BSc Global Health (intercalated)

Year of entry: 2020

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Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Science with Hons
Duration
12 months

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

It is estimated that around 30-40 places will be available. 

Please note: Places are available only for intercalating medical students.  Applications from such students are welcomed, whether from within this University, others around the UK, or from overseas.

How to apply

Intercalating medical students from Manchester Medical School should contact intercalation@manchester.ac.uk regarding the intercalation process.

Medical students from other universities can contact bscghsalc@manchester.ac.uk in the first instance, should they choose, in order to register their interest.

You will be asked to complete an application form and then subsequently provide academic transcripts, plus a letter of support from your medical school, once you have completed your studies at the end of May.

Course overview

  • You want to develop your knowledge of key global health challenges, global determinants of health and illness, and innovative solutions
  • You are interested in engaging with a wide range of academics and practitioners working in the fields of health and humanitarianism
  • You wish to develop research, analytical and communication skills that are suitable for a range of professions

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £19,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Gareth Frier
Email
Website
http://www.hcri.ac.uk/study/bscgh/index.htm
School/Faculty overview

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Entry requirements

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Academic entry qualification overview

This course is designed for medical students who wish to take an intercalated degree.

To qualify for entry onto the Intercalated BSc in Global Health programme, students must have:

  • Obtained permission to intercalate from their Hospital Dean/Medical School or equivalent
  • Successfully completed at least two years of their medical studies (as demonstrated via academic transcripts)

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE English Language grade C  /  4, or;
  • IELTS 6.5, or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of  our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications  or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Intercalating medical students from Manchester Medical School should contact intercalation@manchester.ac.uk regarding the intercalation process.

Medical students from other universities can contact bscghsalc@manchester.ac.uk in the first instance, should they choose, in order to register their interest.

You will be asked to complete an application form and then subsequently provide academic transcripts, plus a letter of support from your medical school, once you have completed your studies at the end of May.

Advice to applicants

To qualify for entry onto the Intercalated BSc in Global Health programme, students must have:
  • Obtained permission to intercalate from their Hospital Dean/Medical School or equivalent
  • Successfully completed at least two years of their medical studies (as demonstrated via academic transcripts)

Course details

Course description

This one-year, intercalated BSc in Global Health is designed for medical students who want to prepare themselves to be a global doctor, by enhancing their knowledge about the inter-connectedness of health and its determinants.  This course analyses the impact of major social, economic, political, cultural and environmental factors on health challenges, such as the global epidemic in HIV / AIDS, chronic diseases, trauma in developing countries, tropical diseases and the emergence and rapid spread of infectious diseases.

Aims

The intended learning outcomes of the Intercalated BSc in Global Health are as follows. On completion of the programme, you should be able to show a critical understanding of:

  • the key concepts, policies and debates that underpin a global health approach which can be applied to the analysis of health and health issues
  • the impact of major worldwide social, economic, political, cultural and environmental factors that are producing new health controversies, challenges and opportunities
  • contemporary issues at the forefront of health and well-being including health systems and health system design, and the work of the international community in global health
  • multi-disciplinary, diverse and innovative research methodologies in the study of global health and the ability to evaluate research in health and disease
  • the skills needed to conduct global health research and policy analysis, including evaluating theory and programmes in practice, planning and developing policy and research proposals 
  • you should have developed personal skills that will enhance your professional practice, such as empathy, analysis, critical reflection and self-reflection, alongside an awareness and understanding of the lived experience of health, well-being and illness, including the range of complex social, cultural, political and economic factors that impact on health outcomes

Special features

This program is offered by the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at The University of Manchester, which brings together the disciplines of medicine and humanities, as well the expertise of academics and practitioners. As an HCRI student, you will further benefit from the comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research, as well as individual tutorial and supervision from academics from a wide range of disciplines including Emergency Medicine, Political Science, International Relations, History, Medical Anthropology, Disaster Management and Global Health.

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation and Research Methods HCRI30000 40 Mandatory
Introduction to Global Health HCRI30021 20 Mandatory
War, Migration and Health HCRI30032 20 Mandatory
Diseases in Developing Countries HCRI30042 20 Mandatory
The Anthropology of Health and Wellbeing SOAN30251 20 Mandatory

What our students say

Samihah Moazam, intercalating from medical studies at The University of Manchester

I decided to intercalate during fourth year as I wanted to take the opportunity to study something different, take a break from medicine before my final year and also build up my CV for the future. I had started to become interested in global health after two related SSCs . Its not a topic that is given much attention in medical school but is something we will come across in all aspects of medicine. I inquired about the course at HCRI once it became available and it seemed to cover all areas that I was interested in learning more about.

I'm really enjoying the course. The modules are diverse and cover a wide range of topics from different view points. There's also opportunities to expand your knowledge in areas you're interested in through presentations and written assignments.

James Gill, intercalating from his medical studies at The University of Sheffield

I'm one of the external intercalating medical students (from Sheffield).  I had just finished my third year in medical training and I decided that now would be a good time to embrace a new challenge before finishing my medical degree. I applied to the Global Health BSc as I'm interested in learning about how long-term global health issues such HIV and TB are being tackled and also about how the social determinants affecting health, such as poverty, need to be addressed to create equitable universal healthcare.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Medical students with a global health degree will have a wide range of exciting career opportunities. Many students will be able to use the course as a starting point to progress onto careers as global health doctors, researchers, teachers, consultants for NGOs and UN organisations.

Whatever your interests are, you can access support from your tutors, the University Careers Service and an extensive alumni network to boost your career prospects whilst at HCRI and Manchester.