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Are you seeking postgraduate training that focuses on your employability, equips you with knowledge and skills to address complex and multidimensional global health issues, and enables you to make professional contributions towards positive health and social change?

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January

On our MSc Global Health and Management programme, you will gain knowledge and understanding of established and emerging concepts, issues, theories and practices in global health and management studies. You will develop appreciation of how these intersect with broader social, economic and political factors, and develop skills to critically engage with these debates. The aim is to develop multidimensional views for more complete impacts in the field.

You will learn about health and social research methods, global health and global citizenship, health systems and policy, and management studies. You will have opportunities to work in professional environments in the health and development sector in the UK and overseas, applying taught content in real world settings and conducting projects of practical significance. With supervision from world-class research academics, students also develop deepened knowledge into current research and methodological development in selected area(s) in a research environment.

This programme is available to start in September or January.

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses
Applied Statistics (PU5017)

15 Credit Points

This course intends to develop the student's awareness of the fact that statistical techniques are integral to scientific research. Researchers must be able to specify a precise research question in statistical terms and then select an appropriate study design in order to carry out an effective research project. They must also be able to assess the adequacy of the research presented in scientific or medical literature. The same skills are also required for many MSc dissertation projects.

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Epidemiology (PU5030)

15 Credit Points

This course in applied epidemiology gives an introduction to disease measurement at a population level, basic epidemiological study design and analysis, and provides an understanding of key methodological issues needed to apply when designing – or critically appraising – an epidemiological study.

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Study Skills for Life (GS50M2)

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the transferable skills required to both complete their degree programme and progress in their future career. The course provides guides and workshops on a variety of skills, including literature appraisal, academic integrity, writing, presentations, note taking and time management. It provides online resources for developing IT and numeracy skills, and acts as a resource for advertising development opportunities both within and outside the university.

The course strongly relies on self-reflection and identification of opportunities by the students to use the support sessions and online resources available. Although completion of the course itself is compulsory the majority of the course sessions offered are optional, and support is given to the students to help them identify what they most need to work on. Completion of the course is achieved through formative assignments.

This course is the first of two courses relating to cross-discipline skills development that is compulsory for all taught postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

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Introduction to Global Health (PU5033)

The course introduces students to the field of global health and develops skills to critically appraise organisations, actors, debates and data. Teaching material will cover: key definitions and terminology; institutions, practitioners and scholars in global health; and key drivers and challenges in the global health field. Students will learn about established and emerging topics, how these intersect with broader social, economic and political factors, and how research can make credible contributions in this context.

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Optional Courses
Health Behaviour and Behaviour Change (PU5022)

15 Credit Points

Unhealthy and risky behaviours – such as a poor diet, sedentary behaviour, not attending screening programmes, or not taking medication as prescribed – are leading causes of suboptimal health and premature death, health care expenditure, and sickness absence. Health Psychology examines what drives these behaviours and how they can be changed. This course aims to provide students with the core knowledge and skills for developing and implementing effective interventions to promote healthier behaviours.

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Fundamentals of Research Design (PU5027)

15 Credit Points

This course is an introduction to the skills and information needed to appraise and undertake health-related research. This course provides a foundation for further learning in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Within this course you will develop the skills necessary for the planning, conducting and dissemination stages of health-related research. Topics covered include: - Developing a Research Question, Research Design; Methods of Data Collection; Approaches to Analysing Data; Dissemination of Research findings and Writing a Research Proposal.

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Evidence - Based Health (PU5031)

15 Credit Points

This course is taken by students registered for the PGCert in Research Methods for Health and the MPH. It is delivered online and provides interaction with fellow students and faculty both synchronously and asynchronously. Everyone taking part must be registered for the course and complete all assessments. This course aims to enable the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level, focusing on the use of systematic reviews to synthesise evidence as well as methods to translate and implement evidence to inform health practice and policy.

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Health Economics (PU5032)

15 Credit Points

Resources available for the provision and payment for health care are limited. However, knowledge of economics helps ensure that available resources are used in the most effective way possible. Economics allows more informed decision making about a variety of issues: choosing between alternative treatments; setting priorities between patients; choosing between alternative new technologies; organising the provision of health care.

In this course students will acquire a knowledge and understanding of:

  • key themes of economic theory as applied to health care
  • some of the main techniques of health care evaluation
  • main arguments concerning alternative systems for organising and financing health care
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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses
Global Health (PU5505)

15 Credit Points

This course builds on the learning from the Introduction to Global health course in the first half session. It focusses on the issues that affect the health of all nations of the world, the problems that unite developing and developed countries – the shared risks and vulnerabilities. This is not merely the study of emerging diseases and epidemic threats such as HIV, Ebola and Zika but also the dual burden of over and under nutrition, communicable and non-communicable diseases, the impact of war, conflict and climate change on the health of individuals, nations and world populations.

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Health Systems and Policy Research (BU5594)

15 Credit Points

The course aims to instill knowledge but, much more importantly, stimulate students’ thinking about the major challenges within different health systems and the options for the health services management. Furthermore, it aims to take a genuinely international perspective on health care, providing knowledge of different health care systems and encouraging comparison and critique. It covers a wide variety of topics including an overview of the health systems around the world, the effects of social inequalities on health inequalities and their repercussions for social policy and issues of public health policy towards tobacco, alcohol and obesity.

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Beyond Your Degree (GS55M2)

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to progress in their degree programme and beyond into their chosen career. It focuses on the job application process, the support available from the university both during and after their degree, and the skills that apply to undertaking projects. Sessions include an introduction to the careers service, CV, cover letter and interview skills, workplace professionalism and managing projects. Online resources are provided to support transferable skill development.

The course strongly relies on self-assessment and identification of opportunities by the students to use the support sessions and online resources available. Although completion of the course is compulsory, most of the course sessions offered are optional, and completion of the course is achieved through formative assignments.

This course is the second of two courses relating to generic skills that are compulsory for all taught postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.

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Optional Courses
Managing Human Resources (BU5577)

15 Credit Points

Managing human resources is important for survival and prosperity of organizations and economies, and has implications for individual attitudes and well-being. Managers are expected to contribute to the delivery of the human resource strategy, supported by expert advice and guidance. This module explores the key concepts underpinning the management of human resources and their practical application in organisations today. Focus on four important themes:

· Recruitment and selection

· Equality and diversity

· Flexible employment and work-life balance

· Talent management

You will be encouraged to share your views and experiences through class discussion and debate.

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Internationalisation (BU5579)

15 Credit Points

International Business is a wide-ranging subject that includes economic, political, cultural and technological facets. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the complexities of international business management by examining how the global environment and our understanding of these affect management within an international context.

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Work - Based Placement with Health and Development Sector Organisation (PU5521)

15 Credit Points

This Work Based Placement elective offers a professional placement with one of the following: public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisations or government agencies. Students undertake a 10-week placement with a host organisation, either within the organisation, remotely from Aberdeen, or using a combination of both.

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Values and Ethics in Public Health (PU5528)

15 Credit Points

This course challenges you to engage robustly with questions about what is good and right (and why) in public health policy and practice. You will develop your ability to critique and participate effectively in debates about what matters – and what is morally justified - in efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of communities and populations. You will develop the knowledge and confidence to identify value-based assumptions as you examine a range of real-world health problems and practice justifying and objecting to different strategies for addressing them

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Systematic Reviewing (PU5526)

15 Credit Points

This course will equip students with the relevant skills to interpret and conduct systematic reviews on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.

Students will learn to formulate a clear research question and understand the principles and main steps for undertaking systematic reviews. In particular, they will learn how:

i) to develop an adequate search strategy;

ii) to critically appraise primary studies;

iii) to extract data from primary studies;

iv) to identify the main sources of heterogeneity among primary studies;

v) to analyse findings from primary studies;

vi) to interpret results;

vii) to assess the quality of existing systematic reviews.

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Qualitative Health Research (PU5529)

15 Credit Points

This course provides a sound introduction to qualitative health research. You will consider the relevance and value of qualitative methodologies which respond to current health agendas. The course introduces planning to conduct relevant research and a range of methods to generate, handle and analyse qualitative data. You will gain insight into issues of rigour, quality and ethics, and understand the importance of engaging with relevant audiences. The course is delivered by a range of experienced contributors, and you will gain insight into the practicalities of undertaking qualitative research via practical workshops and stimulating lecture sessions.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses
Global Health Research Project (PU5906)

60 Credit Points

This course provides students with the opportunity to undertake a piece of research or other scholarly investigation in Global Health and Management or a related field in the applied health sciences. Students will build on what they have learned so far in their programme and further develop their skills. Students apply to carry out projects offered by academics within the University or a partner organisation, are appointed to one of their three preferred options and will receive supervision to take their project to completion. The aim is to produce work suitable for subsequent publication to enhance career prospects.

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We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

The overall curriculum is designed with an integrated approach to teaching and learning in mind. Students participate in formal lectures, small group work, seminars, student presentations, and discussion groups. Throughout, the programme also provides training in mobile and digital technologies and social media. External experts are also regularly invited to provide specialist expertise. Many lectures are recorded and can be viewed again when required.

The MSc makes the most of hands-on learning to enable repeated exposure to evidence-based practice using real life examples. Some of the teaching methods employed in the programme include:

  • Inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary learning
  • Exposure to leading academic and field experts
  • Research-led teaching taught by key opinion leaders
  • Insight into real-life situations and examples
  • Real-life learning in professional environments

The University’s dedicated, interdisciplinary team of experienced researchers tutor you and provide on-going support. Peer support will develop throughout the course(s) as engagement with students from other countries and disciplines is actively encouraged.

Much of the teaching on this course is participatory and students are expected to consolidate all taught content by completing related tasks and activities and engaging in independent study in their own time.

Learning Methods

  • Field Trips
  • Field Work
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Each course has its own continuous assessment criteria based on the progress of practical and course work as well as a written degree examination. Progression to a research project is dependent on performance in the individual courses. The MSc project is assessed with the submission of a thesis and viva examination.

Why Study Global Health and Management?

  • We are recognized internationally for global health research within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and for management studies at the Business School. Our range of expertise means that you get training that is broad, multi-disciplinary and current.
  • You will receive teaching and supervision from world-class research-active academics, enabling you to develop specialised interdisciplinary skills and knowledge relevant to career goals.
  • World-leading researchers and qualified clinicians will teach you on-site and you will experience studying within the one of the top 10 medical schools in the UK.
  • Our programme is rich in hands-on practical sessions, where you work directly with senior academics, practitioners, communities, patients and fellow students to analyse data, and develop both technical and generic skills essential for a career in global health and management.
  • Teaching on the programme is integrated with our other programmes, meaning that you benefit from structured training in transferable skills and have access to a range of elective courses.
  • Our links and research networks are extensive. Internationally and in the UK, you will benefit from having access to leaders in global health research and management studies, which will provide you with insights into the field and employment market. There will also be opportunities to build a network of contacts.
  • We strongly believe in inter-disciplinary learning, which is reflected in our collaborations with other universities, research institutions, governments and non-governmental organisations globally.
  • In 2014 in a national assessment, the University of Aberdeen came 1st in Scotland for ‘impact’ in: Public health, Health Service Research and Primary Care and Business and management
  • The Foresterhill Health Campus at the University is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes a Medical School, large teaching hospital, maternity and children's hospitals, and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health
  • Our Business School has an international faculty consisting of over 40 research active members with world leading academic credentials and strong professional links with the business community.
  • The University of Aberdeen is a World Top 170 University (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)
  • The University of Aberdeen is a Top 30 UK University, Complete University Guide 2020

What Our Students Say

Christiana Ekezie

Christiana Ekezie

Christiana Ekezie

You all contributed to our success story. It's been an amazing year for me and I am so glad I came here.

Gillian Noble

Gillian Noble

Gillian Noble

The MSc helped to develop my academic skills in terms of understanding and conducting research which will be vital in my career as a GP in terms of practicing evidence-based medicine.

Entry Requirements

A second (2:2) class Honours degree or equivalent, usually in a health-related honours undergraduate degree (medicine, midwifery, nursing, public health, pharmacy). We also consider applications from students with a pure science, social or management science first degree and who have a keen interest in health.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

In recent years we have had students from backgrounds including medicine, midwifery, nursing, public health, health/medical research, pharmacy, public administration, management.

Please check the In My Country pages to find out if your degree is equivalent.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £9,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year
International Students £21,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.


Students are provided with opportunities to develop portfolios of work during the programme that relate to interests, strengths, previous training and experience, and career aspirations. The underlying assumption is that finding personal strengths and areas of interest is the key to unlocking a rewarding career.

As part of the programme, we offer an elective Work-Based Placement (WBP) course, in which students work with external health and development organisations in the UK and overseas. Students have been placed in research, advocacy and clinical organisations in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, the UK and Zimbabwe. Placement students gain a unique experience, professional connections, transferable skills and a stand-out CV. A short film on placements produced by recent graduates can be viewed here.

Graduates of the MSc Global Health and Management programme establish careers in a range of health and development organisations and institutions, these include:

  • In governance in local/national/regional health policy and planning and administration;
  • In monitoring and evaluation/technical assistance and consultancy roles;
  • In advisory and advocacy roles with donor agencies, multilateral and bilateral organisations, international and national non-governmental organisations, and civil society groups;
  • In research and academia in social and health sciences including epidemiological and health systems and services research, development studies, sociology and political science.

Industry Links

In the UK we work with Action on Smoking and health (ASH), The International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, and the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. Students take advantage of our collaborators’ facilities for research projects or placements.

International partners include Diva Medical Centre, Uganda; Training and Resource Support Centre, Zimbabwe; Naretu Girls and Women Empowerment Programme, Kenya; MRC/Wits Rural Public Health Unit (Agincourt), South Africa.

Work Placements

Eunice Vere talks about her work based placement and dissertation research project in a clinical setting in Uganda, the challenges and how it helped her gain vital experience for her future career.

What our Alumni Say

Victoria Kincaid

Victoria Kincaid

Victoria Kincaid

Graduated 2018

As a medical student I studied for my MSc as part of my intercalated degree. The highlight of the course has been the work-based placement module. It is one of a kind as it gives students the ability to intern with an organisation as part of the MSc. This module was incredibly rewarding, giving me skills in researching, academic writing and team work while experiencing how an NGO works from the inside. The MSc has opened future doors both for my dissertation and my medical elective.

Our Experts

The programme will be delivered by an experienced, multidisciplinary team of internationally renowned researchers in global health and management.

Other Experts
Dr Lucia D'Ambruoso
Professor Wendy Graham
Dr Nigel Dower
Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya
Professor Ioannis Theodossiou
Dr Miriam Brazzelli
Dr Chris Burton
Dr Alison Elliott
Professor Vikki Entwistle
Dr Shona Fielding
Dr Gordon Prescott
Dr Kathryn Martin
Dr Patricia Norwood
Dr Zoë Skea
Professor Cairns Smith
Dr Pamela Ann Abbott
Mr Russell Williams
Programme Coordinators
Dr Leone Craig
Dr Aravinda Guntupalli

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.


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Foresterhill Health Campus

Foresterhill Health Campus

The Foresterhill Health Campus is one of the largest clinical complexes in Europe which includes the Medical School, large teaching hospital, the Institute of Medical Sciences and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health.

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Library facilities

Library facilities

A dedicated Medical Library on the Foresterhill Health Campus and the fantastic facilities in the Sir Duncan Rice Library at King’s College, are complemented by online access to the key medical and health sciences journals and textbooks.

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Business School

Business School

Our Business School has an international faculty consisting of over 40 research active members with world leading academic credentials and strong professional links with the business community.

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