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MSc Global Health (Part-time)

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

This programme will empower you to confidently meet the clinical and logistical challenges of working in complex and unpredictable situations; overseas, in low resource settings, on expedition or within your UK practice. Gain the advanced knowledge, skills and leadership qualities to deliver quality care, interact with healthcare professionals in multicultural or resource constrained settings and ensure the best possible health outcomes for your unique patient population, whatever your location.

The programme has two pathways to allow you to tailor your learning to your own specific needs. There is a leadership pathway to allow you to gain advanced knowledge and practice to become a global healthcare leader of the future. An alternate is to take the remote and rural pathway specifically gaining skills for practising as a wilderness medic in some of the worlds most isolated locations.

Key features

- Rise to the challenge on this master’s programme to become a health professional ready to meet the unique challenges of providing care in complex and challenging global and/ or remote environments.  A full-time route is also available, or it is possible to exit with either a postgraduate certificate, or diploma dependent on the number of credits gained.
- Choose from a choice of pathways; Leadership, with a vision of becoming a global health leader of the future, or Remote and Rural, gaining skills to lead and provide medical cover to expeditions in the arctic, jungle, desert or mountainous terrains.
- Experience teaching from faculty staff and visiting experts that have an active role in shaping healthcare systems locally and globally.
- Links with the masters in healthcare management, leadership and innovation for cross-programme learning from a broader sphere of faculty specialists.
- Equip yourself with the advanced skills necessary to critically analyse and combine a range of information to make safe and effective decisions in unpredictable situations, demonstrate leadership qualities and contribute to improvement science in your unique practice setting.
- Benefit from a blended learning environment with delivery ranging between lectures, seminars, practical scenario-based training in the field, and supported distance learning. Our academic team are available via a means of telecommunication methods for ongoing support during your studies.
- Take advantage of a collaborative educational partnership between local NHS services, higher education, clinical services and experts such as members of the University of Plymouth Global Health Collaborative.
- Enhance your learning with our established links to the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit, Diving Diseases Research Centre, THET Health Links Partnerships.
- An opportunity for intercalating students to enrol on the full-time route from medical and dental undergraduate courses throughout the UK, provided that they have sufficient credits to continue with a masters (Level 7) qualification. Intercalating students will study alongside postgraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and will benefit from this vibrant educational environment.
- WMT alumni have the opportunity to gain credit for prior learning. Please contact the programme lead for further information.


This module will unpick the phrase Global Health and the key issues and philosophies within it. It will consider the scholarship of an emerging field through time and look to the future requirements for global health leadership.

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Entry requirements

This programme is most applicable for medical, dental, nursing or allied health professionals or intercalating medical students between years 4 and 5 of their undergraduate course. Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. Entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate’s ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more