Global Health Law and Governance

MRes ( 1 year Full-time )

Overview

The MRES in Global Health Law and Governance is a pre-doctoral training programme designed to provide a critical, research led approach to the study of Global Heath Governance, together with training in the key research skills appropriate for Doctoral level study. Alongside a suite of substantive modules offered in conjunction with the School's Global Health MScs, the programme includes core modules in research design, qualitative and quantitative methods taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

Students who successfully complete the programme will be able to move on to a PhD and eventually work in health policy and other fields of public health and public policy with a global perspective and equipped to enhance capacity and work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams on behalf of local populations.

Why study the MRES in Global Health Law and Governance?

Global public health has become a subject of study across several disciplines, including biomedicine, political economy, sociology and anthropology, epidemiology and statistics, health services research, and policy studies. Law has also been amongst these, but has rarely been the focus of dedicated study in the context of global public health. Yet legal frameworks and instruments continue to evolve and to shape and influence both the content and delivery of standards and policy goals.

This programme analyses the key international organisations and legal instruments that influence national public health policies. It critically examines the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) and key international conventions and protocols. This programme will appeal to all those with an involvement in health policy and health systems, including medical practitioners, civil servants, lawyers, social and political scientists, and NGO workers, amongst others. It will interest policy makers who want to understand the bigger picture about global health and will feature prominent key speakers from the likes of WHO, WTO, and the medical profession.

Furthermore, the Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two renowned and prestigious teaching hospitals: St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London. Both continue to make an outstanding contribution to modern medicine and together have been consistently ranked among the top five in the UK for medicine.

The Global Health Unit combines the local and the global in a stimulating and challenging research and teaching environment – we have strong links to the NHS, local authorities, third-sector organisations, policymakers in the UK and elsewhere, and leading international figures in global health.

We integrate different types of teaching delivery including small group seminars and participation in public health conferences. We have collaborations with other universities and organisations from around the world to aid research, teaching, policy development, and community engagement, and we encourage students to get involved in both our local and international work.

Key academics

Professor David McCoy

Programme Director

David McCoy is a Professor at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. 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 in South Africa for two and half years, 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 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 Doreen Montag

MSc coordinator

Dr. Montag is a lecturer in Non-Clinical Global Public Health with almost 20 years of experience among indigenous and non-indigenous people in rural and urban areas of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon.  She received her DPhil in Anthropology from Oxford University. Her doctoral research, which was funded by the Radcliff-Brown Trust of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the Bamborough Fund, the Linacre Trust Fund and the Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund from the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University, is an ethnography of fever in the Peruvian Amazon. It focuses on how historical factors, embodied biopolitics, current environmental degradation and increase in emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases impacts upon urban Shipibo-Konibo people’s experiences of fever.

Structure

Students taking the MRES in Global Health Law and Governance will sit modules totalling 120 credits, and complete a dissertation (60 credits).

Two compulsory 30 credit modules will be delivered by the School of Politics and International Relations:

  • Introduction to Social Science Research 1: epistemology, research design, and qualitative methods (30 credits) NEW
  • Introduction to Social Science Research 2: quantitative methods and data (30 credits) NEW

Three compulsory 15 credit modules will be offered by the Blizard Institute:

  • Health Systems Policy and Practice (semester 1)
  • Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health (semester 1)
  • Global Health, Governance and Law (semester 2)

One compulsory 60 credit dissertation module will be delivered the by the Global Health Unit in the Blizard Institute:

  • Dissertation ICM7119

One 15 credit module will be offered by the Global Health Unit in the Blizard Institute/School of Business Management in Semester 2, with students choosing from the following list:

  • Migration, culture and health
  • Health Systems Theory, Policy and Political Economy
  • Gender, Sexuality and Health
  • Ecological Global Health
  • Human Rights and Public Health
  • Anthropology of Global Health
  • Primary Care and Global Public Health
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
  • Global governance and international organisations
  • Economics of developing countries
  • Human resource management in the public services

Entry requirements

You will normally need at least a 2.1 honours degree or GPA 3.2/4.0 or GPA 3.4/5.0 or international equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences. Applicants with a 2.2 honours degree with relevant experience within the field are welcomed to apply. We also welcome applications from those who have studied a less directly related subject at undergraduate level, but who can demonstrate interest and motivation in this area.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Assessment takes a number of different forms including coursework essays, assignments and presentations, and examinations. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation, which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.

Dissertation

You will also be assessed on a supervised 15,000-word dissertation.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £8,500
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £15,600
Part-time study is not available for this course

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

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:

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