M.Sc. Global Health

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 10 July
Tuition fee:
  • € 8,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 17,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This innovative and successful programme, run by the Centre for Global Health, aims to provide graduates with a greater appreciation of the global interconnectedness of health problems and to equip them with a range of analytical and methodological skills to address the challenges of global health. Designed for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions, the programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach that integrates health and social science perspectives to analyse, design, implement and evaluate health programmes within a global context.

Global health is an attempt to address health problems and issues that transcend national boundaries, and are informed by the circumstances and experiences of countries in differing contexts. The underlying assumption is that the world´s health problems are shared and are best tackled by cooperative action and the sharing of innovative solutions.

The MSc in Global Health augments traditional approaches to public and international health by bringing together perspectives and insights from a range of health and social sciences in understanding and resolving the challenges of global health. These problems may arise, for example, in relief and development programmes in developing countries; in conflict and post-conflict situations; with refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants; with tourists and business travellers. All countries give rise to inequities in health, wealth, education and human rights, and the interconnectedness of these issues will be a major theme running throughout the course.

The course also lays emphasis on `local' experiences that resonates globally in the case of Ireland. These include the influence of poverty and rapid social change on health and identity in Ireland; migration and refugee welfare, the consequences of ethnic conflict, the peace process and the challenges of reconciliation for creating inclusive health services. The strongest emphasis within the course is on health in developing countries and the impact of globalisation.


The programme adopts the following methods to facilitate teaching and learning among participants:

* Teaching based on evidence from current research
* A learning methodology that stresses active participation of students and acknowledgement and utilization of the varied experience that each participant brings to the course
* Team based learning and teaching that reflects the reality in which people work in the global health arena
* An assessment strategy that allows students to direct both individual assignments and dissertations to their own career interests and professional development
* An assessment strategy which encourages students to develop critical appraisal, analytical and methodological capabilities to address the challenges of global health
* A range of strategies that encourages self directed learning and individual ownership and utilization of learning opportunities.
Based on the above, the teaching and learning methods include formal lectures, interactive lectures and discussions, seminars and presentations, tutorials, and self-directed study.
The MSc in Global Health is a one-year, full-time programme, with an option to study part-time over two years. Students must complete the equivalent of 90 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits to graduate: 60 ECTS credits for the taught component and 30 ECTS credits for the dissertation. The academic year is divided into three terms: Michaelmas (Term 1), Hilary (Term 2) and Trinity (Term 3). The first two terms form the taught component of the course, and the last term is to finalise the research dissertation requirement.

Term 1: Michaelmas (September - December)

September - December Lectures for Term 1 commence at the end of September and students are required to complete 6 core compulsory modules. These core modules are designed to increase understanding of health determinants, health system organisation, health policy and financing, and various research methodologies and skills useful in the field of global health. All core modules are assessed through continuous assessment.

Compulsory Modules:

* Determinants of Health
* Health Economics and Financing
* Health Policy and Systems
* Principles of Social Research
* Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
* Epidemiology

Lectures run every week from Monday through Wednesday. Students are also required to participate in the Global Health Seminar series as part of the curriculum. Thursday and Friday will be for personal study, where the schedule on these days will be left to the discretion of the student. Epidemiology is scheduled as a one-week intensive module during the last week of Term 1.

Term 2: Hilary (January - April)

January - April In Term 2, students are required to complete two compulsory modules and 4 optional modules, which may reflect the diversity of their academic, research and career interests. Term 2 is organised in a modular structure, with ten one-week teaching blocks. Each optional module is a one-week intensive course, with lectures scheduled Monday to Friday. The additional weeks where students are not registered for modules are intended for personal study and preparation for the individual research project in Term 3.

Compulsory Modules:

* Key Skills in Global Health 1: Project Planning and Management
* Key Skills in Global Health 2: Professional Development

Optional Modules: The following is the list of optional modules available during the 2009-2010 academic year (this list is subject to change and will be finalised during Term 1):

* Climate Change and Health
* Environmental Health
* Gender and Reproductive Health
* Human Resources and Health
* Human Rights and Global Health
* Inclusive Global Health
* Migration, Population Movement and Global Health
* Nutrition and Global Health
* Social Epidemiology

Term 3: Trinity (April - September)

April - September In Term 3, students are expected to undertake and complete a programme of research leading to the writing and submission of a dissertation. The dissertation may be written following research and/or field placement with partner organizations or research institutions, government departments, international agencies, and civil society organizations in Ireland or elsewhere. Students who decide to complete their research projects overseas will need additional funds of up to EUR1,500 to cover the costs involved.

Individual schedules for Term 3 will depend on arrangements previously agreed by students and research supervisors for field placement or research. Assessment of the research project will be by submission of a dissertation of a maximum of 15,000 words, which is to be submitted by September of the year of registration.

Compulsory Module:

* Global Health Research Project

The taught component consists of compulsory modules designed to increase understanding of health determinants, health system organisation, health policy and financing, and various research methodologies and skills useful in the field of global health. In addition, students must take optional modules, which may reflect the diversity of their academic, research and career interests. Upon completion of the modules, students will undertake and complete a programme of research leading to the writing and submission of a dissertation. The dissertation may be written following research and/or internship placement with government departments, international agencies and civil society organisations in Ireland or elsewhere.

The part-time programme will be scheduled over two academic years, following the schedule of the full-time programme. To obtain the MSc in Global Health degree, part-time students must complete the same academic requirements as students in the full-time programme.


This programme is intended for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions who wish to develop an understanding of health issues that integrate health and social science perspectives in a global context.

In addition to the general entry requirements for postgraduate study in Trinity College, applicants should be graduates of a health or social science discipline and/or have relevant equivalent experience. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated interest and/or experience in global health or health issues in developing countries.
Applicants will need to hold:

* at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
* a fluent command of the English language

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

* IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230 computer-based, 570 paper-based, 88 internet-based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 88


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