Postgraduate Taught

PgCert Health interventions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

The course information below relates to entry in 2020. This page will be updated with course information for 2021 entry by the 1st of November 2020, when applications for 2021 will open. 

Our global health courses and modules are aimed at those who want to make a difference to the health of those in developing countries. We put a strong focus on the social aspects of health and on health systems strengthening from a people’s perspective.

The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at QMU offers a range of awards which are aimed at those who wish to work in health policy and practice, particularly in low and middle income settings. Additionally, our courses will better prepare students to assist in improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world, whether that be overseas or locally in Scotland.

Postgraduate programmes in the Institute of Global Health and Development, inductions will commence w/b 21st September, with teaching on those programmes beginning on 28th September.

Why QMU?

If you want to make a difference in the world of global health, a qualification from QMU can be a major turning point in your career. You will develop a strong understanding of current global health and development issues and will equip yourself with the tools you need to forge positive change locally, nationally or internationally. 

You will learn from experienced figures in the field and make connections that could last your whole working life. At IGHD we work directly with ministries of health, international and national organisations and local communities to develop real solutions to health and development problems.  

We are on a compassion mission. Our work at IGHD addresses the health and wellbeing of those in greatest need, whether that be vulnerable populations in Scotland or those living in low or middle income countries.  

Our teaching and research expertise spans multiple aspects of global health and development. These range from health financing, and support to fragile and conflict-affected settings, to refugee integration and child protection. 

Course Overview

PgCert Health in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

This award focuses on the current challenges and policy debates in local/national /global responses in meeting the health needs of populations affected by or recovering from instability and conflict.  Students will examine the concepts of vulnerability and resilience of individuals, households and their interaction with health systems in conflict and post-conflict settings as well as strategies for rebuilding the health system in fragile and post-conflict states. Re-establishing human resource systems provision and psychosocial interventions in a range of crisis settings is also part of this coherent fifteen-week study programme for health and humanitarian workers seeking to consolidate and extend learning in this area.  

When you have completed this certificate you will be able to critically analyse and respond effectively and appropriately to complex policy and practice issues in diverse settings affected by conflict or emerging from conflict, as well as to integrate diverse perspectives on the impact of conflict to formulate effective and appropriate programmatic response to identified needs 

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Exit awards

PgCert (60 credits)

Structure

To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. This is a PgCert which requires completing modules worth 60 credits.  

You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award. 

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is comprised of a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, simulation exercises and projects. Assessment is continuous and incorporates assignments, action plans, projects and examinations. 

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module which you study on campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Some modules during the second semester are offered fully online or through blended learning which require you to be on campus only for certain weeks. Your exact attendance requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part time. Modules typically run over five weeks and involve two sessions of three hours in class each week. In addition, for each module students spend around 10-12 hours of each week on preparatory class work independently and with colleagues, including readings and exercises available on dedicated web-based learning platforms. 

Modules

You will study a total of 60 credits, comprising two core modules:

  • Health Systems in Fragile States
  • Psychosocial Interventions for Displaced populations;

an independent study module on a topic related to health in fragile and conflict-affected states; and one more 15-credit module from the list of classes available at IGHD, which are subject to student demand.

The modules listed here are subject to change. In the event that modules do need to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to the students. Please check this site or contact IGHD for any updates.

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact IGHD for more information.

Careers

Our courses have been helping people successfully advance their careers in global health for many years. Our graduates have gone on to make measurable improvements in a variety of international health environments. Examples of positions filled by IGHD graduates include: Health Advisor for Save the Children UK, Senior Co-ordinator for International Operations with Partners in Health, Policy Development Officer in the Scottish NGO sector, Public Health Policy Workers for First Nation’s communities in Canada, humanitarian worker with Islamic Relief. Others have taken internships with organizations such as the WHO on graduation, while others have progressed to doctoral studies.  

PgCert Health in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States graduates will have the skills and understanding that are attractive to organisations working in some of the most needy and at-risk communities in the world.  

 

Links with industry/ professional bodies

Our work with a number of internationally recognised organisations and professional bodies helps shape the content of our courses. We have links with Health Systems Global, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS.net), Scottish International Development Alliance, Development Studies Association, Scottish Government, and Scottish Refugee Council, to name but a few. At QMU we host the NIHR Research Unit on Health in Situations of Fragility (RUHF). 

Entry requirements

A UK honours degree or equivalent from a relevant subject area (arts, humanities, health or social sciences). Students without an honours degree may be considered if they have other relevant qualifications and/or appropriate work experience. 

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.0 and no individual component score below 5.5. 

Application deadline

There is no formal deadline, but you should be aware of the time requirements of visa applications which vary by country. We do not accept applications where the candidate will not be able to arrive on the term start date, but if the application otherwise meets our criteria, will recommend a start at the next available course start date (January or September). 

More information and contacts

Contact Admissions or Contact IGHD on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000

Scholarships

International applicants may apply for a competitive Commonwealth Scholarship.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

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Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU
Duration
Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2020
Study Abroad
No
School
Institute for Global Health and Development
Division
Fees & Funding

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