Online MSc

We offer a wide range of innovative distance learning programmes in global health.


Masters programmes associated with the Global Health Academy bring together disciplines from across the University.

Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health: This programme is offered by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. It offers the interdisciplinary training necessary to understand and manage the natural environment.

Clinical Education: This programme is offered by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Here health care professionals and veterinary practitioners learn best practice in clinical education.

Clinical Trials: This programme provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals to select courses relevant to their speciality and area of expertise, aiming to support the demand for appropriately qualified health professionals to lead clinical trials of all phases. Relevant for those wishing to gain an overall understanding of clinical trials before moving into the field or those with general or specialist experience in this area and are looking to broaden their role in the design, management, analysis and reporting of clinical trials

Dementia: International Experience, Policy and Practice - The programme considers the latest research, theory, policy and practices from around the world and provides a flexible framework to ensure you are able to put your learning into practice to improve care and support for people with dementia.

Family Medicine: The discipline of Family Medicine is gaining prominence as a vehicle for promoting effective primary health care. This part-time programme aims to equip students with the skills to become family doctors. Doctors who "resolve more and refer less", whose presence will improve the quality of patient care by providing continuity of care and an understanding of the importance of caring for patients in the context of their family and their community.

Global Challenges: A new interdisciplinary interactive MSc programme exploring the complex relationships that drive and power global health, development, society and environment.

Global eHealth: This interdisciplinary programme introduces health informatics in the context of international health systems and global health challenges, supported by specialist courses covering areas such as public health informatics, telehealthcare and mHealth.

Global Health and Infectious Diseases: Infectious diseases are a major global concern, resulting in 11 million deaths per year and many more lives affected by reduced productivity and missed educational opportunities. This programme aims address the challenges posed by infectious diseases in the 21st Century.

International Animal Health: This programme is offered by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Here you will learn to identify, control and manage animal diseases, and develop expertise in the social and economic factors affecting the welfare of livestock.

International Animal Welfare: This programme is ideal for individuals who wish to gain a world-class qualification in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.

LLM in Medical Law and Ethics: An interdisciplinary programme focusing on the important issues affecting medicine, law and ethics today, within international, European and domestic settings. This programme can be studied full time or part time and offers start dates in September and January.

Global Health and Non-Communicable Diseases: This is a flexible online Masters programme in global public health, specialising in understanding this emerging global burden of non-communicable diseases now seriously affecting low and middle income countries The programme looks at the impact and underlying causes and drivers, exploring innovative ways in which different health systems are tackling the underlying determinants and developing prevention and treatment strategies.

Mental Health and Well-being of Children, Young People and Families : is a new fully online programme offering advanced study of the promotion of children and young people’s mental health and well-being through the application of the theories and principles of development psychology.

One Health: The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies will be starting a new on-line distance learning programme in September 2013. This MSc draws together Edinburgh’s multidisciplinary expertise with a proven track record to deliver first-class teaching in One Health.

Primary Care Ophthalmology: Is offered by the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, and designed to meet the needs of optometrists, GPs, junior medical and surgical ophthalmology trainees, other health professionals (e.g., orthoptists, ophthalmic nurses) seeking to advance their understanding of primary eye care and its interface with secondary care.

ChM (Master of Surgery) in Clinical Ophthalmology: Is offered by the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, is designed to meet the needs of advanced medical and surgical ophthalmology trainees en route to consultancy. Applications from independently practising ophthalmologists will also be considered. Supports learning for the Fellowship examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) (Ophth) and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Paediatric Emergency Medicine: This online programme is offered by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and has been designed to provide the educational background required for clinicians managing medical emergencies in children.

Clinical Management of Pain: This programme provides advanced pain management education for graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology and other disciplines involved in pain management

Science Communication and Public Engagement: Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between scientific research and public bodies. There is a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research and to help the general public appreciate the value of science. This programme, offered by the School of Biomedical Sciences, will develop your knowledge of current issues and the latest methodologies.

Surgical Sciences: This programme is offered by the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. It is designed to meet the needs of the modern surgeon in training.

MVetSci in Conservation Medicine: The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies will be starting a new part-time online distance learning MVetSci in Conservation Medicine in September 2012.

Public Health: These programmes offer training across the broad range of public health disciplines, preparing you for a future career in public or global health, research or practice.

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