The BSc in Global Health at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry offers you the unique opportunity to apply a public health perspective on the challenges and developments we face in today’s globalised world.
The degree gives you a solid grounding in the many disciplines that contribute to global health, allowing students to develop the knowledge and skills to contribute to improve wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across the world. You will be able to understand the important roles of governments and the place of public services and partnerships in reducing health inequalities, improving health infrastructure and access to services, and fostering health.
This is a truly multidisciplinary programme, exposing students to a genuinely broad education. This means studying economics, geography, law, sociology, politics, epidemiology, and anthropology in one degree! In practice this means that you will study, for instance, maternal and child health through an economic, political, and socio-cultural lens.
Our expert clinical and non-clinical teaching staff will lead you in exploring a range of theoretical and applied approaches both within and across the disciplines. You will learn about the social and cultural determinants of health, how the environment influences health, and how these factors come together and contribute to growing inequalities in health throughout the world.
You will 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 Bank, and the World Trade Organization, industry (the tobacco, pharmaceutical, alcohol, and food industries), and charitable organisations (such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). You will also explore how such global organisations and structures interact with and shape biomedicine, as well as our understandings, experiences, and practices of health, disease, illness, and wellbeing.
Our students graduate with a multi-disciplinary degree that equips them with a wide range of knowledge-areas and skills, and that caters to broad interests. Some students may move into careers where they apply their knowledge directly, entering development and health charities in the UK and abroad, international and non-government organisations, and the NHS and other health services. Others draw on their training in analytical and critical thinking, advocacy and persuasion, and multidisciplinary subject matter, to work in national or local government, media and publishing, and consultancy. Some students will wish to carry on into postgraduate training in global health or other associated subjects, or use the degree as the basis for applying to study medicine or law.
For more information
Global Public Health Unit
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
58 Turner Street
London E1 2AB
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
- Geographies of biomedicine and global health
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
- Health, biomedicine and society
- 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.
- Health systems, economics and policy
- Contemporary issues in health and society in the global context
- Climate change and global health policy
- Globalisation and health systems
- Migration, culture and advanced social determinants of health
- Globalisation and contemporary medical ethics
- Public health, international law and governance
- The politics and geographies of global health
Typical tariff or grades required: ABB or above (340-320 points).
Additional information: A science related or social science or humanities related subject at A-level.
Acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications. Subjects and grades required: 30-34 points overall.
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
- Maternal and child health
- Infectious diseases
- Climate change and health
- Global governance and international law.
Professor Allyson Pollock
Professor of Public Health Research and Policy and director of the Global Public Health Unit
Professor Pollock is an internationally known scholar in public health medicine, recently described by The Lancet as one "of the UK’s leading public intellectuals in medicine". Through her research she brings the wide range of public health disciplines – epidemiological, geographical, legal, economic, political – to bear on important issues in public health and health policy, and particularly in relation to how financing and policy impact on universal and equitable health care provision.
Her research covers globalisation, marketisation and privatisation of public services, pharmaceuticals, and health inequalities. She has strong links to developing public health programmes in low and middle income countries.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
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.
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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.
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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 2014):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £7,751 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- A Maintenance Grant of up to £3,387 to help towards your living costs
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- Extra amounts of loan or grant if you study for longer than the standard academic year or if you have travel costs because you are studying away from your main campus
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.
This is a brand new BSc for QMUL, but here are some recent employment destinations of our MSc Global Health graduates:
- Development Manager, Busoga Trust (providing sustainable access to safe water)
- Research Associate, Urban Institute (Washington-based policy analyst)
- Dignity Campaign Manager, Amnesty International
- Director of Development, Childhood Cancer Canada
- Project Coordinator, Greater Houston Fair Housing Centre
- Public Health doctor
- Research Analyst, UCLA.
We expect that graduates from the BSc Global Health programme will go on to work in a similarly wide variety of careers. Some will apply their knowledge directly, entering development and health NGOs in the UK and abroad, while others will make use of their analytical and critical thinking, their advocacy and persuasion skills, and their multidisciplinary background, to work in national or local government, the NHS and other health services, media and publishing, and consultancy.
While on the programme you will be exposed to activity in the NHS and other health organisations locally in London. The Centre for Primary Care and Public Health is home to the QMUL Global Health Network, bringing together academics, medical practitioners, and students at QMUL and Barts Health in discussion and project work related to global health. In these ways you will gain experience and networking.
Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s links with major hospitals and its location between Canary Wharf and the City. You are encouraged to build work experience throughout your studies, through, for example, our QM Projects work experience scheme, QM Temps job agency, Experience Works events and QMSU Provide volunteering services. Over 800 vacancies are available to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site. Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1,200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from Student Journalist to Library Assistant and from Society President to School Mentor.
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
"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."
BSc Global Health
"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."
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.”