Understand the bigger picture of global health and the contribution you can make.
Our intercalated BSc in Global Public Health gives students already taking a medical degree the chance to achieve an additional degree in this specialist field in just one year.
Technology and medical science promise improvements to human health. But today’s global health crises and growing inequality remind us that the root causes of good health lie in political, social, legal and economic systems.
We’ll equip you with the knowledge and analytical skills to understand the causes of ill health and consider better policy options. You’ll develop an evidence base from which to advocate on behalf of your patients and communities.
You’ll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field – public health, law, sociology, geography, economics, social policy and clinical medicine – and influential in policy developments in the UK and internationally.
Our teaching emphasises research methods and analytical techniques. Option modules allow you to specialise in areas including gender and sexuality, health systems, and globalisation.
You can start your one-year intercalated Public Global Health BSc after the second, third or fourth years of your MBBS, BDS or BVetMed.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
An intercalated degree will broaden your studies as you gain an additional qualification.
It will also:
I have really enjoyed being able to choose modules in the second term, and the amount of choice within assignments on compulsory modules. Global Public Health is great for anyone who doesn't know what speciality they want to pursue and who wants to broaden their perspective of medicine. Often medicine is taught from a very biomedical perspective and public health issues are neglected.
Our intercalated students study alongside MSc students. Teaching is through lectures and small-group seminars, giving you the opportunity to develop debating and advocacy skills, and to share insights and experiences with students from around the world.
Assessment is varied and depends on the subject, and will include assignments, examinations and individual and group presentations.
The Blizard Building is a state-of-the-art hub for students and staff, with open-plan research laboratories, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a café.
Scientific facilities include:
Intercalated degrees are for undergraduate students currently enrolled in the MBBS or BDS programmes at Barts and the London, or at another medical, dental or veterinary school.
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the MBBS course (1 or 2 years of a graduate entry programme) and passed all years to date.
You must have completed 2, 3 or 4 years of the BDS course and passed all years to date. You must also have completed all continuous assessment and have satisfactory annual progress reviews.
Veterinary students are welcome to apply.
Satisfactory performance in, and completion of, all student-selected components (SSCs).
Students who meet the criteria will be asked to attend an interview.
Where there is competition for places, students will be ranked on their exam results to date and their interview performance.
How to apply
See full information on how to apply for intercalated degrees.
Students from the UK and overseas are welcome to apply for our intercalated degrees.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
Find out more about our intercalated degrees.
UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
Medical and dental students from Barts and The London will be considered for various bursaries based on research interests, financial need or academic merit.
These bursaries are not available to students from other medical schools, or to Barts and The London students who choose to intercalate externally.
We offer 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.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
Your BSc will be an advantage if you later apply for postgraduate training in public health. Your understanding of the wider causes of ill health will be of benefit within all areas of medicine.
The Blizard Institute is the largest institute within Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. We aim to deliver excellence in all aspects of research, teaching and clinical service: our research output is ranked joint first in the UK for hospital based clinical research and first in London for health services research.
We work in partnerships with neighbouring NHS Trusts, healthcare professionals and local communities on research to address the health needs of our local population.
The Global Public Health Unit brings together leading researchers and teachers in public health policy, all of whom share a commitment to reducing health inequalities and promoting universal health care in and beyond the UK.