Global Health and Social Justice

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our Global Health & Social Justice course is a unique study pathway that combines anthropology, philosophy, sociology and science technology studies. Covering topics such as inequalities in preventable mortality, disability, climate change, reproductive rights, pandemic preparedness and access to health care across countries, it will help you to develop advanced skills in the critical analysis and possible solutions for global health inequalities.

Key benefits:

  • You will learn to think critically and independently about fundamental issues in Global Health & Social Justice and the interaction between them.
  • Opportunities to study central issues in global health including health measurements, global institutions and governance, social determinants of health, global health ethics, philanthrocapitalism, evidence-based medicine, and health economics.
  • Internationally recognised faculty from across disciplines, including global public health, sociology, anthropology, geography, gerontology, philosophy and political science.
  • Interdepartmental study course offers a diverse and exciting range of research options.

Who should take this course

The MSc in Global Health & Social Justice is ideal for anyone wishing to develop a rigorous understanding of the dynamic field of global health; it is suitable for health professionals, policy makers, philanthropists, those who work in governmental and non-governmental organizations, and potential PhD students and academics.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 180 credits.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. You may opt to take an additional Internship module which will increase your total credit to 200 for the degree.

Required Modules:

  • Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course normally take modules totalling 180-200 credits.

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Dissertation in Global Health and Social Justice (60 credits)
  • Critical Global Health (30 credits)
  • Foundations in Global Health & Social Medicine (30 credits)
  • Global Health Ethics (15 credits)
  • You are also required to take one of the following methods modules:
  • Designing Quantitative Research (15 credits)
  • Designing Qualitative Research (15 credits)
  • Critical Policy Research (15 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Ethics of Clinical Research (15 credits)
  • Pharmaceuticals and Society (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Data Manipulation and Management (15 credits)
  • Researching Vulnerable Populations (15 credits)
  • Internship (20 credits)
  • Any level 7 module offered by King's, subject to approvals

Part-time students will be expected to take Critical Global Health, Global Health Ethics and one research methods module in year 1, with the remaining required and optional modules taken in year 2. Part time students attend the dissertation workshops and submit a dissertation proposal in Year 1 with the dissertation being submitted at the end of Year 2

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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