Global Health Policy, MSc/PGDip/PGCert

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters by Distance Learning.

These courses are aimed at students and professionals from both health and non-health backgrounds who seek to understand more about the policy environment associated with issues of global health. It will be of value especially to those who may be seeking to assume positions related to issues of global health policy in national, regional or global health organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental organisations and private consultancies.

Aims & Objectives

The course aims to develop:

  • a solid grounding in various theories and practices concerned with global health policy
  • an understanding of the emerging institutional structures and governance mechanisms to address global health issues
  • a good appreciation of relevant health policy research methods, such as comparative analysis and cross country learning
  • an ability to apply these analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges posed by global health issues.


The support you will receive will include:

  • a web-based virtual learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to pose questions and engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)
  • written, personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments

You can also communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or by setting up your own learning support groups.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Project Management and Research Coordination
  • Regulatory Affairs, Good Clinical Practice and Ethics
  • Data Management
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Global Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Health Systems
  • Global Mental Health
  • Public Health Law in a Global Context
  • Project Module
  • Nutrition and Infection
  • Immunology of Infection and Vaccines
  • Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Analytical Models for Decision Making
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Health Care Evaluation
  • Medical Anthropology in Public Health
  • Principles and Practice of Health Promotion
  • Conflict and Health
  • History and Health
  • Applied Communicable Diseases Control

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please note that there will be a late application fee for MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate applications received on or after 1 June
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      2-5 years

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits

    Credits will be awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and (MSc only) the integrating module (30 credits) successfully completed. To successfully pass an award the following credits must be gained:

    • Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits
    • Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits
    • MSc – 180 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended, Online
    • Attendance
      Regular optional meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go to the programme website
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A first or second class honours degree or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in:

  • a scientific subject (e.g. biology, medicine, nursing or pharmacy); or
  • a social science subject such as: anthropology, demography, development studies, economics, environmental studies, human rights, geography, international politics, international relations, sociology, policy studies, politics, political science, or water and sanitation

Qualifications from around the world are accepted. Students who do not satisfy the entrance requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for London

684 - 830 GBP/month
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