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PgCert Applied Social Development

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- Focus on the impact of social development including globalisation, inequality, poverty, role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.
- Applied and practical learning of frameworks and tools for use in planning and implementing health and social programmes in resource poor and middle income countries.
- Teaching and learning is student centred, drawing on the experiences of what is normally an extremely diverse and international group of students.

This course is for people who are seeking to work in social development, and to examine the opportunities and constraints created in the wider community in relation to the goal of attaining better health of a population. This includes local health planners, community health staff, health promoters and community workers addressing health improvement.

The course focuses on: analysing the relationship between gender, health and development; identifying the many opportunities and constraints related to the social development of a community; appraisal of the impact of such opportunities and constraints on a planned health project or programme; and the effective planning and implementation of health and social interventions.

EXIT AWARDS: PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study some single modules in areas of interest

Duration: Full-time: 4 months; Part-time: 2 - 4 years

Start date: January

Application deadline: none

Teaching, learning and assessment: Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans and projects.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules usually require two sessions of three hours in class plus around 10-12 hours of work each week consisting of preparatory class work with colleagues and on web based learning platforms as well as independent study. Subsequent to class
contact, 3 weeks are given to prepare the written assignment.

Honours degree or diploma, preferably in a health-related or social science area. Relevant professional or practical experience is preferred.

International: Students whose first language is not English are required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

Home/EU - full-time: £700 per 15 credit module

Home/EU - part-time: £700 per 15 credit module

International - full-time: £1400 per 15 credit module

International - part-time: £1400 per 15 credit module

Scholarships: Santander Scholarships 2 x £5,000 scholarships could be available for international students undertaking a course within the IIHD. Fees and Funding for more information.

More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
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Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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15 credits: Gender, Health and Development/ Project Design and Management/ Two from elective modules.

Additional elective modules are available. Please contact for details.

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Former IIHD students work in a variety of settings including as Health Advisors for Save the Children UK and Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières, Senior Coordinator for International Operations at Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in Scottish NGOs, Public Health Policy Worker for first nation communities in northern Canada, humanitarian workers for Islamic Relief, Internships at WHO as well as progressing to PhD studies.



further information:

0131 474 0000 or
Oonagh O’Brien
+44 (0)131 474 0000

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