Decisions made at the global or international level, including those related to trade, aid, conflict and climate change, can have a profound impact on health at the national and local levels.

For example, when the International Monetary Fund, US government and Harvard-trained economists such as Jeffrey Sachs, encouraged former Soviet Union states to undertake a rapid transition to capitalism in the early-1990s, the subsequent economic “Shock Therapy” caused mass unemployment and seven million people died prematurely from so-called diseases of despair related to increased alcohol consumption.

Another example is the ten to twelve million people with HIV/AIDS who died unnecessarily because patent-holding pharmaceutical companies, with the support of US and European governments, used international law to obstruct the sale of low cost generic antiretroviral drugs to poor people in sub-Saharan Africa.

The MSc in Global Health Law and Governance encourages students to critically analyse the manner in which global and international institutions, instruments, and policies influence public health. Students will examine the role of the World Health Organization, and other key global health actors. This includes: international organizations including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization; philanthropic actors such as the Gates Foundation; private companies including Big Pharma and Big Tobacco; and global health partnerships such as GAVI and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year Full time 2 years Part time

Module Details:


Core modules

  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Evidence, Policy and Global Health
  • Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Systems, Policy and Practice
  • Dissertation

Specialist modules

  • Global Health Governance and Law
  • Human Rights and Public Health

Optional modules

  • Governance of Migration, Displacement and Healthcare
  • Gender, Sexuality and Health
  • Anthropology and Global Health
  • Health Systems Theory, Policy and Political Economy
  • Ecological Global Health
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Medical Ethics
  • Understanding and Managing Human Resources for Global Health
  • Researching Global Health and Biomedicine- Geneva Field Class
  • Economics of Development
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Services

Our core modules are studied in the first semester only, from the third week of September to mid December.

Optional and specialist modules are studied in the second semester only, from the second week of January to the end of March.

Programme Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.


Home and EU students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time £8,700 Part time £4,400 International students 2018/19 Academic Year Full time £15,550 Part time £7,800

Entry Requirements

You will normally need at least a 2.1 honours degree or GPA 3.2/4.0 or GPA 3.4/5.0 or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, the health sciences, nursing or the social sciences. We also welcome applications from those who have studied a less directly related subject at undergraduate level, but who can demonstrate interest and motivation in this area.

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