This course combines expertise from development studies and public health to help you engage with the challenges of health and international development in today's complex world. Working across the Department of Geography and the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), you'll develop an understanding of the interventions necessary to improve the health of communities in the Global South.
You'll develop a critical understanding of international development theories and debates in the context of public health research and practice. There's an emphasis on applying your learning to complex challenges in the real world. You'll develop professional skills, carry out hands-on research during an overseas field class, and you'll complete a work placement-based dissertation that links academic theory with public health and international development practice.
Our teaching involves industry and sector specialists, which means you can make connections and contacts with a global network of expertise beyond the University. On this course you'll develop the practical skills you need to work within development and health organisations around the world.
The course typically includes a 10-day field class, which gives you the chance to develop your research skills while learning about everyday development challenges and the outcomes of development interventions. We offer a range of field class destinations each year. Recent field classes were in Kenya, Tanzania, India and Nepal.
The cost of the compulsory field class is included in your tuition fees.
The dissertation with placement gives you valuable practical experience of working in a development organisation and engaging with development issues.
You'll spend six to eight weeks in June or July based in a host organisation, where you'll carry out a research project identified by the organisation and approved by the University. Your project will have clear practical relevance and will generate findings that form the basis of your dissertation. Students also spend time working directly on the organisation's core activities.
We currently work with over 30 host organisations from across the globe, ranging from leading non-governmental organisations to development consultancy companies to local civil society organisations. Some have a wide remit, others have a specialist focus on issues such as conservation, education, health, migration, economic development and human rights.
The costs of the core dissertation with placement module are not included in your tuition fees.
There are various scholarships and bursaries available to support this placement, and local, low-cost placements are available.
We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.