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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc in Global Health Policy

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The application deadline for this programme is 6 July 2020.

COVID-19 update: We are expecting to run our on-campus MSc programmes as usual in the coming academic year (for entry in September 2020). However, we also run an online version of the MSc Global Health Policy, which mirrors the content of the on-campus programme. Details of each of the programmes can be found here.”

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustive in health is the most shocking."                               Martin Luther King Jr

Welcome to the web pages for the taught Masters programme in Global Health Policy, which is delivered by staff from the Global Health Policy Unit. These pages provide key information about this exciting and innovative MSc.

Welcome message from the Programme Director

Our programme provides students with the skills they need to play a leading role in the formulation of health policies at the national and transnational levels. Situated within the Global Public Health Unit, the programme offers innovative teaching that draws on expertise from public health, political science, economics, medicine, epidemiology, and anthropology. Our location within the Graduate School of Social and Political Science gives students access to an academically challenging but welcoming environment, and to a diverse range of postgraduate courses offered in one of the world's leading centres of social science research.

This programme is designed to equip students for senior roles in national, regional or global health organisations, research institutions, non-governmental organisations and private sector consultancies. On graduating, you will have the skills you need to help these organisations respond to a range of key global issues, from the emergence of pandemics and antibiotic resistance, to the role of private actors in strengthening healthcare systems, to the challenge of regulating multinational corporations as part of efforts to combat non-communicable diseases.

If you are interested in a career addressing these issues, please take the programme. You can find more information about it via the menu on the right had side of this page. And if you would like any further details, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Please find the 2017-2018 Programme Handbook here; note that courses and sequences are correct for 2017-18 but may be subject to change for incoming cohorts.

Who to contact

For queries about the programme:

Emily Adrion

Lecturer in Global Health PolicySocial Policy School of Social and Political Sciences
3.26 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square EdinburghEH8 9LD

How to Apply

Further guidance on how to apply and entry requirements, etc. is available on the Graduate School website. Please feel free to contact the Programme Director with any further queries.

Fees and Scholarships

  • Full fees information, including part time fees, is available here.
  • Information on how to pay is available here.
  • Information on funding and scholarships is here.

Bologna Compatibility

Like all University of Edinburgh Masters programmes, the degree is fully Bologna compatible, and is recognised across Europe and beyond under the principles of the Bologna framework. The programme comprises 180 Edinburgh credits, which are equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.


Edinburgh4Learning offers an intuitive and easy to use funding information tool which allows students to search using a series of handy drop-down lists. Students can access the Edinburgh4Learning portal direct from the Scholarships and Student Funding Services website. Registration requires a valid university of Edinburgh e-mail address and in a matter of moments students can access numerous funding opportunities to help them during their studies.


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