- Broadens your perspective on a range of sexual and reproductive health issues (e.g. 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 and international group of students.
- Equips you with insight into rights-based approaches and skills to critique and develop sexual and reproductive policies, services and interventions.
This course is for health professionals and those interested in working in global 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, contextualised sexual and reproductive health policies, services and interventions.
The course has been designed in response to the increasing need for personnel of governments, international health institutions and non-governmental organisations to be trained to support development in this key area. This course 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.
While taught sessions, tutorials and group work encourage participative learning, the self-directed learning associated with module assignments will provide you with opportunities to explore topics and issues that are of particular interest to you. Please note that this is not a clinical training programme.
For their dissertation project, students often collaborate with sexual and reproductive health providers and organisations. In the past, these have included: Caledonia Youth, Edinburgh; the Scotland-Malawi Partnership; and Reach Out Mbuya, provider of HIV services in Uganda.
MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)
Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 - 5 years
September and January
Teaching, learning and assessment:
This course comprises a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects and a field visit to a sexual and reproductive health service provider in Scotland. Assessment is continuous and incorporates a range of assignments including written essays, projects and oral presentations.
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 2 sessions of 3 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.
Degree or diploma, preferably in a health-related or social science area. Diplomates should have completed the final exam of a professional body.
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:
£6750 per year
Home/EU - part-time:
£700 per 15 credit module
Home/EU - part-time, dissertation:
International - full-time:
£13500 per year
International - part-time:
£1400 per 15 credit module
International - part-time dissertation:
Santander Scholarships 2 x £5,000 scholarships could be available for international students undertaking a course within the IIHD. Fees and Funding
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15 credits: Global Health and Social Policy/ Researching Global Health and Development/ Health Systems/ Research Design and Proposal Writing (distance) or Qualitative Research Methods/ Sexual and Reproductive Health/ Gender, Health and Development
You will also study one 15 credit elective module.
If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits)
15 credits: Sexual and Reproductive Health/ Gender, Health and Development/ plus two elective modules.
Additional elective modules available - please contact IIHD@qmu.ac.uk for details.
The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
You will be well equipped to work as an international health practitioner, senior health manager or policy maker in particular in low/ middle income countries. Graduates have attained positions such as: health programme manager; project consultant; human resources manager; donor agency health advisor and a variety of advanced positions within home ministries and educational institutions.