Postgraduate study

Global Health Challenges (Online Learning) PgCert (ICL), PgCert, PgProfDev

Awards: PgCert (ICL), PgCert, PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study, Part-time

Online learning

Funding opportunities

The program was able to give me a strong theoretical footing to address issues across disciplines, and become a more well-rounded and generalised practitioner, able to draw conclusions and pathways from multiple disciplines and apply across various scenarios.

MSc Global Challenges graduate 2017

The programme is designed to equip those already working in global health and development, or those planning to work with international and national health agencies, with the tools, knowledge and skills to engage with complex problems related to equitable and just health and well-being.

It will also be of immense value for those interested in global development and aid, and for those interested in careers in health journalism, or work in international business in the health and social care fields, and in corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

The programme will utilise the particular expertise that the University of Edinburgh and its global partners offers in global health including its medical, nursing and biomedical excellence.

On completion of this certificate, you will have an understanding of the processes and procedures by which the global health agenda is shaped. You will also possess the analytical and conceptual skills necessary to critically evaluate the nature of global health issues and to understand the interconnectedness of health with social, environmental, psychological and economic determinants.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Studying online at Edinburgh

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

The programme is delivered using an innovative blend of online learning opportunities supported by online learning environments. It will involve online discussion, group project work, online lectures delivered by world expert leaders, occasional synchronous sessions and independent study and reflection.

The programme comprises two 20-credit core courses and 20 credits of elective courses.

The core courses for 2019-20 are:

  • Global Health Challenges: an Introduction
  • Evaluation of Global Health and Development Programmes

The elective courses offered in 2019-20 include:

  • Maternal and Child Health in a Global Context
  • Migration and Health
  • Leadership and Management in Public Health

MSc Global Challenges

After taking this programme, graduates can also take two further postgraduate certificates in Global Development Challenges and Global Environment Challenges. Completion of all three certificates leads to an MSc in Global Challenges.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PgCert (ICL)Global Health ChallengesUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
PgCertGlobal Health Challenges1 YearPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

Graduates will gain the knowledge and skills required for pursuing a career with global health agencies, political institutions, business or in academia.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work in academia, national and intergovernmental organisations (e.g. EU, UN) in senior advisory and managerial roles.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in medicine, nursing, social science, science, biomedicine, or another related discipline.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PgCert (ICL)Global Health ChallengesUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgCertGlobal Health Challenges1 YearPart-timeTuition fees
PgProfDevGlobal Health ChallengesUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees

Online Commonwealth Scholarships: Global Health

We are offering 10 awards covering tuition fees. These scholarships will be awarded to outstanding candidates who are citizens of and resident in low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries. Successful applicants will benefit from the University's Global Academy network.

The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. We publish data on the success rate for scholarship applications to help you understand the level of demand.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG
Programme start date Application deadline
14 September 2020 28 August 2020

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG