Postgraduate Taught

PgCert Health Interventions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

Do you want to make a difference to the health of people in low-resource settings? 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 community-based 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 advantage 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 strong connections that can continue throughout your entire working life. At IGHD we work directly with ministries of health, international organisations and local communities to develop real solutions to problems in health and development.
  • We are on a mission of compassion. 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 the field of global health and development. These range from health financing and support to fragile and conflict-affected settings, from to refugee integration to child protection. 

Course overview

This award focuses on the current challenges and policy debates in local/national/global responses in meeting the health needs of populations affected by or recovering from instability and conflict.

Students will examine the concepts of vulnerability and resilience of individuals, households and their interaction with health systems in conflict and post-conflict settings, as well as strategies for rebuilding the health system in fragile states. Re-establishing human resource systems provision and psychosocial interventions in a range of crisis settings is also part of this coherent 15-week study programme for health and humanitarian workers seeking to consolidate and extend learning in this area.

When you have completed this certificate you will be able to critically analyse and respond effectively and appropriately to complex policy and practice issues in diverse range of settings affected by conflict or emerging from conflict, as well as to integrate diverse perspectives on the impact of conflict to formulate effective and appropriate programmatic response to identified needs.

Exit awards

PgCert (60 credits)


You can opt to study for the PgCert or 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 presentations.

For your dissertation projects, you can chose to do a desk study involving a literature review 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 the module you are studying and whether you are studying full-time or part-time. In addition, for each module students spend approximately 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.


You will study a total of 60 credits, comprising two core modules:

  • Health Systems in Fragile Setting (15 credits)
  • Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations* (15 credits)
  • plus one more 15-credit module from the list of modules available at IGHD, which are subject to student demand.

*an independent study module on a topic related to health in fragile and conflict-affected states.

The modules listed are correct at time of publication (October 2021) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

A variety of modules can be studied for CPD, for example:

Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced Populations
Forced Displacement and Integration Module

Contact IGHD for more information.

Class sizes

We expect approximately 15-20 students to enrol for this course each year.


Our courses have been helping people to 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 organisations such as the WHO on graduation, while others have progressed to doctoral studies.

As a graduate of the PgCert Health in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States, you will have the skills and understanding that are attractive to organisations working in some of the most vulnerable and at-risk communities in the world.

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 various bodies, including the following:

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 take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5. 

Application deadline

For International applicants only (Jan 2023 start):  Applications submitted after Sunday 20th November 2022 will automatically be considered for the next available intake after January which will be in September 2023. 

There is no formal deadline, but you should be aware of the time requirements of visa applications which vary by country. We do not accept applications where the candidate will not be able to arrive on the term start date, but if the application otherwise meets our criteria, will recommend a start at the next available course start date (January or September).

Start date

September 2022. A January 2023 start date may be available.

More information and contacts

Contact Admissions or Georgina Pearson on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000


International applicants may apply for a competitive Commonwealth Scholarship.

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Fees and transitionary scholarships for postgraduate EU students in 21/22 and 22/23

As part of our management of the Brexit transition, for many of our courses, including this one, we have introduced an EU transitional scholarship for EU full-time postgraduate students commencing their studies on campus in academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23. This provides a 40% discount on international tuition fees. The scholarship is available to EU students for whom the international fee rate applies and covers the courses marked with a # in the Postgraduate Fees – Full-Time Study section of our Fees page. This transitional scholarship is not applicable to students from the Republic of Ireland, who will continue to be eligible for the home fee rate.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.

Course Overview

One semester full-time
Start Date
January 2023
Study Abroad
Institute for Global Health and Development
Fees & Funding

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