Postgraduate Taught

PgCert Applied Social Development

 

Do you want to make a difference to the health of people in developing countries? Are you looking for a qualification that will enable you to work at a senior level in health policy and practice in the UK or abroad, particularly in low and middle income settings? Our flexible and highly respected range of global health courses could be the perfect stepping stone for your career.

The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at QMU is a unique academic institution. We offer a range of postgraduate courses aimed specifically at those who wish to work in health policy and practice, particularly in low and middle income settings. Our courses put a strong focus on the social aspects of health and on health systems strengthening from a people’s perspective. They will equip you to assist in improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world, whether that be overseas or locally in Scotland.

 

Why QMU?

  • If you want to make a difference in the world of global health, a qualification from QMU can be a major turning point in your career. You will develop a strong understanding of current global health and development issues and will equip yourself with the tools you need to forge positive change locally, nationally or internationally.
  • You will learn from experienced figures in the field and make connections that could last your whole working life. At IGHD we work directly with ministries of health, international and national organisations and local communities to develop real solutions to health and development problems.
  • We are on a compassion mission. Our work at IGHD addresses the health and wellbeing of those in greatest need, whether that be vulnerable populations in Scotland or those living in low or middle income countries.
  • Our teaching and research expertise spans multiple aspects of global health and development. These range from health financing, and support to fragile and conflict-affected settings, to refugee integration and child protection.

Course overview

If you want to take a broad approach to your learning, you can enrol on our MSc Global Health. This approach offers you a thorough grounding in this multidisciplinary field and you can later decide to specialise your studies if you wish. 

Alternatively you can choose a more focused pathway at the outset, with either our MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health or MSc Social Development and Health. You can also choose to study for one of our two PgCert qualifications in Applied Social Development and Health in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States. These can be a good option if you have time, work or other commitments that would conflict with studying for a full master’s.

We have deliberately designed our courses to be as flexible as possible, so you can apply for the course which best suits your career needs and later revise your choice before progressing to the dissertation stage (this is subject to you having studied the appropriate modules).
PgCert Applied Social Development

This PgCert will be of interest if you want to work in social development, and wish to examine community-based strategies for enhancing health and wellbeing of a population. This includes local health planners, community health staff, health promoters and community workers addressing health improvement.
The course focuses on analysing the relationship between gender, health and development; identifying the many opportunities and constraints related to the social development of a community; appraisal of the impact of such opportunities and constraints on a planned health project or programme; and the effective planning and implementation of health and social interventions.

Exit awards

PgCert (60 credits)

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. This is a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

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 your dissertation projects, you 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

Your exact attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full-time or part-time. 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.

Modules

You will study a total of 60 credits, comprising two core modules (Gender, Health and Development and Social Development Policy and Practice) and two 15-credit modules from the list of classes available at IGHD, which are subject to student demand.
The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2019) but are subject to change. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

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

Links with industry/ professional bodies

Our work with a number of internationally recognised organisations and professional bodies helps shape the content of our courses. We have links with Health Systems Global, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS.net), Scottish International Development Alliance, Development Studies Association, Scottish Government and Scottish Refugee Council, to name but a few. At QMU we host the NIHR Research Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility (RUHF)..

Entry requirements

A UK honours degree or equivalent from a relevant subject area (arts, humanities, health or social sciences). Students without an honours degree may be considered if they have other relevant qualifications and/or appropriate work experience.

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 with no individual component score less than 5.5.

Application deadline

July

More information and contacts

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

Scholarships

International applicants may apply for a competitive Commonwealth Scholarship.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/201 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

 

Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU
Duration
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2020
Study Abroad
No
School
Institute for Global Health and Development
Division
Fees & Funding
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