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International Health MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary


This course is an ideal introduction to international health for students with limited work experience in the sector. It has a strong emphasis on research methods training - an essential grounding if you intend to work in international health policy, systems or programmes, or to study at PhD level.

Make an impact

The International Health MSc equips you with the skills to help achieve international development goals and reduce the burden of diseases borne by people in low and middle-income countries. You’ll develop your understanding of international health issues, systems and programmes and policies. You’ll learn to analyse factors that cause inequalities in health status and resources and access to health information and services.

Course highlights

You’ll benefit significantly from the international learning environment with fellow professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise. As part of studying with us, you will be able to work with, and research, diverse populations, geo-political environments and health systems.

On this course you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations. In the past this has included the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), International Labour Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and GAVI Alliance.

The International Health MSc is designed for those interested in pursuing a research career with a focus on international health policy, systems or programmes as well as for those looking to work within the field.

Our course is run by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

Learning and teaching

Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in resource-limited settings, you’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work, and independent learning. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students less familiar with information technology.

You have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials and recordings of most teaching sessions through our Virtual Learning Environment.

You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals.

Our students benefit from the international learning environment on our International Health and Development programmes, where you learn and discuss with fellow-health professionals from a range of countries and professional backgrounds.


You will be assessed at the end of the each module. The assessment depends on the module but could include essays and group presentations.

You will also be assessed on your ability to produce an original research protocol and an assignment in the style of a journal article for your research project.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme have gone into a range of careers, including working for major international NGOs, working in national-level research organisations, and undertaking further postgraduate research.

The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for over 40 years and so has a large alumni network of health professionals in senior positions around the world.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module interrogates current debates around health, equity and development. It introduces critical perspectives and questions some of the ideologies and assumptions lying behind health policies and development approaches. Through an analysis of key health policy issues, the module explores the complex, messy and political world of health policy making and planning.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a health-related discipline or equivalent qualification. If your degree is in a non-health related discipline but you’re keen to study this programme, you should apply and we will consider your application. Alternatively, a diploma in a health-related discipline together with at least three years’ relevant experience. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.