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Global health (BSc)

  • Attendance Based
  • Full Time

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The Blizard Institute is situated within the Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London.


How to Apply:

BSc Global Health: Apply Here via UCAS 4U47


QMUL Global Health International Scholarship BSc Global Health 1 £18,000 scholarship (spread over 3 years) International
  • Based on academic excellence and motivation as demonstrated in the application form and personal statement
  • Decision on scholarships to be made by a QMUL panel 
  • The scholarship will be payable for three years subject to satisfactory academic progress, attitude, and attendance
  • All overseas applicants will be considered for the scholarship. Your UCAS application form will be used to determine who receives the scholarship.



Is this the right programme for me?

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.

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


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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

Programme Structure

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.

  • 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

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

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.

  • Placement in Global Health
  • Health systems, policy and practice
  • Contemporary issues in health and society in the global context
  • Climate change and global health policy
  • Health systems theory, policy and practice
  • Migration, culture and health
  • Advanced social determinants of health
  • Gender, sexuality and health 
  • Globalisation and contemporary medical ethics
  • Global health governance and law
  • Dissertation

 For further information about the modules on the degree please use the QMUL Module Directory




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."

For enquiries regarding the course please contact:

Ms Emily McLean-Inglis

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2541
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Queen Mary, University of London
58 Turner Street
E1 2AB
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