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We live in a world of remarkable health challenges: from emerging infections and non-communicable diseases to weak health systems and uneven access to medicines. In meeting these challenges, it is abundantly clear that improving global health requires a critical understanding of the complex interplay between health, politics and social and spatial inequalities in wealth and power. In this new programme, students explore the contested terrain of global health politics in theory and practice. Combining advanced geographical analysis of pressing global health concerns with jointly-taught modules from experts in the Global Health Unit, at the QMUL Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, this degree equips a new generation of critical scholars to tackle the moral, ethical and political challenges of global health today. MRes version of this course is also available.
- provides you with a detailed understanding of global health debates, agendas, politics and practices in a variety of geographical and historical contexts
- encourages you to examine pressing global health challenges in light of the significant conceptual, methodological and empirical contributions of critical geographical scholarship
- involves unique multi-disciplinary teaching from internationally recognised global health experts that permits students to craft a programme of study that furthers their own academic or professional interests.
Become part of QMUL Geography
- Research excellence: Almost 80 per cent of the School’s research outputs (books and articles) are rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) placing it 5th in the UK for this measure. Scores increased across all areas and the School is ranked joint 11th for geography in the UK overall. Joining the School of Geography places you alongside academics that are actively developing and challenging contemporary thinking in this field.
- Employability: Students completing this programme will be well-placed to enter governmental, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and academic research roles.
- Field-based research: Students receive tailored research supervision and training suitable to their individual research interests. They will also be able to participate in a fieldtrip to Geneva, Switzerland to further develop field research skills. *
- Twilight teaching: Some optional modules will include evening classes (5-7pm) and intensive teaching periods will condense required attendance. Small group teaching will provide students the unique opportunity to work closely with leading academics in this field of study.
- Capital location: We're a School that cares about the world beyond the university, working with a range of community groups, artists, cultural and heritage institutions and policy makers, particularly here in east London. Our passion is to demonstrate through research and teaching the intellectual and political significance of geographical research and understanding. We encourage our students to become part of this vibrant intellectual culture.
- Walter Oldershaw Award: eight awards (£3,000 each) are available across all masters degrees offered by the School of Geography
- Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award: all graduates of QMUL are awarded with a £1,000 bursary
- Postgraduate Loans Scheme: eligible students will be able to borrow loans up to £10,000
- Read more about these opportunities on the funding a masters page
- Weekly research seminars: As a postgraduate student with will be invited to weekly research seminars as well as several research frameworks sessions with top-level academic researchers.
- Individual working space: Research students have individual desk and computing space in dedicated offices within the School of Geography and access to facilities for specialist statistical and Geographical Information System (GIS) analyses, desktop publishing and the processing of video and electronic images.
- University of London network: Queen Mary is a part of the University of London, so our students have access to the facilities, learning resources and libraries across the group's institutions. You can also use the first-rate resources of other libraries with London collections (e.g. the British Library).
* Fieldwork costs are additional to tuition fees. Students taking the field class module on this degree programme will be responsible for paying the costs of flights, accommodation and living expenses.
The programme is made up of 180 credits.
- Critical Geographies of Global Health (30 credits)
- Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)
- Researching Global Health and Biomedicine (30 credits)
- Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)
- ONE module from: Health Inequalities and the Social Determinants of Health; Health Systems, Economics and Policy (15 credits)
- ONE module from: Advanced Social Determinants of Health; Globalisation and Health Systems; Public Health, International Law and Governance; Human Rights and Public Health; Gender, Sexuality and Health; Ecological Public Health; Anthropologies of Global Health (15 credits)
The module, ‘Researching Global Health and Biomedicine’, includes the opportunity to travel to Geneva, Switzerland on fieldwork to visit institutions and meet individuals involved in the shaping of global health politics. The dissertation can include fieldwork conducted in the UK or overseas. *
An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification), together with two supportive references, at least one of which must be academic. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 7.0.
Read more about English language 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 on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is not necessary to have a first degree in geography and we welcome applicants from different backgrounds in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the international section of our website.
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 exercises and role-plays 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.
For every hour spent in formal 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 and completing projects.
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 requirements 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.
Students receive tailored research supervision and training suitable to their individual research interests. They will also be able to participate in an optional fieldtrip to Geneva, Switzerland to further develop field research skills. *
Assessment on each of the modules is through a variety of coursework assignments ranging from extended essays to reviews.
You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation (equivalent to 60 credits) on a topic of your choice relating to the programme. The dissertation can include fieldwork conducted in the UK or overseas. You will be assigned an academic supervisor from the School of Geography who will provide guidance and advice on your dissertation research. You will meet your supervisor at least six times from January through to June in order to ensure that work is on track for completion.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Full time £8,200
Tuition fees for International students
Full time £14,850
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Dr Tim Brown, Programme Convenor and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
I have established an international reputation for research in the field of health and medical geography, and more especially in relation to the critical geographies of public health. My research over the past 15 years has explored how ideas of risk and responsibility are articulated as technologies of self-care. More recently, I have applied the critical insights developed in this research into other areas of contemporary and historical public health discourse; notably, global health and food security and environment and health in late-Victorian London.
This new programme will allow our students to explore how global health is shaped by socio-economic and political questions. In examining the interplay between health and these wider forces, they challenge conventional ways of approaching health crises and, ultimately, consider alternative ways of improving global health.
Dr Stephen Taylor, Lecturer in Human Geography
My research and teaching interests centre on the geographies of biomedicine and global health. This work turns on the thought that medical advances take place today in a world of remarkable economic, political and health inequalities. Health, poverty and exclusion are not merely biological, economic and social concepts; they are also political categories that are produced and contested. Thus, my work considers the political, legal, economic and historical structures that secure the health of some while exposing the lives of others to the slow violences of illness and abandonment.