Postgraduate Taught

MSc International Health (Trop Ed)

The Master's Programme in International Health is offered across tropEd member institutions.

The modular Master's Programme in International Health is offered across tropEd member institutions.


Course Overview

The modular programme consists of an introductory core course, specialised optional modules and a research project submitted as a thesis. It is intended for completion within a minimum of one year (full-time). Studies comprise a number of public health-related disciplines including anthropology, biology, economics, education, environmental health, epidemiology and statistics, management studies, nutrition, population sciences and reproductive health, psychology, social sciences research, sociology, travel and migrant health and tropical medicine with a focus on infectious diseases, parasitology, virology, bacteriology and laboratory practice.

The professional profile of our student is an international/global health expert who engages in health-related challenges in inter-sectoral environments across multiple levels, ranging from the community to the international and global stage, with a special focus on disadvantaged populations. The expert formulates and implements sustainable actions guided by principles of equity and by scientific evidence.

Exit Awards


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. Modules typically run over five weeks and involve two sessions of three hours in class each week. 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.


  • Global Public Health
  • Global Health and Social Policy
  • Researching Global Health and Development
  • Health Systems
  • plus 4 elective modules
  • dissertation

Single Modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact IGHD for more information.


As a graduate you will be well equipped for employment as a global health practitioner, senior health manager or policy maker working in, or advising regarding, a developing country or one in economic transition. Graduates have attained positions as: health programme manager; humanitarian co-ordinator; civil society programme manager; research and advocacy officer; donor agency health advisor and a variety of advanced positions within home ministries and educational institutions.

Quick Facts

  • Global health is a multidisciplinary field of study that takes a global perspective on the factors shaping health and wellbeing across the world and seeks to identify strategies to address inequalities in health outcomes within and across countries.
  • Focus is on knowledge of concepts and approaches relevant to the study of health inequalities and skills to address them.
  • Building on the foundation of core classes studied by all IGHD Masters students, this flagship programme provides the maximum elective choice of classes and thus the greatest flexibility to shape a programme of study.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a first degree – at least equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree - in a health, social science or development related subject.

At least two years professional experience is required including filed experience in low- or middle-income countries by the time the degree is awarded.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5.

Application Deadline


More Information and Contacts

Admissions or IGHD on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.


Core modules at QMU (in semester 1) ; elective /advanced modules at other tropEd institutions (semester 2) ; dissertation at QMU

Course Overview

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Full-time: 1 year; part-time: 2-5 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
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