The Institute for Global Health and Development

The Institute for Global Health and Development is a multi-disciplinary centre for postgraduate education and research on global health challenges in low and middle income countries.


The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) currently offers the following courses:

  • MSc Global Health
  • MSc Sexual Reproductive Health
  • MSc Applied Global Health
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Health Interventions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

Within the overall structure of our Master’s programme portfolio students can choose between our flagship MSc Global Health or the more specialised award pathways. There are also opportunities to take modules from other courses at QMU or from partner institutions in Europe through the TropEd programme. It is also possible for students to undertake study only until Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level (please contact our administrators at for further information).

Note that, we use a combination of face-to-face, blended and online teaching for greater flexibility. Most modules do require some on campus presence for specific periods of time.

Why QMU?

IGHD is proud of its reputation for providing high-quality courses which draw together participants from diverse cultural, professional and academic backgrounds to share a student-centred experience emphasising mutual learning and support. Our approach is marked by a commitment to critical thinking, practice engagement and social justice:

Critical thinking means we bring fresh insight and perspectives to situations, with our work frequently involving innovative methodologies and approaches.

Practice engagement means that we are committed to work directly with ministries of health, international and national organisations and local communities to develop real solutions to problems.

Social justice means that we are always particularly mindful of the needs of the most disadvantaged and ways of improving their health and wellbeing.

We are members of the tropEd network) which provides our students opportunities to take modules at 20+ different institutions worldwide as part of their MSc programmes.  

A distinguished history of influence

Our work in the field of global health and development has a history of more than 25 years. We delivered the first Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Healthcare which was aimed at participants from the global south in the UK and our portfolio of courses and focus has continued to expand.

We were established as the Centre for International Health Studies in 1993 and became the first institute of the University — the Institute for International Health and Development — in 2005. We were recently renamed the Institute for Global Health and Development to reflect our understanding of the impact of globalisation on health and the partnership between the global north and south to address it. Since our establishment, we have equipped more than 500 Master’s and doctoral alumni from sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia, the Middle-East, Europe and the Americas for work in the health, development and humanitarian sectors.

A setting for world-leading research

The Institute hosts world-leading research in the following two areas:

Health systems, particularly in fragile and low income settings — our team co-leads the UK Department for International Development-funded ReBUILD for Resilience (R4R) research projects since 2020, which builds on work done by the ReBUILD consortium.  ReBUILD’s work is focuses on in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Cambodia. Other recent and ongoing health systems work has been funded by the NIHR, WHO, MRC, ESRC and the NIH, addressing issues ranging from human resources for health in Africa, to analysis of systems resilience in the Middle-East and strategies supporting victims of stroke in Asia.

The psychosocial wellbeing, protection and integration of migrant, refugee and other vulnerable populations — our work is typically with inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental partners (such as UNICEF and World Vision). Recent projects have focused on areas such as mental health and psychosocial support to displaced populations, child protection, humanitarian settings (for example, in Nepal, in Malawi post-floods, in Iraq) and contexts of refugee resettlement and intergration (including the current settlement of Syrian refugees in Scotland).A further focus has been the role of faith in development and humanitarian settings.

IGHD is also home to the NIHR’s Research Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility (RUHF) in collaboration with partners in Lebanon and Sierra Leone. RUHF’s work focuses on mental health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), in contexts where displacement, conflict or weak capacity makes the delivery of vital health services challenging. RUHF brings together expertise on health systems and on psychosocial wellbeing, integration and protection to develop a comprehensive ‘systems for health’ approach to addressing fragility and building resilience.

A teaching approach emphasising active, applied learning

The diverse background of our students and small class size enables learning to be interactive, with lectures and online learning material supplemented with in-class group work and discussion. Assignments are diverse and geared towards practice applications and facilitating extension of participants’ interests and development needs. The active engagement of teaching staff in applied research provides many opportunities to illustrate issues with contemporary field examples.

With a typical cohort size of around 25 students, our courses provide a learning environment focusing on active learning and interchange of ideas and views between participants and educators.


Our courses lead to careers in a variety of settings. Many of our graduates are looking to progress into higher-level technical or management positions and others are looking for a complete change of career. At IGHD we circulate a range of internship and job opportunities in our partner organisations and are often able to suggest candidates for vacancies that our partners are looking to fill. In addition, our alumni do very well at obtaining employment in the health or social sectors in ministries of health, national or local NGOs and international organisations. S


International applicants may apply for a competitive Commonwealth Scholarship. 

Find out more information on how to apply for a course at QMU.