and has created supportive healthcare systems to maintain welfare and to tackle diseases. These systems are not only ‘medical’, such as training and certifying doctors, networks of general practitioners, hospitals and specialised clinics. They are also ‘social’, covering the provision of clean water, food and sanitation, the design of accommodation, education in child development and the promotion of health and hygiene.
  • The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Global Health and Social Medicine is a degree course that creates unique opportunities for you to learn about Global Health and Social Medicine from the perspective of a range of disciplines including sociology and anthropology, law and bioethics, psychology and economics.
  • This course will provide you with intellectual skills, practical knowledge and research techniques required for independent critical thinking and analysis.

Base campuses

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.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

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

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
None
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

including three Higher Level subjects at 665. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Hear from some of our students about why they chose to study Global Health & Social Medicine at King's. 

All applicants of our full time BSc or BA are eligible for the £9,000 scholarship opportunity, including UK, EU and Overseas students. 

Teaching style

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.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and small group tutorials. In Year 1 and 2 you will spend 13% of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 87% of time in guided independent study. In the final year, 11% of time will be scheduled learning and teaching activities and 89% in guided independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

No URL has been set for this Kaltura video

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Presentations

You will be assessed through a range of techniques including examinations, coursework and tutorial participation. In Year 1, 5% of assessment will be by written exams and 95% of assessment by coursework. In Year 2,  29% of assessment will be by written exams and 71% by coursework. In your final year, 100% of assessment will coursework, including presentations.

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.

Structure

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits. Students will have the option to apply to study abroad for a year, which would extend the programme to a four-year degree course if they are successful

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 degree course equips you with the transferable skills of research, analysis and critical thinking, a skill set that’s highly valued and sought after by employers.

Our graduates enter a wide range of professions within the health services, public health, government and NGOs in the UK and elsewhere; as well as in the commercial, medical and health sectors. A significant proportion proceed into higher professional or academic qualifications, often pursuing postgraduate degrees at King’s.

With the job market becoming ever more competitive, it has been reported that King’s offers its graduates the best job prospects of any London or Russell Group university, with an employment rate of 95.2 per cent, an increase of 2.6 per cent on last year. The data, compiled by The Careers Group, University of London, is based on institutional Employment Performance Indicators (EPI) for full-time, first degree, UK domiciled graduates in work or further study. King’s has the highest EPI in the Russell Group and the largest increase in benchmark performance from 2009-10 figures. The results also place King’s third overall in the UK as reported in The Telegraph’s ‘Top 10 universities for getting a job’. Robert Hall, Director of Library Services & Employability, said: ‘This is testament to the commitment the university is making to ensuring that our students develop the right skills to succeed in the workplace.’

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £20,790 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • EU students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

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
  • Society membership fees, library fees and fines
  • Printing course handouts, personal photocopies
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
Three years, or four years with a year abroad
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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