Global Health Implementation (MSc) 2018 entry

The MSc in Global Health Implementation provides students with the skills and knowledge to fulfil roles as global health implementation practitioners, policy makers or academics. Peer-interaction and student-centred learning are at the heart of the curriculum, and this programme supports the development of critical thinkers and radical practitioners.

The MSc in Global Health Implementation is no longer running in the academic year 2018-2019. We hope to offer this programme again for 2019-entry. Alternatively, students may be interested in the MSc in Sustainable Development or the the MSc in International Development Practice for 2018-entry.

Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc)

Course dates

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 September 2019

If you started this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Global Health Implementation page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full time

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in a relevant subject from the sciences, social sciences, or arts and humanities. A relevant professional qualification or experience will be considered in place of a degree at the discretion of the course management group.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Tuition fees

UK and EU: £8,500
Overseas: £20,980

Application deadline

Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV 
  • personal statement (optional)
  • sample of academic work (1,000 words)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates 
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

The MSc in Global Health Implementation is no longer running in the academic year 2018-2019. We hope to offer this programme again for 2019-entry. Alternatively, students may be interested in the MSc in Sustainable Development or the the MSc in International Development Practice for 2018-entry.

Course information

The MSc in Global Health Implementation is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Medicine. The programme provides a detailed theoretical understanding of global health implementation literature and issues within the attainment and maintenance of health. The teaching staff within the School believe in supporting the development of critical thinkers and radical practitioners, and peer-interaction and student-centred learning are at the heart of the curriculum.


  • Students have the opportunity to learn from world-leading practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines in health and social science.
  • You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary for roles in policy, practice, or academe.
  • The programme was developed in collaboration with the Schools of Management, Geography and Geosciences, Psychology and Neuroscience, and International Relations, offering an interdisciplinary perspective on global health implementation.
  • The programme is non-exam based and emphasises student participation and independent learning.

Teaching format

The taught portion of the programme is delivered through tutorials, e-seminars, practical classes and workshops. Modules are delivered by academics from across the University, from members of the local health board in NHS Scotland, and from guest academics, policy makers and practitioners. Expected numbers range from 6 to 12 students on the course each year.

The course is non-exam based and incorporates a variety of alternative assessment techniques such as:

  • written assignments
  • oral and poster presentations
  • peer and self assessment.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.


The taught portion of the course includes eight modules incorporating a variety of teaching and learning approaches, including:

  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • practical classes
  • workshops.

Modules are delivered by academics from across the University, members of the local health board in NHS Scotland, and guest academics, policy makers, and practitioners offering a truly inter-disciplinary educational experience.

For more details about each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue, which is for the 2017–2018 academic year, and therefore some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Semester 1

  • Issues in Global Health: an introduction to key issues within global health.
  • Principles of Implementation Science: the methods promoting the integration of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice.
  • Quantitative Methods in Social Science: a user-friendly introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis.
  • Ten Global Health Problems: a range of health problems that represent the diversity of the issues that affect most of the world’s population.

Semester 2

  • Evidence Synthesis for Global Health Policy, Programming, and Practice: forms of evidence synthesis and its implications for global health policy, programming, and practice.
  • Globalisation and Health: an analysis of what is meant by globalisation and how this might affect the health of the global community.
  • Inequalities and Inequities in Global Health: the inequalities and inequities in health, as they relate to race, gender, nationality, geography, and poverty, in the context of global injustice.
  • Qualitative Methods in Social Research: offers both a theoretical and practical introduction to the collection, analysis and writing of qualitative social science research.

One of the final elements of the MSc in Global Health Implementation is a 5,000-word dissertation. Relevant University staff will supervise dissertation projects.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MSc, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2018 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

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Conferences and events

The School of Medicine has a busy programme of conferences, workshops and visiting speakers from universities in the UK and from abroad. Check out the School of Medicine's seminar series.

SCALE (Strategy for Changing Academic Life Environment) is an initiative designed to make the School of Medicine a flourishing working environment where all staff (academic, administrative and technical) and students reach their full potential.


Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships. 

Commonwealth Scholarships
Scholarships are available from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) mainly for citizens of Commonwealth countries, but also for applicants from other countries who meet the right specifications.

After the MSc

Research degrees

Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling as PhD students at St Andrews School of Medicine. These students are involved in scientific research covering a wide range of subjects, including Community Health Sciences, Health Psychology and Molecular Medicine.

Submission of work or undertaking research for a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) degree at St Andrews School of Medicine is open to former medical graduates of St Andrews.

PhD in Medicine


Graduates from the MSc in Global Health Implementation have career prospects in practical, clinical, policy and academic positions. The job market is competitive, and additional international experience is often very appealing to employers.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

Contact information

School of Medicine
University of St Andrews
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9TF

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 1891

Medicine website


This webpage was updated on 4 April 2018 to state that this course is no longer running in September 2018.


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Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).