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The Learning Experience at QMU

QMU has been the home to an innovative programme of learning, teaching and research on international health and development for over twenty years. It has an excellent reputation for producing hands-on graduates with both conceptual understanding and practical skills to work in the heath sector. The campus is equipped with first class IT facilities enabling students to access and interact with information from all over the world as well as learning in a highly supportive environment where experienced academic staff are available to teach and advise in the daily teaching structure.

Our Approach to Teaching

We recognise that IIHD students will come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Therefore intensive support is provided through study skills and access to the University’s Educational Resources Centre (ECR). Excellent resources are available in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) through books, electronic journals and internet facilities.

Teaching and learning is student-centred and participatory with excellent resources as well as high-quality support for learning. At postgraduate level, you will come to us with a wealth of experience drawn from your academic and professional backgrounds. This will be used in class situations for group learning and case studies. Teaching and learning is carried out in class based sessions, group work, internet based learning, seminars as well as individual study.

Flexible Study

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IIHD Class

Oonagh O'Brien (centre) Lecturer, IIHD with some former students

Flexible study is important. Students can exit their studies at different points of the programmes without losing their academic credits and with the possibility of gaining a postgraduate certificate or diploma. These awards can contribute towards an MSc if a student wants to return to study within a period of 4 years. Part-time or full time study at IIHD is possible with entry in September or January each year.


Maximum period for completion

Minimum period for completion



4 calendar years

1 calendar year


7 calendar years

2½ calendar years



3 calendar years

1 calendar year


5 calendar years

2 calendar years



2 calendar years

1 semester


4 calendar years

1 calendar year


For full time participants, the course lasts one calendar year, starting in September each year. January entry is also permitted for suitably qualified participants. However, please note that the course for those students joining in January will last 13 months instead of 12.

Postgraduate study at IIHD

Programme Routes/Structures

How to Apply

What our Students Say

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IIHD Students 2012-13

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