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International Health, MSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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MScFull-time12 monthsSeptemberGBP 8250 per totalGBP 19500 per total

About International Health, MSc - at University of Leeds

This programme is an ideal introduction to international health for students with limited 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.

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.

You will be able to work with, and research, diverse populations, geo-political environments and health systems.

You'll also benefit from the international learning environment with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.

More information

On this programme you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff and visits to other organisations, such as the United Nations, Red Cross, World Vision, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Hospital Federation and the World Council of Churches.

The International Health MSc is designed for those interested in pursuing a research career with a focus on international health policy, systems or programmes. It is also appropriate for those who intend to work within international health policy, systems or programmes.

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

  • Course content

    Core (compulsory) modules provide students who do not have extensive prior experience with a detailed introduction to the key issues and challenges within international health policy, systems and programmes. You'll become familiar with the current debates around health, poverty and development
    The optional modules allow you to develop your knowledge and skills in specific areas of interest. You can view the full range of optional modules in our programme catalogue.

    A strong emphasis on developing research skills prepares students for future careers in international health and provides a strong grounding for those who intend to pursue further postgraduate studies.
    A distinctive feature of this programme is the research project, which allows you to gain first-hand experience of research into health systems and programmes, usually in an overseas context.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Health Research Methods 15 credits
    • Applied Qualitative Health Research 15 credits
    • Key Issues in International Health 15 credits
    • Policy for Health and Development 15 credits
    • Introduction to Health Systems 15 credits
    • Research Project in International Health 45 credits
    • Programmatic Responses to Key Issues in International Health 15 credits

    Optional modules

    • Quality Improvement in Health Care 15 credits
    • Non-Communicable Diseases 15 credits
    • Implications of Conflicts and Emergencies on Health and Healthcare Systems 15 credits
    • Health Management Information Systems 15 credits
    • Human Resources Planning and Management for Health 15 credits
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health 15 credits
    • Management of Finance for Health 15 credits
    • International Health Policy: Geneva Study Tour 15 credits
    • Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programmes 15 credits
    • Communicable Disease Control 15 credits
    • Health Promotion 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read International Health MSc in the course catalogue

    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 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 often 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.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    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. For more information contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


    How to apply

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Selection principles

    There is strong competition to study this course. We will give preference to candidates with work or study experience in areas related to international health.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: £8,250 (total)

    International: £19,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Additional cost information

    The cost of the optional one-week trip to Geneva (see Overview) is not included in the course fees. Students pay a contribution towards their travel, accommodation, visa and insurance costs, and the Nuffield Centre for Health and Development pays the rest of these costs.

    (Students who choose the study trip as an optional module pay a smaller contribution than students who attend the study trip for their personal development only.) Other costs, including meals and any personal costs, are paid by the student. We send more information with offer letters.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

    We provide information on where previous students have obtained funding. Please take a look at Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Funders for ideas.

  • 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 almost 30 years and so has a large alumni network of health professionals in senior positions around the world.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)

Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components

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