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Global Health

4U47 BSc (Hons) 3 years


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.

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.

We are pleased to offer one Global Health student bursary for a UK student. This bursary is worth £3,000 a year for each year of study, paid directly to you – a total of up to £9,000 over a three-year course. More information coming soon!

For more information

Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2541


Year 1

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.

  1. Social determinants of health
  2. Basic issues in politics and global health
  3. Introduction to research, writing and analysis for global health
  4. Introduction to epidemiology and statistics
  5. Society, medicine and health
  6. The international politics of global health: an introduction
  7. Introduction to health economics
  8. Geographies of biomedicine and global health

Year 2

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.

  1. Communicable diseases
  2. Non-communicable diseases
  3. Research, writing and analysis
  4. Health, biomedicine and society
  5. Maternal and child health and nutrition
  6. Advanced epidemiology and statistics
  7. Medicines and pharmaceuticals

Year 3

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.

  1. Health systems, economics and policy
  2. Contemporary issues in health and society in the global context
  3. Climate change and global health policy
  4. Globalisation and health systems
  5. Migration, culture and advanced social determinants of health
  6. Globalisation and contemporary medical ethics
  7. Public health, international law and governance
  8. The politics and geographies of global health
  9. Dissertation

Entry requirements


Typical tariff or grades required: ABB or above (340-320 points).

Additional information: Minimum B grade in GCSE English and Maths. A science related or social science or humanities related subject at A-level.

Excluded subjects: General studies and critical thinking

International Baccalaureate

Acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. Subjects and grades required: 32-34 points overall.

European Baccalaureate

Acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications.

Subjects and grades required: 80% overall

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with 6.5 in writing

PTE Academic 68

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

  1. Maternal and child health
  2. Infectious diseases
  3. Climate change and health
  4. Global governance and international law.

Leading academics

Dr David McCoy
Programme Director

Dave McCoy

Dr David McCoy is a senior clinical lecturer at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University, London and Director of the London-based global health charity, Medact.

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; room G.06

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 Tim Huijts
Joint BSc Programme Coordinator

Module lead, Basic issues in politics and global health; The international politics of global health: an introduction; room 1.09

Before joining the centre in June 2014, Dr Huijts was a postdoctoral researcher in social epidemiology at the University of Oxford and assistant professor of sociology at Utrecht University. He focuses on the social and political determinants of health, mainly in European societies. Additionally, he has published studies on topics including socioeconomic inequalities in health, political regimes and health, gender equity and depression, and ethnic diversity. Currently, he is involved in an international project that aims to find strategies to reduce social inequalities in health. His research interests include social inequality in health, health policy, health damaging behaviour, comparative research, multilevel analysis, social mobility, social capital, and migration.

Dr Valentina Gallo

Module lead, Introduction to epidemiology and statistics, Advanced epidemiology and statistics; room 1.09

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 Sarah Steele

Module lead, Introduction to research, writing and analysis for global health ; room tbc

Dr Sarah Steele trained in law and criminology. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She has taught global health, law, criminology, politics, international relations, and communication skills, and most recently at the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. She has gained professional experience in the House of Representatives in Washington DC, MPs Offices in the United Kingdom, and through working with the non-profit sector on human trafficking. She specialises in researching policy, professional organisations and practitioners’ implementation of law and policy, and social media use in the professions.

Dr Colin Millard

Module lead, Medicines and Pharmaceuticals ; room 2.03

Dr Millard’s background is in medical anthropology, and the social anthropology of South Asia and Tibet. He has carried out extensive fieldwork in Nepal, India and Tibet. His wide research interests include the anthropology of pharmaceuticals, access to medicines, globalisation and health, Tibetan medicine, the use of ritual in healing, and the impact of modernity on traditional medical systems. He also has research interests in social network analysis, migration and health, and civil society and global health policy.

Professor Anita Patel ; room 2.18

Anita Patel joined the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health in 2015. She has worked on the health economic aspects of a number of projects covering a wide range of clinical areas. In addition to studies of psychological and pharmacological treatments for depression and schizophrenia, she is also involved in evaluations of interventions in the areas of osteoarthritis, stroke and diabetes.

Dr Petra Sevcikova ; room tbc

Petra Sevcikova has been researching into pharmaceutical regulation and access to medicines in developing countries. Recently she has been involved in the EU FP7 funded project Accessing Medicines in Africa and South Asia. Her research focuses on the regulation of pharmaceutical industry, such as standards of quality, and the intersection of economic and public health issues related to international harmonisation and enforcement of such regulations.

She previously held research and teaching positions at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the Centre for International Public Health Policy and Global Public Health Unit (University of Edinburgh).

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £16,400

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.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

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.

Graduate Employment

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
  • NGOs/charity
  • 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



Marvellous Ugoji
BSc Global Health

Marvellous Ugoji, BSc Global Health at Queen Mary University of London

"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."

Georgia Raniolo
BSc Global Health

Georgia Raniolo, BSc Global Health at Queen Mary University of London

"I chose Queen Mary because of its excellent reputation for medical studies and its prime location in one of the world’s greatest capitals, this made it an easy choice for me.

"This degree will give me the grounding to study medicine with a global perspective; to cure not just an individual but a community or region of people. Furthermore, I am most looking forward to gaining a deeper insight into the greater components of healthcare on a global scale."

Latha Bonthala


Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

“I chose to study at Barts and The London because I had heard very positive comments about the quality of the teaching and the down to earth atmosphere and attitudes of both staff and students. When compared to other medical schools in London, Barts seemed like the best place to be!

How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?

“The Medicine in Society placements mean you are placed in the community right from the start, which is both enjoyable and incredibly beneficial. Also, the regular in-course assessments were very useful in consolidating all the information learnt during the year, particularly in the run-up to the end of year examinations.

“One thing there is no shortage of in east London is a social life! There is always something to do, and always people ready to celebrate successes in the recently renovated Griffin Students’ Union building. The leisure and recreational facilities are great at Queen Mary’s Mile End campus. There is a good choice of places to unwind whichever way you want to, for example exercising in the Qmotion gym or relaxing with friends by the canal.”


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