Global Health Implementation (MSc) 2017 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.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
One year full time
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.
UK and EU: £7,500
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.
- sample of academic work (1,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate
- letter of intent (optional).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you started this programme in 2016, you can find information about 2016 entry on the 2016 Global Health Implementation (MSc) page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.Apply for this course
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.
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. There are typically 10 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.
The taught portion of the course includes eight modules incorporating a variety of teaching and learning approaches, including:
- practical classes
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 2016–2017 academic year and therefore some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.
- Issues in Global Health: an introduction to key issues within global health.
- Principles in Implementation Science: the methods promoting the integration of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice.
- Ten Global Health Problems: a range of health problems that represent the diversity of the issues that affect most of the world’s population.
- Quantitative Research in Social Science: a user-friendly introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis.
- 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.
- Evidence Synthesis for Global Health Policy, Programming, and Practice: forms of evidence synthesis and its implications for global health policy, programming, and practice.
- Qualitative Methods in Social Research: offers both a theoretical and practical introduction to the collection, analysis and writing of qualitative social science research.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2016–2017 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
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.
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There are many potential scholarships or support schemes available to postgraduates.
Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust (Postgraduate)
Awards ranging from £500 to £3,000 are available on a competitive basis for postgraduates undertaking taught or research courses in Scotland.
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
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.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.
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 to build their employability skills.
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