MSc Global Health Policy
Develop multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the field of global health policy and policymaking. Advance critical analysis and life-long learning skills through a diverse, research-informed programme of study developed by LSHTM experts. Study independently online, in your own time and at your own pace.
A mark of excellence
Benefit from a degree developed by world-leading academic staff at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), an institution at the forefront of global health for over 120 years – from pioneering work on vaccines to making the first link between smoking and lung cancer.
Boost your career prospects
Gain the skills you need to launch or advance your career in global health. You’ll learn to apply principles of economics, politics, environmental and public health to real world global health challenges and policy debates, preparing you for roles in health organisations, health-related research institutions, NGOs and private consultancies.
Study online anywhere in the world
Fit your studies around your existing commitments and pursue an internationally recognised degree without putting your life on hold or relocating. Continue to build your career momentum while gaining the knowledge and skills to unlock future opportunities. Benefit from comprehensive study materials written specifically for the programmes by leading experts.
Unlock a wealth of study resources
Access detailed study materials and activities, essential and recommended readings, past examination papers and more via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Receive personalised assignment feedback, teaching team support and discuss module materials with other students through the online discussion forums.
Join our global network of alumni
After you graduate, you'll continue to enjoy a lifelong link to the University of London and LSHTM, with benefits including global alumni events and free online courses. You'll join a distinguished community of alumni around the world, which includes Nobel prize-winners and leaders in law, finance, humanities and other fields.
The degree is available to be studied as a full Master’s degree (MSc), a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).
- For the MSc you complete either 12 modules (four compulsory and eight elective modules) or 10 modules (four compulsory, five elective and a project module).
- For the PGDip you complete eight modules (four compulsory and four elective modules).
- For the PGCert you complete four (compulsory) modules.
The Programme Specification and Programme Regulations contain information and rules regarding what modules you can choose and the order in which they must be studied.
Download a Programme Specification
View Programme Regulations
The degree is delivered online via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - Moodle. This is an asynchronous self-directed programme of study. You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to certain deadlines), using the study materials provided and with support available from academic staff.
Your study materials are provided online via the Virtual Learning Environment. They may include lecture notes, textbooks, journal articles, video clips, past examination papers, and handbooks.
All of your study materials are made available at the start of October upon registration and payment of fees.
When you register, we will give you access to your University of London Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries asynchronously and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
- LSHTM Library resources, including access to selected information skills training sessions.
- The University of London Online Library. As a student at the University of London, you will have access to a range of resources, databases, and journals via the Online Library. You will be able to contact a team of professional and qualified librarians for any help you require.
Senate House Library
If you’re based in the United Kingdom, or are visiting London, make sure to visit Senate House Library. Students studying with the University of London can join the library free of charge. Membership includes a 10-book borrowing allowance, access to all reading rooms and study areas, and on-site access to Senate House Library digital resources.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
LSHTM also offers students a range of support and guidance. Further details can be found in the Programme Specification.
You should expect to study for 15-25 hours per week throughout the study year if you wish to complete your qualification in the minimum time allowed (one year for the Postgraduate Certificate, two years for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc). Most students take between three and five years to complete the MSc.
This varies from module to module but can include a combination of unseen written examinations and written assignments. More details can be found on each module's Module Specification document.
LSHTM has an international presence, and is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing professional development in public and global health. It was awarded University of the Year in 2016 by Times Higher Education for its extraordinary response to the Ebola crisis. In Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022, LSHTM was ranked third globally and first in the UK for public health.
The Faculty of Public Health and Policy has around 250 academic staff and 250 doctoral students, carrying out research in environmental factors, health policy, health promotion, and health services. In addition to the main activities in research and teaching, faculty members provide advice, consultancy and information on a wide range of public health and health care policy issues.
Dr Preslava Stoeva, Programme Director, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health and Development. Her current research concerns global health governance and health security in fragile and conflict-affected states. Preslava has taught widely at undergraduate and graduate level, covering a range of topics from security studies and human rights to foreign policy analysis.
Dr Emma Hutchinson is Programme Content Director for the Public Health module, 'Environmental Health and Sustainable Development'. As an environmental epidemiologist, Emma’s research concerns environmental health risk assessment, particularly in the areas of indoor and outdoor air pollution.
|Programme starts||October 2024|
What qualifications do you need?
For entry to the programme, you will need either:
- the equivalent of a UK first or second-class honours degree in a relevant subject from an acceptable institution.
- or, an appropriate professional or technical qualification, plus three years' relevant experience.
If you do not meet the above standard requirements, we can still consider your application on the basis of your qualifications and experience. In these instances, once you apply online, we will contact you with a request for two references to support your application before referring on for academic consideration.
English Language requirements
You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:
- IELTS: 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in the written test and 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
- TOEFL iBT: 100 overall, with 24+ in writing, 23+ in speaking, 22+ in reading and 21+ in listening.
- Pearson Test (Academic): 68 overall, with 62+ in writing and 59+ in listening, reading and speaking.
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: 185 overall, with 176+ in writing and 169+ in listening.
- Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 130.
Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.
If you do not meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, we may also consider your application.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.
Fees, funding and payment
The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2023-2024 session. On average, fees are subject to a five per cent year-on-year increase.
Students who registered earlier can view their fees on the Course Fees page.
|Application fee (non-refundable)||£107|
|The application fee (non-refundable) is payable when you make your application for an MSc, PGDip or PGCert. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer inviting you to register. The application fee is separate to other fees listed. There is no application fee for our Individual modules taken on a standalone basis.|
|Full programme fee 2023-2024|
|Pay as you go|
|Individual modules (Standalone)|
|Total per module||£2500|
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*The indicative totals include the application fee, all module and continuation fees payable to the University of London for the duration of your study, as well as online tutor support. This fee does not include applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, local exam centre fees and fees payable to University of London Recognised Teaching Centres.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees (if in doubt, please check with them before making a payment).
Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.
Can I get sponsored?
If you are employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.
Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.
The degree will be relevant both for those wishing to move into health planning or promotion at national or international levels and for those who are planning to work for international agencies engaged with global health problems.
"The Global Health Policy course provided exactly what I needed. For me, participating in interactive programs was the most helpful way to stay connected."
Dr Masatoki Adachi, Japan
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.
You’ll have access to a wide range of careers and employability support through the University of London Careers Service, including live webinars and online drop-in sessions.
Tailored support for careers in the refugee and humanitarian fields is available through regular programme events, webinars and careers resources.
What our students say
“The course content is constantly updated, kept live and interesting, and further fuelled my desire to continue my academic learning.”
Elizabeth Eves, UK
- October 2024 - application deadline closes