International Health MSc
Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons)
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components
- UK fees
- £11,750 (total)
- International fees
- £25,000 (total)
Develop your understanding of international health issues, systems and programmes and policies. Prepare for a career in international health and develop your knowledge and skills to help achieve international development goals and reduce the burden of diseases borne by people in low and middle-income countries.
Our course is an ideal introduction to international health for students with limited work experience in the sector, looking to work in international health policy, systems or programmes, or to study at PhD level.
An international community
Learn in an international learning environment, with fellow professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise
Work with leading experts in international health
Tailor your course to your own skills to your own interests with a choice of optional modules.
Develop the skills and knowledge to build a career within national NGOs and national-level research organisations
At Leeds, you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with various health-related UN and other international organisations.
Our course is run by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences in the School of Medicine.
Explore and analyse factors that cause inequalities in health status, resources and access to health information and services.
Our core modules are designed to provide you 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. You will also choose from optional modules to tailor your knowledge and skills to your own interests.
A distinctive feature of this course is the research project, which allows you to gain first-hand experience of research into health and healthcare systems, usually in an overseas context.
With a strong emphasis on research skills, we will prepare you for a future career in international health, or further postgraduate study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read International Health MSc in the course catalogue
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Applied Qualitative Health Research||15|
|Statistics for Health Sciences||15|
|Key Issues in International Health||15|
|Policy for Health and Development||15|
|Research Project in International Health||45|
|Programmatic Responses to Key Issues in International Health||15|
|Introduction to Health Systems||15|
Learning and teaching
Benefit from an international learning environment. Learn and discuss with fellow-health professionals from a range of countries and professional backgrounds. Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in international resource-limited settings, you’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work, and independent learning.
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.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You will be assessed at the end of 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.
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, your application will be considered but is less likely to be successful unless you have significant relevant experience.
Alternatively, a diploma in a health-related discipline together with at least three years’ relevant experience.
We will give preference to candidates with work or study experience in areas related to international health.
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.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Applications may close before the deadline date if numbers accepted reach capacity.
Further application information:
Two references must be supplied at the point of application. If you are a recent graduate then one of these must be academic. One reference should support your experience in a health-related field. The reference should be provided on a headed document with either a stamp from the institution or an electronic signature.
Supporting statement must reflect your experience in a health-related field and your understanding of how the content of the course will benefit your personal and professional development.
If you are not in a health-related field you should clearly indicate how this course will benefit your career aspirations.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page 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.
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.
School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Policy 2023
This course is taught by
School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions
UK: £11,750 (total)
International: £25,000 (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.
The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development courses at Leeds for over 40 years and so has a large alumni network of health professionals in senior positions around the world.
Graduates of this programme have gone into a range of careers, including working for major international NGOs, working in national-level research organisations, or undertaking further postgraduate research.