- Broadens your perspective on a range of sexual and reproductive health issues (eg maternal mortality, unsafe abortion, infertility), paying special attention to politics, gender and inequalities.
- Offers a unique opportunity to discuss sexual and reproductive health in low, middle and high income settings in an extremely diverse, international group of students.
- Equips you with insight into rights-based approaches and skills to critique and develop sexual and reproductive health policies, services and interventions.
One of two specialised Masters pathways within our global health and development programme, this award is relevant for those who want to mark their focused interest and expertise in aspects of sexual heath and reproductive health. The course will equip you to work at a senior level to promote the sexual and reproductive health and social wellbeing of people, especially those living in low and middle income countries, through the development of effective, contexualised sexual and reproductive health policies, services and interventions.
The award has been designed in response to the increasing need for personnel of governments, global health institutions and non-governmental organisations to be trained to support development in this key area. This award focuses on the social and political issues influencing sexual and reproductive health, with a special focus on low and middle income countries. It focuses on integration of theory and practice and enables you to draw on your experience, develop critical thinking skills and widen your perspective on current and historical sexual and reproductive health issues.
MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ 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
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Students study core modules totalling 105 credits. This includes foundational study of global heath and development, through such subjects as Global Health and Social Policy; Researching Global Health and Development; Global Public Health; and Health Systems; and then extends through more focused study of subjects such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender, Health and Development.
You will also choose one 15 credit elective class from classes available within the Institute or from other QMU programmes recognised as of relevance.
For the MSc award the culmination of your study will be completion of a dissertation involving desk study or fieldwork on an approved topic related to sexual and reproductive health and development (60 credits).
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.
As a graduate you will be well equipped for employment as a global health practitioner with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health issues. Graduates have secured technical, advocacy and leadership positions with national and global programmes, addressing such issues as safe motherhood, adolescent friendly health services, health of sexual minorities, HIV treatment and prevention, and FGM.