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Masters Global Health Policy (Distance Learning)

Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters by Distance Learning.

Global Health Policy (Distance Learning) - Programme Specification

How to Apply

These courses aim to provide students with an in-depth understanding of health determinants and outcomes that transcend national boundaries, and the policy responses required to protect and promote population health in a globalising world.

These courses are aimed at students and professionals from both health and non-health backgrounds who seek to understand more about the policy environment associated with issues of global health. It will be of value especially to those who may be seeking to assume positions related to issues of global health policy in national, regional or global health organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental organisations and private consultancies.

Aims & Objectives

The course aims to develop:

• a solid grounding in various theories and practices concerned with global health policy
• an understanding of the emerging institutional structures and governance mechanisms to address global health issues
• a good appreciation of relevant health policy research methods, such as comparative analysis and cross country learning
• an ability to apply these analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges posed by global health issues.


The support you will receive will include:

• a web-based virtual learning environment (including web conferencing, allowing you to pose questions and engage in academic discussions with tutors and fellow students)
• written, personalised feedback from teaching staff and advice on assignments

You can also communicate with other distance learning students, either individually or by setting up your own learning support groups.

Inspiration sessions - MSc Global Health Policy

Dr. Richard Smith provides an overview for our new distance learning MSc in Global Health Policy available via distance learning. Click here to watch the video.

Course Summary

  Number of modules Course Duration Cost (2015/16)
MSc 9 modules plus a project OR 12 modules 2-5 years £11,770
Postgraduate Diploma 8 modules 2-5 years £9,300
Postgraduate Certificate 4 modules 1-5 years £6,850
Individual modules Studying individual modules is an ideal option if you wish to update your professional knowledge or sample the programme. The fee is £1,710 per module.

Course Structure

  • Postgraduate Certificate: 4 compulsory core modules
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules (4 compulsory modules + 4 elective modules)
  • MSc:  Either 9 modules (4 compulsory core and 5 electives) plus a project report or 12 modules (4 compulsory core plus 8 electives)

The Postgraduate Certificate:

The Certificate comprises the 4 core modules which are also common to the Diploma and MSc courses:  

After successfully completing the core modules, those registered for the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc must successfully pass a required number of elective modules to complete the award.

The Postgraduate Diploma:

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, 4 elective modules (in addition to the 4 core modules) must be studied from the list below.

The Masters Degree (MSc):

Students registered for the MSc must choose five elective modules from the list below, and must also complete a project report in their final year. (Alternatively, 3 further elective modules may be chosen from the list below in place of the project report.)  

Note that restrictions and prerequisites may apply to some of the modules below. Not all modules will be available every year.

Combining DL studies with studies at the School - 'blended learning' study

After successful completion of a minimum number of core modules, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students may also be eligible for the 'blended learning option', which allows for the study of up to two modules only (from a restricted list) at LSHTM in London during the Spring or Summer terms in place of distance learning modules. Please note that these options, and the dates when the modules are held at the School, are subject to change - full details will be sent to all DL students in July each year. The fee for attending LSHTM in-house modules is payable directly to LSHTM, not to the University of London International Programmes, and is in addition to the distance learning course fees.
Method of assessment

All distance learning modules are assessed by means of a two-hour unseen written examination (with 15 minutes planning/reading time at the start of the examination). 

Modules  EPM3, IDM2, IDM3, IDM5 and PHM2 modules - are assessed partly by the two-hour unseen written examination (70%) and partly by an assessed assignment (30%), submitted electronically to the School by a set deadline.

Examinations take place once a year in June (please note: it is not possible to hold examinations at other times of year). These are normally held in a student’s country of residence: please click here to view details of the examination centres available. They are arranged mainly through Ministries of Education or the British Council. Students taking distance learning examinations will need to pay a fee to their local examination centre. Please note that if you fail an examination at the first entry you will be allowed one further attempt, if you have failed the module overall.

Credits awarded

Credits will be awarded to all modules (15 credits each) and (MSc only) the integrating module (30 credits) successfully completed. To successfully pass an award the following credits must be gained:

Postgraduate Certificate – 60 credits
Postgraduate Diploma – 120 credits
MSc – 180 credits

How you study

You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to some course-specific deadlines), using the comprehensive study materials provided, with learning support from our academic staff. The academic year runs from the beginning of October through to the June exams, during which time tutorial support is available. Students carrying out projects are assigned personal supervisors to support their project work throughout the summer. Deadlines for submission of coursework vary per course but are usually in March, May, August and September.

Study materials

You receive your study materials after you register. Study materials may include Subject guides, Readers, Textbooks, CD-ROMs/additional computer software (e.g. Stata), Past examination papers and Examiners’ reports, and Handbooks. You also have access to the school’s online library resources.


Academic Requirements

A first or second class honours degree or the equivalent, from a university or other institution acceptable to the University of London, in:

EITHER a scientific subject such as: biology, medicine, nursing, or pharmacy;

OR a social science subject such as: Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies Human Rights, Geography, International Politics, International Relations, Law, Sociology, Policy Studies, Politics, Political Science, or Water and Sanitation.

Applicants who do not satisfy the above requirements may still be admitted at the discretion of the University and the School on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience and references.

Language Requirements

For awards at FHEQ level 7, students must provide satisfactory evidence showing that they have passed within the previous three years a test of proficiency in English at the following minimum level:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System when an overall score of at least 7.0 is achieved with a minimum of 7.0 in the written sub-test or
  • (TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language - score of 600 (or 250 in the computerised test) and a minimum of 5 in the TWE or
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 100 including a minimum score of 24 in the test of written English.

Where an applicant does not meet the prescribed English language proficiency requirements but believes they can demonstrate the requisite proficiency for admission the University may, at its discretion, consider the application.

Computer Requirements

All students must have regular access to a computer and the internet. This may be for accessing the Student Portal, downloading course materials from the Virtual Learning Environment, and accessing resources from the Online Library. You will also need to have access to appropriate software, for example, a PDF reader and suitable hardware capacity on your computer e.g. for document storage. Additional requirements include that you have JavaScript and cookies enabled to access particular online systems such as the Student Portal.

Some programmes have courses or modules that use additional software. Where this is the case, information is given with the relevant course descriptions.

We recommend that you use the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome (recommended) and that your screen resolution is 1024 x 768 or greater.


Application for Study by Distance Learning

The School's distance learning courses are run in collaboration with the University of London International Programmes. For the distance learning courses applications must be made online to the University of London International Programmes.

Need help with completing your application online? Please check the "How to Apply" section of the University of London website.

If you have any enquiries, please submit your questions online to the University of London International Programmes. 

Alternatively, please contact:

The Information Centre, University of London, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DN, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7862 8360/8361/8362
Fax: +44 (0)20 7862 8358

Summary of key dates

Application deadline 10 August
Registration deadline 30 September
Start of the course October
Examinations (take place the following year after registration) June
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