We live in a world of remarkable health challenges: from emerging infections and non-communicable diseases to weak health systems and uneven access to medicines. In meeting these challenges, it is abundantly clear that improving global health requires a critical understanding of the complex interplay between health, politics and social and spatial inequalities in wealth and power. In this new programme, students explore the contested terrain of global health politics in theory and practice. Combining advanced geographical analysis of pressing global health concerns with jointly-taught modules from experts in the Global Health Unit, at the QMUL Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, this degree equips a new generation of critical scholars to tackle the moral, ethical and political challenges of global health today. MRes version of this course is also available.

This programme:

  • provides you with a detailed understanding of global health debates, agendas, politics and practices in a variety of geographical and historical contexts
  • encourages you to examine pressing global health challenges in light of the significant conceptual, methodological and empirical contributions of critical geographical scholarship
  • involves unique multi-disciplinary teaching from internationally recognised global health experts that permits students to craft a programme of study that furthers their own academic or professional interests.

Study Details:

MA 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time

Module Details:


Core module:

  • Dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits)

Compulsory modules:

  • Critical Global Health Geographies (30 credits)
  • Geographical Thought and Practice (30 credits)
  • Researching Global Health and Biomedicine (30 credits)*

Option modules: 

Students must take one module from option A and one module from option B.

Option A: 

  • Health Inequalities and the Social Determinants of Health (15 credits)
  • Health Systems, Policy and Practice (15 credits)

Option B: 

  • Advanced Social Determinants of Health (15 credits)
  • Anthropology and Global Health (15 credits)
  • Ecological Public Health (15 credits)
  • Gender, Sexuality and Health (15 credits)
  • Global Health, Law and Governance (15 credits)

Programme Funding

Walter Oldershaw Award: eight awards (£3,000 each) are available across all masters degrees offered by the School of Geography

Queen Mary Alumni Loyalty Award: all graduates of QMUL are awarded a £1,000 bursary

Postgraduate Loans Scheme: eligible students are able to borrow loans up to £10,000

Student Destinations

Employability: Students completing this programme will be well-placed to enter governmental, non-governmental organisations, civil society, and academic research roles.


Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree or higher in a relevant subject from a UK university (or an equivalent international qualification), together with two supportive references, at least one of which must be academic. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account. Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet the standard of the IELTS, or equivalent, at a level of 7.0.

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