Our BSc in Global Health is led by public health experts and a team of multi-disciplinary academics who together will help you develop an understanding of a range of public health issues at a global level.
A study abroad year option is available.
As a student on this degree, you will be exposed to a programme that will provide you with a genuinely broad education. A key feature of this degree is that it is multi-disciplinary. Among the subjects and academic specialisms you will encounter are: epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, law, economics, politics, parasitology, medicine, statistics, geography and philosophy. You will discover that all of this is highly relevant to most, if not all, critical public health issues - whether it is the challenge of controlling pandemic diseases like Ebola or HIV/AIDS; increasing access to medicines in poor countries; responding to the threat of climate change; or preventing the further increase in drug resistant strains of bacteria.
A strong theme that runs through this course is social justice and equity (another word for ‘fairness’). Our biggest global health challenges are all shaped by the fact that we live in an increasingly unequal and precarious world. Similarly, you will find that it is impossible to consider the solutions to our pressing global challenges without having to confront the influence of politics, power and money.
This degree produces knowledgeable and skilled graduates, who are socially responsible and progressive global citizens. The last few decades has seen the world become increasingly interconnected through various processes often referred to as ‘globalisation’. The transmission of diseases and the growing cross-border flow of patients and medical services are just two examples as to why public health has to adopt a global focus, and not just one that is local or national.
The programme will also critically examine the role of governmental and non-governmental organisations in the alleviation and intensification of health problems. This will include a thorough analysis of the governmental, corporate, and third sector institutions that shape contemporary health policy and services including: the World Health Organisation; the World Bank; the World Trade Organisation; the tobacco, pharmaceutical, alcohol, and food industries; and charitable organisations. You will also explore how such global organisations and structures interact with and shape biomedicine, as well as understandings, experiences, and practices of health, disease, and illness.
With the theoretical and conceptual skills you develop during the programme, you will become equipped to critically appraise the quality of the evidence that accompanies a range of health policy and service delivery issues. For example, government decisions over the implementation of pharmaceutical interventions, innovative health technologies, and decisions about how health systems should be funded and organised. Throughout the three years of your degree there will be opportunities to utilise our close links to NHS organisations, local authorities, and the voluntary sector in one of London's most diverse and complex areas. There may be opportunities for internships with a range of other governmental and non-governmental health agencies in the UK and abroad.
This programme enables students to study a full degree at QMUL with an additional year abroad with one of our internationally excellent partner universities. The programme covers the whole of the core of our degree programmes in the compulsory modules, and is structured to allow for increasing module choice in the second and fourth years of study. The third year of study will be conducted at a partner university abroad. A total equivalent to 120 credits of study should be completed during this year. A graduate of the programme should be able to enter further training at MSc level or enter any of a number of other careers which use the transferable skills gained during their studies.
By studying the BSc in Global Health with a study year abroad, students will gain an understanding of the key political, social, economic, clinical, and population health concerns around global health and global health inequalities. Students will develop an insight into improving health and wellbeing at the country, regional, and international levels. The programme draws on expertise from a range of scholarly disciplines including public health, politics, sociology, geography, and economics.
The BSc will provide students with skills in research, analysis, and communication, as well as knowledge and competencies in epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, health systems, health policy, and global health governance. A core of 20 compulsory topics will develop a set of multi-disciplinary skills, and prepare students for a successful career in a variety of public health organisations. Optional modules will allow students to further explore areas of particular interest and develop more specific knowledge and skills that they can draw on in the professional context.
We recognise that studying abroad is a valuable experience for any student, and students studying this degree will particularly benefit from the opportunity to spend a year in another country. It will allow you the opportunity to compare and contrast health systems, governance and policy, and explore different cultural approaches to health. Studying abroad can have a profound effect on your world view, taking you out of your comfort zone and presenting you with challenges you have never experienced before. As an individual, we hope you will develop independence and social skills. We believe that the experiences and skills you gain from your time abroad will help you develop both personally and academically, and could improve your career prospects.
Find out more about Study Abroad.
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The first year curriculum will provide you with an introduction to and foundation in a range of important disciplines, while developing your reading, analysis and research skills.
- Social determinants of health
- Basic issues in politics and global health
- Introduction to research, writing and analysis for global health
- Introduction to epidemiology and statistics
- Society, medicine and health
- The international politics of global health: an introduction
- Introduction to health economics
- Global worlds
Year 2 will see you apply the theories, methods, concepts, and approaches learnt in the preceding year to a set of health issues: maternal and child health, communicable diseases, and non-communicable diseases. In addition, you will continue to develop your skills in research, writing, and analysis, as well as in epidemiology.
- Communicable diseases
- Non-communicable diseases
- Research, writing and analysis
- Geographies of biomedicine
- Maternal and child health and nutrition
- Advanced epidemiology and statistics
- Medicines and pharmaceuticals
In Year 3 you will be introduced to the topic area of health systems, and there will be more optional modules. You will also have a compulsory ‘capstone’ module that provides advanced level, cross-disciplinary perspectives on evolving issues in the field and which will allow you to draw on the knowledge and skills you have acquired in considering problems and dilemmas in the global health arena from Years 1 and 2. You will also undertake a dissertation.
Compulsory modules in semester one
- Health systems, policy and practice
- Contemporary issues in health and society in the global context
- Climate change and global health policy
- Placement module
Core module- semester one and two
Electives modules (choose two from the following list in semester two)
- Health systems theory, policy and political economy
- Gender, sexuality and health
- Migration, culture and health
- Globalisation and contemporary medical ethics
- Global health governance and law
- Ecological global health
- Geographies of democracy - delivered by the School of Geography
- Geographies of nature - delivered by the School of Geography
- Gender and development - delivered by the School of Geography
- Geography, technology and society - delivered by the School of Geography
- Geopolitics post-9/11: War, Security, Economy delivered by the School of Geography
Study abroad option
If you take the Study Abroad option, you will spend Year 3 abroad then come back to London for Year 4.
General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.
2018 Entry requirements
|A-Level||Grades AAB - ABB at A-Level. A-Levels in Humanities, Social Sciences and Science subjects are all considered for entry. Excludes General Studies.|
|IB||International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 - 32 points overall, including 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.|
|BTEC||See our detailed subject and grade requirements|
|Access HE||We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.|
|GCSE||Minimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade B or 5.|
|Contextualised admissions||We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.|
General Admissions Entry Requirements
English Language Proficiency
All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.
Vocational and Other Qualifications
The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.
If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.
Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (email@example.com) before making an application for individual advice.
If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.
We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.
European and International Applicants
Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.
Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) is happy to advise you further.
For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
See our information and guidance on how to apply.
Learning and teaching
The programme is delivered full time and makes use of a virtual learning environment to help you with background preparation for the seminars that constitute an important part of your learning.
The programme tackles important developments in politics, economics, and bioscience – for instance, looking at Bill Gates’ funding of public-private partnerships to address specific illnesses and problems, and the implications in terms of medicine and scientific developments, accountability and democracy, health inequality and the distribution of medicine.
Specialist modules of interest
- Maternal and child health
- Climate change and health
- Global health governance and law.
Professor David McCoy
Professor David McCoy is a senior clinical lecturer at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University.
David graduated from Southampton University Medical School and worked as a clinician in the UK for two and a half years. He then spent ten years in South Africa, first working in a rural government hospital and subsequently in the field of public health and health systems development. He was policy research fellow at the Child Health Unit of the University of Cape Town, and then worked for Health Systems Trust, a non-government organisation established to support the post-apartheid transformation of South Africa’s health care system. On returning to the UK, he completed his formal training in public health medicine. He then worked as a research fellow at University College London, followed by a stint as Director of Public Health in Hammersmith and Fulham. He was the founding managing editor of Global Health Watch, the alternative world health report. He currently works on issues related to health systems policy, climate change and global health governance. He has an M.Phil in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Cape Town and a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr Megan Clinch
Joint BSc Programme Coordinator
Module lead, Society, medicine and health
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Dr Clinch is a lecturer in medicine and society. She has a background in social anthropology and has researched at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, the Faculty of Social Science at the Open University, and the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She explores how different forms of investigation, experimentality, evidence, and evaluation are understood and managed in the development of public health interventions. This research contributes to her broad interest in the politics of evidence in contentious practice situations and the emergence of interdisciplinary research as a means of managing them. Megan teaches medical anthropology, medical sociology and qualitative research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Dr Andrew Harmer
Joint BSc Programme Coordinator
Module co-lead, Basic issues in Politics and Global Health
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Andrew is a lecturer in Global Health Policy in the Global Health and Innovation Unit, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health. Andrew co-coordinates the BSc Global Health, with specific responsibility for Yr 3 students. Andrew has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton, and has taught at the University of Edinburgh, Bocconi University (Milan), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has led and coordinated a number of consultancy projects for leading development organisations on subjects including maternal and child health, health systems strengthening, and global health partnerships.
Dr Valentina Gallo
Module lead, Introduction to epidemiology and statistics, Advanced epidemiology and statistics
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Dr Valentina Gallo is a neuroepidemiologist with both clinical neurological qualifications and epidemiological background. She graduated in medicine in 2000 at ‘la Sapienza’ University of Rome, where she also obtained her clinical qualification as neurologist in 2005. She attended the MSc in Demography and Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003-04. Before joining QMUL, Valentina worked as research associate in the School of Public Health, Imperial College London, and as clinical lecturer in epidemiology at LSHTM, working on the health effect of perfluorinated compound exposure. Valentina is currently investigating risk factors for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (a form of motor neurone disease) and Parkinson’s disease; and has interests in environmental, molecular, and social epidemiology.
Dr Jonathan Kennedy
Module co-lead, Basic issues in Politics and Global Health
Dr. Kennedy is a Lecturer in Global Public Health. He teaches undergraduate and masters courses on the political and economic determinants of health. He has a PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge (2013). Prior joining QMUL, he taught international development at the School of Public Policy. His research has three substantive strands. His PhD research concentrated on violent conflict between the state and marginal communities in India. During his graduate studies he developed a parallel interest in the political, social and economic determinants of public health, again with a focus on India. In recent years his research has combined these two interests, concentrating on how violent political conflict affects public health. He has expanded the geographical focus of his research to encompass South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He utilizes a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods – including in-depth interviews, comparative historical methods and statistical analysis.
Dr Adrienne Milner
Module lead, Social Determinants of Health
Dr Adrienne Milner is a lecturer in Global Public Health. She joined us from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr Milner’s research addresses issues of equity in terms of race and ethnicity and sex and gender in sports and political contexts. Specifically, she examines disparities in access to sport participation and analyses the costs and benefits of participation for individuals with complex and diverse identities. Her other work focuses on racial and sexual attitudes, policy preferences, and inequality in the Obama era.
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
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:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
What our graduates do next
Launched in 2014, we expect that graduates from our BSc Global Health programme will go on to work in an exciting, broad range of careers, including:
- Medicine or dentistry via our Graduate Entry programmes
- Research and academia
- Public administration
- Politics/public policy
- Graduate programmes, including law.
Some of you will apply your knowledge directly, entering development and health NGOs in the UK and abroad, while some of you will make use of your critical and advocacy skills, and your multidisciplinary background, to work more generally in national or local government, the NHS and other health services, media and publishing, and consultancy. Others may go on to professional programmes, such as medicine or law, or other specialised graduate degrees.
You will have access to a bespoke careers programme to prepare you for internships and graduate-level work. This programme includes workshops on job-hunting and job applications as well as over 70 employer events each year to facilitate networks and help you to explore your options. Employer events include networking evenings, professional panels and an on-campus jobs fair.
Read more about our careers support and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages
BSc Global Health graduate
I’ve received an offer to study Medicine at a Medical School in the UK which I’m very excited about!
My early exposure to diverse value systems and beliefs has helped me look at problems and issues from a unique perspective, something which I hope to bring to the MBBS program. I hope to one day combine my knowledge from both degrees to set up clinics in developing countries with poor maternal health, to help women and children worldwide.
Queen Mary’s Medical School, Barts, has an excellent reputation for medical studies and its prime location in one of the worlds capitals made it an easy choice. The academic credentials along with its high rating for student satisfaction make it an impossible university to pass up.
I truly believe it is a privilege to gain the skills and knowledge to have an impact on someone's life, and I am so excited to begin the course and continue to work towards my future plan.
BSc Global Health
"I’m aware of the many career paths available for Global Health graduates, and whether it be consultancy work, becoming a doctor or humanitarian work, this degree will help me to improve my critical thinking, social theory and overall understanding of global health.
"Queen Mary, together with Barts and The London is a great institution which is in (debatably) the best and most dynamic city in the world. It has a large but not too large student population and great resources for students. East London is an area I personally love and it is a melting pot of so many different cultures.
"Global Health is a transdisciplinary course which combines so many elements I'm interested in, it just seemed like the ideal course. It's also really current, and is shaping the world around us through highly profiled diseases such as Ebola. I know that global health literally affects everyone in the world, and so all my knowledge gained from the course will be useful for several years to come. I'm looking forward to modules on maternal and child health as it's an area which I find intriguing. Also, hearing talks from leading figures in global health is something which seems really cool and is quite a rare opportunity for most uni students."