Postgraduate Taught

PgCert Health Interventions in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings

We are now taking applications for 2021.

Do you want to make a difference to the health of people in low-resource settings? Are you looking for a qualification that will enable you to work at a senior level in health policy and practice in the UK or abroad, particularly in low and middle income settings? Our flexible and highly respected range of global health courses could be the perfect stepping stone for your career.

The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at QMU is a unique academic institution. We offer a range of postgraduate courses aimed specifically at those who wish to work in health policy and practice, particularly in low and middle income settings. Our courses put a strong focus on the social aspects of health and on health systems strengthening from a community-based perspective. They will equip you to assist in improving the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world, whether that be overseas or locally in Scotland

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

If you want to take a broad approach to your learning, you can enrol on our MSc Global Health. This approach offers you a thorough grounding in this multidisciplinary field and you can later decide to specialise your studies if you wish. If you wish to develop a set of relevant practical skills that can be applied to global health  programming and Interventions, you can enrol on our new MSc Applied Global Health. This degree will give you the skills and competencies you need to promote health of populations through contextually appropriate health policies, services and interventions.

Alternatively, you can choose a more focused pathway at the outset, with either our MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health or MSc Mental Health and Psychosocial Support. You can also choose to study for one of our PgCert qualifications such as in Health Interventions in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings or Mental Health and
Psychosocial Support. These can be a good option if you have time, work or other commitments that would conflict with studying for a full master’s. We have deliberately designed our courses to be as flexible as possible, so you can apply for the course that best suits your career needs and later revise your choice before progressing to the
dissertation stage (this is subject to you having studied the appropriate modules).

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Interventions in Fragile and ConflictAffected Settings

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 postconflict 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 15-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.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip or a PgCert. 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 presentations. For your dissertation projects, you can chose to do a desk study involving a literature review or conduct primary data collection in collaboration with national or international organisations working in health and development.

Teaching hours and attendance

Your exact attendance requirements at QMU will depend on the module you are studying and whether you are studying full-time or part-time. In addition, for each module students spend approximately 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.


You will study a total of 60 credits, comprising two core modules (Health Systems in Fragile States and 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 are correct at time of publication (September 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

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


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 Coordinator 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, and others have progressed to doctoral studies.

As a graduate of the MSc Global Health you will be ideally equipped for employment as a global health practitioner, senior health manager or policy maker working in, or advising, a developing country or one in economic transition.

The MSc Applied Global Health will enable you to work on programming related aspects such as monitoring and evaluation, programme design and management and developing and implementing research studies.

MSc Sexual and Reproductive health graduates will be well equipped for employment as a global health practitioner with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health issues. Graduates have secured technical, advocacy and leadership positions with national and global programmes, addressing such issues as safe motherhood, adolescent friendly health services, health of sexual minorities, HIV treatment and prevention and FGM.

The MSc in MSc Mental Health and Psychosocial Support will equip you for employment in the health and humanitarian sectors with a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing issues for women, children and men. We anticipate that graduates from this MSc will find employment with child-focused agencies, refugee integration
programmes, organisations running gender-based violence interventions in fragile settings and in programmes related work in global settings.

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 (, Scottish International Development Alliance, Development Studies Association, Scottish Government, and the 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


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 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 – 7 years
Start Date
September 2021
Study Abroad
Institute for Global Health and Development
Fees & Funding

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