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trypanosomesThe MSc global public health and policy builds on models of social determinants of health and international health concepts of policy-making at local, national, and international levels.

Social determinants and the consequences for health and wellbeing of inequalities have been an essential part of the understanding of public health doctors when dealing with health issues at population level. Today, with the work of Marmot and most recently Picketty, there is a greater awareness than ever in academia, medicine, and politics of health inequalities. There are, therefore, opportunities for those concerned with these issues to make a contribution to addressing global health challenges.

Students can specialise in areas as diverse as trade in health, global burden of disease, evidence based policy making, pharmaceuticals and clinical trials, the anthropology of health, and ethics.

This MSc programme will be of particular interest if you are a medical and clinical practitioner, a civil servant, a public health practitioner, a social or political scientist, a lab scientist, or work for an NGO.


This MSc programme is part of a wider programme of study in global health within the Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The programmes are directed by Dr David McCoy, and a multidisciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical academics. The teaching programme is located within a Global Health Unit directed by Professor Allyson Pollock, and the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health led by Professors Sandra Eldridge and Chris Griffiths.

Key academics

Prof Richard Ashcroft

Dr Megan Clinch

Dr Valentina Gallo

Prof Johanna Gibson

Dr Tim Huijts

Ms Sally Kerry

Dr Elias Kondilis

Dr Colin Millard

Dr David McCoy (Programme Director)

Dr Sarah Steele



Programme Academic Staff

Programme Overview

Why study International Primary Health Care at Queen Mary?

There are a number of distinct features about the course which include: an emphasis on the social determinants of health; a focus on the interface between politics and policy; a concern for social justice; and a stress upon primary care acting as a platform for effective public health action.

The offers an opportunity to develop a pronounced multi-disciplinary analysis that includes sociology, anthropology, economics, law, geography as well as public health medicine. You will therefore learn from a truly multidisciplinary programme, which will give you a genuinely broad education and wide perspective.

Furthermore, the Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two renowned and prestigious teaching hospitals: St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London. Both continue to make an outstanding contribution to modern medicine and together have been consistently ranked among the top five in the UK for medicine.

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.

We integrate different types of teaching delivery including small group seminars and participation in public health conferences. We have collaborations with other universities and organisations from around the world to aid research, teaching, policy development, and community engagement, and we encourage students to get involved in both our local and international work.


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.

Is this the right programme for me?

The programme is of particular 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. Students are equipped for policy, parliamentary, and ministerial positions, and public health and clinical practice in the field and in academia.

We welcome students who are attracted to a rigorous programme of study which will include both self-directed learning and structured interaction with others from different professional and cultural backgrounds. Studying here is an opportunity to gain excellent critical insights and analyses, and to learn collaboratively with students from all over the world.

What will I go on to do after this programme?

Employability is high and students can expect to go on to become researchers, policy makers, and effective practitioners in a wide range of public health and public policy settings throughout the world. On completion of this MSc you may decide to

  • work in central and local government, public health and other health care, or in NGOs
  • contribute to health policy in government or through consultancies
  • continue your research skills through academic study via a PhD

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.



Programme Structure

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.

Core Modules

Specialist and Elective Modules

Types of Study


Undertaking an MSc 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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What our Students Say

The MSc course has given me the foundations to pursue a long and successful career in Public Health. I learned how to critically analyse a situation and also realised that Global Health is very complex and is not a one-size-fits-all field.

I have just begun an internship at the World Health Organization at the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. I am currently sitting with members of 10 countries from LMIC's discussing their grant proposals on implementation research to maximise intervention efficacy in projects in their host countries.

I arrived in September 2013 to start what would become one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have made lifelong friends from the widest geographical range imaginable. The contextual perspectives that illuminated each lecture and seminar were very insightful. I believe that the cultural/multinational diversity separates our program from all others.

Further, I have built great relationships with the program staff. Every time I was in the Yvonne Carter building, I was always greeted with a smile and a friendly hello. My professors were always willing to take the time to explain any queries I had. I also felt that my professors and tutors interacted with me in a manner that deviated from the traditional teacher/student model, in favour of dialogue that was open to debate and reaction.

I believe that the course provides all the tools for a student to achieve whatever goals or aspirations in Global Health that they wish to achieve.

Rockie Kang (2013-14)


For enquires regarding the course please contact:

Ms Emily McLean-Englis

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2541
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