If you are interested in the challenges and opportunities in healthcare and public health in the 21st century and are keen to move into public services, the voluntary sector or international work, this programme is for you. You will be introduced to the wide range of knowledge needed to understand health today, from human biology and infectious disease through to population health, globalisation and international health governance. You will graduate with a wide range of skills, including those needed to critique government papers and academic arguments, interpret and create statistical analyses, engage in public debate, and develop policy. The programme is structured around the underlying principles and themes in global health, public health, and public policy, drawing on examples from around the world and the local London community.
The programme is also suitable for ambitious home and overseas students who may be thinking of applying to study medicine as a postgraduate student.
Why study BSc Global Health at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry – Queen Mary University of London?
- From the local to the global – based in Whitechapel in London’s East End, we have close links to NHS organisations, local authorities, and the voluntary sector in one of London’s most diverse and complex areas; we also have collaborations with other universities and organisations from around the world to aid research and teaching. We encourage you to get involved in both our local and international work.
- The programme approaches global health from a public health perspective. It is led by public health consultants and general practitioners.
- This is a truly multidisciplinary programme, and exposes you to a range of disciplines, giving you a genuinely broad education. Alongside modules in science you will be able to study subjects including economics, law, sociology and anthropology, allowing for a broad education with a wide perspective. In practice this means, for instance, when approaching maternal and child health, you will have studied the necessary physiology and pathology, as well as relevant economic, political, and socio-cultural factors.
- With this multidisciplinary approach, including political and legal analysis, you are encouraged to gain the critical insight and informed scepticism necessary for management, persuasion, and advocacy.
- Much of the teaching is via seminars, so you will develop your debating skills and will learn in groups. Some lectures will be delivered online, enabling you to work flexibly around your other commitments.
Admissions and programme enquiries
Dr James Lancaster
Phone: +44 20 7882 7212
Fax: +44 20 7882 2552
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Yvonne Carter Building
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 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. Mathematics HL at least six points is preferred.
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.
Academics who are leaders in their respective fields:
Prof Allyson Pollock
Professor of Public Health Research and Policy and Co-director of the Global Health, Policy and Innovation 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.
Prof Trish Greenhalgh
Professor of Primary Health Care and Co-director of the Global Health, Policy and Innovation Unit, and Dean for Research Impact in the School of Medicine.
Described as “one of the international stars of general practice” she is the author of eight textbooks including Primary health care: theory and practice and How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine. She leads a research programme on new technologies in health care, cross-cultural health and the personal dimension of health and illness (narrative-based medicine). She was programme director for the world’s first fully online MSc programme in primary health care from 1998 to 2010. In 2001, she received an OBE for services to medicine.
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.
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 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