• Attendance Based
  • Part Time
  • Full Time

Today’s globalised world is marked by high levels of migration. There are an estimated 232 million international migrants and 763 million internal migrants and these figures are on the increase. Every seventh person in the world is a migrant. This global flow of people is clearly linked to diverse health risks, both to the migrant and to the communities that they move to. The risks to health are not uniform but vary according to the type of migrant (internal and international migrant, refugees, migrant workers, trafficked person, etc), and to features of the migrant population such as gender, ethnicity, class, and legal status.

This degree considers this vitally important area of the public health of migrant and their communities across the globe, a subject as yet rarely addressed in dedicated teaching. It explores migrant and diaspora communities and the ways that health within these communities is related to social, political, economic, and cultural factors. Students discuss the range of health and well-being factors faced by migrant communities and identify ways in which better health can be achieved for all.

Drawing from existing aspects of global health teaching at QMUL, this programme aims to meet the need for those working in public health and public policy to have a better understanding of migration and health. It will appeal therefore to medical practitioners, civil servants, lawyers, social and political scientists, and NGO workers, among others.

On completion of this course, students will have developed the skills and knowledge to work in health and public policy at local, national, and international level, and in governmental and international bodies and NGOs, or undertake further postgraduate research.

This programme will:

  • assess the important role that culture plays in determining health outcomes for migrant and their communities
  • consider the range of health problems faced by migrant communities in host countries
  • explore relevant theoretical themes by considering international case studies of mental health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and risk perception and lifestyle.

The Migration, Culture and Global Health Policy MSc is part of a wider programme of study in global health within the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.


Programme Academic Staff

Programme Overview

Why study your Migration, Culture and Global Health Policy at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We are one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The Global Public Health Unit combines the local and the global in a stimulating and challenging research and teaching environment – we have strong links to the NHS, local authorities, third-sector organisations, policymakers in the UK and elsewhere, and leading international figures in global health.

  • The MSc programmes global health study from a diverse multidisciplinary perspective, with teaching led by public health consultants, lawyers, sociologists, geographers, and economists.
  • You will learn from a truly multidisciplinary programme, which will give you a genuinely broad education and a wide perspective.
  • With this multidisciplinary approach, you will gain critical insight and applied skills necessary for management, persuasion, and advocacy.
  • We integrate different types of teaching delivery including small group seminars and participation in public health conferences.
  • We work from the local to the global– the Global Public Health Unit is based in Whitechapel in London's East End, and has close links to NHS organisations, local authorities, and the voluntary sector in one of London's most diverse and complex areas.
  • We have collaborations with other universities and organisations from around the world to aid research, teaching, policy development, and community engagement.
  • We encourage students to get involved in both our local and international work.

Is this the right programme for me?

The programme is of interest to public health doctors and other health practitioners in public and primary health care, but will also attract policy makers and NGO workers among others - people who are dealing with migrants and the associated health issues. Students are equipped for policy and public health positions in the field and in academia.

We welcome students who seek to follow a rigorous programme of study which will include both self-directed learning and structured interaction with others from different professional and cultural backgrounds.


The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

You will have access to a range of specialist facilities including: medical libraries located at the Royal London and St Bart's hospitals and at the main College campus at Mile End.

Entry requirements

You will normally need at least a 2.1 honours degree or GPA 3.2/4.0 or GPA 3.4/5.0 or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences. We also welcome applications from those who have studied a less directly related subject at undergraduate level, but who can demonstrate interest and motivation in this area.

You should have IELTS 7.0 or PTE academic 68, with IELTS 6.5 or PTE 62 in writing.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.


Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Assessment takes a number of different forms including coursework essays, assignments and presentations, and examinations. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation, which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.


You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.

This MSc programme is available for study for one year full-time, or two years part-time.

In the first semester, modules develop the key concepts and research methods and analysis. These present you with relevant methodological issues and challenges while providing interdisciplinary foundations. In the second semester, you gain a more detailed understanding of areas relevant to your interests through specialist and elective modules.

Programme Structure

Core modules

Specialist module

  • Migration, Culture and Health

Optional modules

 Types of Study


Undertaking a master’s programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Each module you study is worth 15 credits. University guidelines suggest that for every 15 credits, a student will need to study for 150 hours. You will usually have one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar per module per week.


Our part-time study options mean you can complete the MSc over two years. Our MSc programmes consist of four core modules, four elective modules and a dissertation worth a total of 180 credits.

A part time student is required to take two of the core module worth 15 credits in semester one of the first year. In the second semester of the first year a part time student will take two elective modules of 15 credits.

In the second year a part time student will take the other two core modules worth 15 credits in semester one, and in the second semester they would take a further two elective modules worth 15 credits. In the second year a part time student would research and write their 15,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits. This is usually submitted in August.

University guidelines suggest that for every 15 credits, a student will need to study for 150 hours. This is worth considering when thinking about studying part time. You will usually have one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar per module per week.

Distance Learning

This programme is not currently available as distance learning, although we hope to make this available in the future. Contact us for further information.


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For enquires regarding the course please contact:

Ms Emily McLean-Englis

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