Peninsula Medical School

MSc Global Health

This programme will empower you to confidently meet the clinical and logistical challenges of working in complex and unpredictable situations; overseas, in low resource settings, on expedition or within your UK practice. Gain the advanced knowledge, skills and leadership qualities to deliver quality care, interact with healthcare professionals in multicultural or resource constrained settings and ensure the best possible health outcomes for your unique patient population, whatever your location.

The programme has two pathways to allow you to tailor your learning to your own specific needs. There is a leadership pathway to allow you to gain advanced knowledge and practice to become a global healthcare leader of the future. An alternate is to take the remote and rural pathway specifically gaining skills for practising as a wilderness medic in some of the worlds most isolated locations.

Available pathways

This programme is currently being redesigned and updated for September 2022 enrolment.

Whilst the core module content will remain, there will be modifications made across the entire programme as an exciting new schedule of modules is rolled out. This page will be updated as soon as possible with further details on specific module content.

A full-time and part-time route will be available for this programme.

Please contact for further information.

Applications for 2022 entry

The programme is now accepting applications for 2022 delivery. The online delivery changes due to covid-19 restrictions will continue into 2022 if necessary. They are proving popular and successful. The closing date for international applications is May 2022. The closing date for home applications is July 2022. Please contact for further information.

Key features

  • Rise to the challenge on this master’s programme to become a health professional ready to meet the unique challenges of providing care in complex and challenging global and/ or remote environments.  A full-time route is also available, or it is possible to exit with either a postgraduate certificate, or diploma dependent on the number of credits gained.
  • Choose from a choice of pathways; Leadership, with a vision of becoming a global health leader of the future, or Remote and Rural, gaining skills to lead and provide medical cover to expeditions in the arctic, jungle, desert or mountainous terrains.
  • Experience teaching from faculty staff and visiting experts that have an active role in shaping healthcare systems locally and globally.
  • Links with the masters in healthcare management, leadership and innovation for cross-programme learning from a broader sphere of faculty specialists.
  • Equip yourself with the advanced skills necessary to critically analyse and combine a range of information to make safe and effective decisions in unpredictable situations, demonstrate leadership qualities and contribute to improvement science in your unique practice setting.
  • Benefit from a blended learning environment with delivery ranging between lectures, seminars, practical scenario-based training in the field, and supported distance learning. Our academic team are available via a means of telecommunication methods for ongoing support during your studies.
  • Take advantage of a collaborative educational partnership between local NHS services, higher education, clinical services and experts such as members of the University of Plymouth Global Health Collaborative.
  • Enhance your learning with our established links to the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit, Diving Diseases Research Centre, THET Health Links Partnerships.
  • An opportunity for intercalating students to enrol on the full-time route from medical and dental undergraduate courses throughout the UK, provided that they have sufficient credits to continue with a masters (Level 7) qualification. Intercalating students will study alongside postgraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and will benefit from this vibrant educational environment.
  • WMT alumni have the opportunity to gain credit for prior learning. Please contact the programme lead for further information.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • The programme can be flexible to fit around your work, practice opportunities and travel overseas. The normal is to complete the full time version in one year, and the part time version in three, taking two modules per year and undertaking the dissertation in year three.

    The programme traditionally starts in September with an introductory two days. The Global Health and Project Design, Development and Knowledge transfer modules run in the autumn term, the Remote and Rural Practitioner and Leadership modules in the Spring Term. The distance learning Leadership and Innovation in practice module runs across the year.

    Please see the programme specification for further details of how the modules are put together, and the module specific pages for more information on the key modules.

    REM713 Global Health

    REM715 Leadership and innovation in practice

    REM716 Remote and rural practice

    HML721 Advanced healthcare leadership and innovation 

    HML712 Organisational development and culture

    PDP721 Project design, development and knowledge transfer 

    PDD721DL Project design, development and knowledge transfer 

    DIS731 Dissertation - This module is the dissertation associated with the masters programme and is designed to enable students to produce a project dissertation under supervision, and to demonstrate project design, development, evaluation and synthesis skills.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
Entry requirements

This programme is most applicable for medical, dental, nursing or allied health professionals or intercalating medical students between years 4 and 5 of their undergraduate course.

Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required with a minimum of a lower second/ 2:2 class honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Nursing, Allied Health Professionals degree, Healthcare Management). Entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate’s ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance.

If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each category (speaking, listening, reading, & writing) will be required. Students with a first degree from the UK may still be required to take IELTS.

Accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) refer to the process by which previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning can be awarded credit towards modules within the sphere of Higher Education. Credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, may count towards the requirements for the named award. The maximum amount of credit for prior learning (certificated or experiential) claimed towards the award is 120 credits.  To qualify for the award of a masters degree, your dissertation must be completed at the University of Plymouth. If you are seeking credit (whether certificated or experiential), you will normally be required to apply for such credit on receipt of an offer of a place on the programme. Requests for APCL if you are already on a programme will be considered provided that you submit the request in the session before you would normally begin the module/stage for which you are seeking credit. In the case of requests for APEL, this would be at least six months prior to the beginning of the session before you would normally begin the module(s)/stage against which you are seeking credit.

The University of Plymouth is committed to providing equality for all irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality), gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and will work to ensure that all students, employees and visitors, as well as those who apply or seek to apply to work or study at the University, are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination by the University on any of these grounds (University Equality and Diversity Policy, Revised April 2011).

The Faculty of Health welcomes applications from people with disabilities who will be considered on the same academic grounds as other potential students. Considerations about individual needs arising from disability will be made separately, and we will strive to meet an individual disabled student's needs wherever possible and in consultation with Disability Services.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

All fees are published per 60 credits. A full MSc represents 180 credits.

New student 2021 2022
Home/EU £3,250 £3,300
International £5,400 £5,700

Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Before you apply

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:
  • Evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in this course and outlining the nature of previous and current teaching experience. You can write this into the online application form, or send it as a separate attachment.
  • Two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course 
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

When to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year. When applying for a taught postgraduate programme, please check for any submission deadlines with the Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team (contact details below). For full-time programmes, you may be invited for interview.

Check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

Once you have registered and logged in, please enter the ‘course code’ which can be found above into the search bar to begin your application.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our online admissions policy for taught programmes. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

What happens after I apply?

For more information contact the Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

University of Plymouth

Faculty of Health
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park

Tel: +44 (0)1752 437333
Fax: +44 (0)1752 517842

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

"After gaining my medical degree I completed my foundation medical training years in North Wales. I wanted to take some time out before speciality training to pursue my interest in remote medicine, while completing my mountain leader qualification and travelling as an expedition doctor. I remember looking at the Plymouth programme initially because I was interested in finding out more about the different options within the field of expedition medicine. The global health element made it even more inviting, as was the part-time option to be flexible and do some of the learning and assignments remotely.

On completion of the programme I will have gained some significant learning experiences within this field, both research-based and practically, and worked with a variety of leaders within this area of medicine. The links that the University have with the British Antarctic Survey mean that some of my colleagues on the programme will be undertaking medical jobs at remote stations for prolonged periods of time, so it has been fascinating to hear from them about some of their experiences. I particularly enjoyed learning about some of the issues surrounding climate change and the concept of locally global healthcare during the global health module, and practising casualty evacuations outside next to our lecture room!

Plymouth has been a great and friendly city to get to know, especially when commuting by bike! Both the medical facilities and teaching are excellent and have close links with exciting projects worldwide, including the Masanga link hospital in Sierra Leone.

In addition, I have enjoyed getting to know the surrounding area, with beautiful Dartmoor on the doorstep, and plenty of great sporting facilities to try."

Joanna Byers
MSc Global and Remote Healthcare student

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Global Health Collaborative

Created in 2016, the Global Health Collaborative (GHC) represents the coming together of individuals and organisations with an interest in global health issues.

Further information about GHC


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September 2019 cohort
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Leadership practice on Dartmoor