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.

A study abroad year option is available.

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.

Study abroad

This programme enables students to study a full degree at QMUL with an additional year abroad with one of our internationally excellent partner universities.  The programme covers the whole of the core of our degree programmes in the compulsory modules, and is structured to allow for increasing module choice in the second and fourth years of study. The third year of study will be conducted at a partner university abroad.  A total equivalent to 120 credits of study should be completed during this year.  A graduate of the programme should be able to enter further training at MSc level or enter any of a number of other careers which use the transferable skills gained during their studies.

By studying the BSc in Global Health with a study year abroad, students will gain an understanding of the key political, social, economic, clinical, and population health concerns around global health and global health inequalities. Students will develop an insight into improving health and wellbeing at the country, regional, and international levels. The programme draws on expertise from a range of scholarly disciplines including public health, politics, sociology, geography, and economics.

The BSc will provide students with skills in research, analysis, and communication, as well as knowledge and competencies in epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, health systems, health policy, and global health governance. A core of 20 compulsory topics will develop a set of multi-disciplinary skills, and prepare students for a successful career in a variety of public health organisations. Optional modules will allow students to further explore areas of particular interest and develop more specific knowledge and skills that they can draw on in the professional context.

We recognise that studying abroad is a valuable experience for any student, and students studying this degree will particularly benefit from the opportunity to spend a year in another country. It will allow you the opportunity to compare and contrast health systems, governance and policy, and explore different cultural approaches to health.  Studying abroad can have a profound effect on your world view, taking you out of your comfort zone and presenting you with challenges you have never experienced before. As an individual, we hope you will develop independence and social skills. We believe that the experiences and skills you gain from your time abroad will help you develop both personally and academically, and could improve your career prospects.

Find out more about Study Abroad.

For more information

Contact: Emily McLean-Inglis
Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2541


QMUL Summer School- The International Politics of Global Health from 25th June to 13th July 2018. 

Think you'd like to know more about Global Health but can't commit to a three year degree? For the first time this year QMUL is running a Summer School  and the Global Health team is offering a module called The International Politics of Global Health from 25th June to 13th July 2018.  The brilliant Professor David McCoy will lead on the teaching, with support from Dr Jonathan Kennedy and Dr Andrew Harmer!

Dr Andrew Harmer has recently published some new entries to his hilarious and insightful contemporary global health issues blog and Dr Jon Kennedy has been featuring in the media after publishing an influential article about the cholera epidemic in Yemen


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. Global World

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model. For further information on this initiative please contact Dr Andrew Harmer on

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. Choose two elective module offered by the School of Geography
  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.

Compulsory modules in year 3

  1. Health systems, policy and practice
  2. Contemporary issues in health and society in the global context
  3. Climate change and global health policy
  4. Placement module*
  5. Dissertation

Electives modules (choose two from the following list in semester two)

  1. Health systems theory, policy and political economy
  2. Gender, sexuality and health
  3. Migration, culture and health
  4. Globalisation and contemporary medical ethics
  5. Global health governance and law
  6. Ecological global health
  7. Geographies of democracy - delivered by the School of Geography
  8. Geographies of nature - delivered by the School of Geography
  9. Gender and development - delivered by the School of Geography
  10. Geography, technology and society - delivered by the School of Geography
  11. Geopolitics post-9/11: War, Security, Economy delivered by the School of Geography

Study abroad option

If you take the Study Abroad option, you will spend Year 3 abroad then come back to London for Year 4.


*Placement module

This module is a compulsory module for the 3rd year BSc in Global Health. It is designed to develop students' work-related knowledge, skills, and capabilities, setting them up to pursue further work opportunities in and around Global Health when they graduate. You will be given an opportunity to put into practice, in a professional environment, the skills and knowledge gained during the first two years of your degree. You will undertake a two-week placement alongside a seminar series delivered by the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health. Placements have been undertaken at the following organisations: 

Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group

London Borough of Hackney

Health and Wellness Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust

Social Action for Health

UK Health Forum


Chatham House


Health Poverty Action


Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades AAB - ABB at A-Level. A-Levels in Humanities, Social Sciences and Science subjects are all considered for entry. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 34 - 32 points overall, including 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade B or 5.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team ( before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team ( is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

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. Climate change and health
  3. Global health governance and law.

Leading academics

Professor David McCoy
Programme Director

Dave McCoy

Professor David McCoy is a senior clinical lecturer at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University.

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. Read some articles by David here. A recent BMJ article which David contributed to can be read here.

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. Click here for a recent publication by Megan.

Dr Andrew Harmer
Joint BSc Programme Coordinator

Module co-lead, The International Politics of Global Health; room G.06

Andrew is a lecturer in Global Health Policy in the Global Health and Innovation Unit, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health. Andrew co-coordinates the BSc Global Health, with specific responsibility for Yr 3 students. Andrew has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Southampton, and has taught at the University of Edinburgh, Bocconi University (Milan), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has led and coordinated a number of consultancy projects for leading development organisations on subjects including maternal and child health, health systems strengthening, and global health partnerships. Andrew regularly updates his brilliant and insightful blog about global health issues:

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. Valentina has published with one of our current Global Health students Zak Gassasse- see that article here.

Dr Jonathan Kennedy

Module lead, Basic issues in Politics and Global Health

Dr. Kennedy is a Lecturer in Global Public Health. He teaches undergraduate and masters courses on the political and economic determinants of health. He has a PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge (2013). Prior joining QMUL, he taught international development at the School of Public Policy. His research has three substantive strands. His PhD research concentrated on violent conflict between the state and marginal communities in India. During his graduate studies he developed a parallel interest in the political, social and economic determinants of public health, again with a focus on India. In recent years his research has combined these two interests, concentrating on how violent political conflict affects public health. He has expanded the geographical focus of his research to encompass South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He utilizes a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods – including in-depth interviews, comparative historical methods and statistical analysis. Dr Kennedy recently featured in the media as a result of his article about cholera in war torn Yemen.

Dr Adrienne Milner

Module lead, Social Determinants of Health

Dr Adrienne Milner is a lecturer in Global Public Health. She joined us from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr Milner’s research addresses issues of equity in terms of race and ethnicity and sex and gender in sports and political contexts. Specifically, she examines disparities in access to sport participation and analyses the costs and benefits of participation for individuals with complex and diverse identities. Her other work focuses on racial and sexual attitudes, policy preferences, and inequality in the Obama era. Read a recent publication by Adrienne here.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £17,400

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 Wales, Scotland 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

I have recently completed my internship and very luckily, now work permanently at A&R Edelman, a global health policy and market access consultancy which is a branch of the Edelman organisation.

One of my colleagues, Senior Advisor of A&R Edelman, Nick Fahy, along with Professor M. McKee of LSHTM and others, recently published a really interesting article on the potential effects of Brexit on health and health services in the UK, specifically focusing on patients, workforce and industry. The article examines the impact on workforce, finances, governance, licensing etc, by using three possible Brexit outcomes. Particularly notable is the discussion on licensing, the cost increase and access delays, as the UK would need its own regulatory system. Additionally, noticing that the European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided over €3·5 billion in low cost capital to the NHS since 2001, without this funding the cost pressure on the NHS is very much likely to increase.


This article stood out as one I personally felt would be a great, pertinent resource to disseminate to students; especially for those possibly looking for different dissertation ideas in 3rd year, on the politics modules across all years of the BSc degree and/or even the MSc, and the Medicines and Pharmaceuticals modules – or anywhere else relevant really!

Current students!

See current students Twitter profiles for a flavour of studying Global Health at QM: and