Global Health

Entry Year: 2020

2 study options

Global Health BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
4U47
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. A-Levels in Humanities, Social Sciences and Science subjects are all considered for entry. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

Global Health with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
4U4Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. A-Levels in Humanities, Social Sciences and Science subjects are all considered for entry. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250*
International fees
£18,250*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

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Overview

Gain the knowledge to tackle 21st century health challenges with this unique multidisciplinary degree.

Our Global Health BSc is designed to give graduates a deep understanding of public health across disciplines. From pandemic diseases like ebola or HIV to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria and access to medicines in poor countries, global health issues are complex and multifaceted.

In your first year you'll develop your analytical and research skills and gain a solid grounding in a range of disciplines, including medicine, anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, law, philosophy, politics, sociology and statistics.

You'll then apply this knowledge to particular health issues, such as maternal and child health, climate change related illnesses, communicable and non-communicable diseases. Option modules give you the freedom to follow your own interests as you progress in your degree.

In the final year you’ll work on an extended self-directed research project and undertake a two-week placement. Previous students have been placed with local councils, health journals, non-government organisations and think tanks.

Global Health Taster Afternoon

Wednesday 6 November 2019, 1pm - 4pm

Find out about public health issues and studying global health at Queen Mary.

BSc Global Health taster afternoon

Structure

You can complete your Global Health degree in three or four years. If you choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

  • Theories for Global health and Social Medicine part 1
  • Introduction to Global Health part 1
  • Foundations of Research and Critical Thinking part 1
  • Introduction to Public Health and Social Medicine in Practice part 1
  • Theories for Global health and Social Medicine part 2
  • Introduction to Global Health part 2
  • Foundations of Research and Critical Thinking part 2
  • Introduction to Public Health and Social Medicine in Practice part 2

These modules are subject to approval for 2020 entry

 

 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Year 2: Semester 1

  • Epidemiology and Statistics for Global Health part 1
  • Research Methods for Global Health part 1
  • Principles of Public Health Medicine part 1
  • Health Economics part 1
  • Epidemiology and Statistics for Global Health part 2
  • Research Methods for Global Health part 2
  • Principles of Public Health Medicine part 2
  • Health Economics title part 2

These modules are subject to approval for 2020 entry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Health systems, policy and practice
  • Climate change and global health policy
  • Dissertation
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Dissertation
  • Elective module
  • Elective module
  • Choose from EITHER the work placement OR Public Health in Practice

Elective modules:

  • Health systems theory and political economy
  • Gender, sexuality and health
  • Governance of Migration, Displacement and Healthcare
  • Globalisation and contemporary medical ethics
  • Global Health Governance and Law

These modules are subject to approval for 2020 entry

*Placement module

The two-week placement is your opportunity to put into practice, in a work environment, the skills and knowledge gained during the first two years of your degree. You’ll develop your professional skills, which will be valuable when you seek employment as a graduate.

Students have been placed with organisations including:

  • BMJ
  • Chatham House
  • Health Poverty Action
  • Health and Wellness Centre, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • Social Action for Health

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Global Health BSc with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are. 

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Testimonial

I really loved that the lecturers are all leading academics in their fields and were actively engaged in making a change. I found that this enabled me to ask more questions and learn more, but most importantly, this inspired me to become a more engaged citizen of the world and a critical thinker.  Having wanted to study medicine since I was at school, I am off to study graduate entry medicine at the University of Warwick. I strongly believe that my degree in Global Health will help me to become a better doctor: one that understands that health is more than a medical matter. 

Teaching

Teaching and learning

Much of our teaching takes place in seminars, so you'll develop your debating skills and learn through group discussion and exploration. You'll also attend lectures and practical workshops.

You’ll spend around 12 hours per week in lectures and seminars. For each hour of teaching time you’ll need to spend several more in independent study – including preparing for lectures and seminars, doing reading and research and preparing for assessments and examinations.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by coursework, presentations and written exams. You'll work on an extended self-directed research project in your third year.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Blizard Building, which houses state-of-the-art facilities for students and staff, including open-plan research laboratories, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a café
  • extensive library facilities – the Queen Mary library at Mile End, large medical archives at the Royal London and Barts hospitals, and access to the University of London library at Senate House.

Entry requirements

Global Health - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades 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 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting 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.

Global Health with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

A-LevelGrades 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 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
BTECBTEC qualifications are not considered for entry to this programme.
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting 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.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

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.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

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:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Our students graduate with the skills to critique government papers and academic arguments, interpret and create statistical analyses, engage in public debate, and develop policies.

This degree is excellent preparation for roles in the Civil Service and non-governmental organisations, and for further study towards a career in research or academia. You may also choose to study medicine.

Career support

The Centre for Primary Care and Public Health will support you in finding a two-week placement with a public health employer during your third year of study, giving you valuable practical experience.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

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.

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