12 months
25300 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
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This Global Health Policy programme at The University of Edinburgh explores the issues that shape population health and build the knowledge and skills necessary to address them.


Over the course of the last decade, global health has received dramatically increased attention, both as an emergent academic discipline and in terms of heightened policy salience.

This has become particularly emphasised in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Global health concerns have become a central component of foreign and security policy and of development and human rights agendas, and have reshaped debates regarding the social impacts of global economic and environmental change.

Finding answers to the key questions confronting global health policy and practice is vital.

From the impact of globalisation and the recent development of influential global health partnerships to the complex relationships between health objectives and the trade policies of leading states, through this Global Health Policy programme at The University of Edinburgh you’ll learn to understand, critically appraise and apply key concepts and theories within policy studies, public health, and the wider social sciences.

Why Edinburgh?

Situated within the Global Health Policy Unit, this programme offers innovative research-led teaching that draws on academic expertise from disciplines including:

  • public health
  • political science
  • social policy
  • economics
  • medicine
  • epidemiology
  • geography
  • anthropology

Our location within the School of Social and Political Science gives students access to an academically challenging but friendly and supportive environment and to diverse postgraduate courses offered in one of Europe’s leading centres of social science research.

Career opportunities

This highly regarded qualification will improve your chances of securing rewarding roles.

Recent graduates have taken up employment and research positions with NGOs, health agencies, government departments and international organisations.

We have structured the programme to enable the option to undertake a placement during your dissertation, which can provide valuable professional experience and contacts.

The transferable skills you gain from the programme in areas such as communication, critical thinking and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your eventual career.

A number of our students, particularly from social science backgrounds, use this programme to prepare for applications to medical school, law school and PhD programmes.

Our programmes are also recognised for training purposes by the UK Faculty of Public Health, and a number of practising doctors undertake study with us.

Programme Structure

  • You will complete one compulsory course and a number of option courses.
  • Following the taught courses, you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.
  • We have structured the programme to enable you to undertake a placement during your dissertation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees per year

  • Home: £8,100
    • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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