- An opportunity to analyse the relationship between aspects of social development including globalization, inequality, poverty, the role of civil society and gender relations with health and wellbeing.
- Opportunity to focus on processes of local engagement, participation and agency in shaping health and development programmes
- Students often collaborate with organisations in the field of social development in the UK or internationally for their dissertation projects.
This is the second of two specialised Masters pathways within our global health and development programme. This award particularly attracts social science graduates, health and social care professionals and others who have an interest in issues such as gender equity and globalisation and their effects on the health and wellbeing of people in developing countries.
The mainstreaming of social development is a key element of current development policy and practice. This pathway enables students to focus on key issues considered within such developments, including gender awareness, the development of civil society, empowerment, and the linkage between healthcare and other sectors.
This award will build on the participants experience, developing their understanding of the key factors and forces shaping the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations in low, middle income and transitional countries, and focusing on specialist areas of social development (development policy analysis, frameworks for social analysis and sustainable livelihoods) and in an evidence-based critique of policy and practice
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.
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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 Social Development Policy and Practice 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 social development and health (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.
Former IGHD students work in a variety of settings where a social development understanding informs approaches to health. Examples of positions filled by IGHD graduates include: Health Advisor for Save the Children UK, Senior Co-ordinator for International Operations with Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in the Scottish NGO sector, Public Health Policy Workers for First Nations communities in Canada, humanitarian worker with Islamic Relief. Others have taken internships with organizations such as the WHO on graduation, while others have progressed to doctoral studies.