Postgraduate Taught

MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health

The course information below relates to entry in 2020. This page will be updated with course information for 2021 entry by the 1st of November 2020, when applications for 2021 will open. 

Our global health courses and modules are aimed at those who want to make a difference to the health of those in developing countries. We put a strong focus on the social aspects of health and on health systems strengthening from a people’s perspective.

The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at QMU offers a range of awards which are aimed at those who wish to work in health policy and practice, particularly in low and middle income settings. Additionally, our courses will better prepare students to assist in improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world, whether that be overseas or locally in Scotland.

Postgraduate programmes in the Institute of Global Health and Development inductions will commence w/b 21st September, with teaching on those programmes beginning on 28th September.

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

The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at QMU offers a range of awards which are aimed at those who wish to work in health policy and practice, particularly in low and middle income settings. Additionally, our courses will better prepare students to assist in improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world, whether that be overseas or locally in Scotland. 

This MSc 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. 

This 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. 

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or 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. 

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules in the following ‘Exit awards’ section. 

The MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health programme comprises three core global health modules (20-credit each) which are taught online (in 2020) and face-to-face in Edinburgh in the first semester, which runs from September to December. During the second semester (January-May), students undertake three core sexual and reproductive health modules and choose one elective module (15-credit each) which are delivered fully online or through blended learning. Finally, during Semester 3, students will prepare and submit a dissertation on a sexual and reproductive health topic (60-credit). 

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

You can opt to study for the full MSc (120-credit modules and dissertation), a PgDip (120-credit modules), or a PgCert (a selection of modules worth 60 credits). You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for continuing professional development (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, visits to organisations, and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans, projects and examinations. For their dissertation projects, students can choose to conduct desk-based studies, or primary data collection in collaboration with national or international organisations working in sexual and reproductive health and development. 

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Some modules during the second semester are offered fully online or through blended learning which require you to be on campus only for a certain amount of time. 

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 four to five weeks and involve two to three sessions of two to three hours in class each week. In addition, for each module, students spend around 10-12 hours each week on preparatory class work independently and with colleagues, including readings and exercises available on dedicated web-based learning platforms. 

Class sizes

Normally, there are around fifteen to twenty students undertaking the modules each year. 

Modules

Students study core global health modules totaling 60 credits:

  • Global Public Health and Social Policy
  • Health Systems Services and Communities
  • Global Health Research

A further 45 credits are attained from studying core sexual and reproductive health modules:

  • Global approaches to Gender Health
  • Sexual & Reproductive Health
  • Sexual Health and Rights: Policy and Programming in Practice

Students will also choose one 15-credit module from any other elective modules selected from the broad range of classes available within the Institute or from other QMU courses and TropEd Modules. Examples of IGHD elective modules (subject to availability) include:

  • Community-based psychosocial support
  • Forced Displacement & Integration: Theory, Policy & Practice
  • Health Systems in Fragile Settings
  • Programme Evaluation in Global Health and Development
  • Project Design and Management
  • Psychosocial Interventions
  • Research Proposal Writing
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Other QMU and external university modules relate to leadership, research, advocacy and specialised fields of study such as nutrition and epidemiology.

For the MSc award you will then complete a dissertation on an approved topic related to sexual and reproductive health and development (60 credits).

The modules listed are subject to change. In the event that modules do need to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students. Please check this site or contact IGHD for any updates.

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). 

Careers

Our courses have been helping people successfully advance their careers in global health for many years. 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 Nation’s 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. 

MSc Sexual and Reproductive health graduates will be well equipped for employment as a global health practitioner with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health issues. Graduates have secured technical, advocacy and leadership positions with national and global programmes, addressing such issues as safe motherhood, adolescent friendly health services, health of sexual minorities, HIV treatment and prevention, and FGM. 

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

Contact Admissions or Contact 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 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

 

 

 

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Course Overview

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