This award is for people who are seeking to work in social development, and wish to examine community-based strategies for enhancing health and wellbeing of a population. This includes local health planners, community health staff, health promoters and community workers addressing health improvement.
The award 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
PgCert (60 credits)
At QMU. Some modules are available through online learning.
Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study some single modules in areas of interest.
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 5 years
September and January
Teaching, learning and assessment:
Teaching is comprised of a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans, projects and examinations. For their dissertation projects, students can chose to collect desk-based studies or conduct primary data collection in collaboration with national or international organisations working in health and development.
Teaching hours and attendance:
Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your exact attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules typically run over five weeks and involve two sessions of three hours in class. In addition, for each module students spend around 10-12 hours of each week on preparatory class work independently and with colleagues, including readings and exercises available on dedicated web-based learning platforms.
Honours degree or diploma, preferably in a health, social science or development related subject. Diplomates should have completed the final exam of a professional body. All applicants should be able to demonstrate interest in the field of health through professional or voluntary work experience.
Students whose first language is not English are required to take an IELTS test receiving a minimum overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.
Expanded funding for postgraduate students
The Scottish Government has announced an expansion of funding for postgraduate students from 2017/18, meaning that eligible Scottish domiciles will be able access a loan up to £10,000 comprising £5,500 for fees and £4,500 for living costs, for any one year taught postgraduate course at any Scottish higher education institution up to full Masters level. Full time EU students will continue to be eligible to apply for the tuition fee loan for the academic year 2017-18.Click for more information
Funding Information for International Students:
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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.
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You will study a total of 60 credits, comprising the core modules Gender, Health and Development and Project
Design and Management, and two 15 credit modules from the list of classes available at IGHD, which is subject to
The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (July 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