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MSc Global Health

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MSc Global Health


Qualification MSc.
Duration One year Full time
Next Intake September 2024

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The MSc in Global Health is a multi-disciplinary course using biosocial models to address global health challenges. The course provides students with academic knowledge and practical skills to become leaders in global health research, policy and practice


Welcome and thank you for your interest in the MSc in Global Health at the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Dublin. Our programme emphasises excellence in teaching and interdisciplinary research, while engaging with important conceptual and theoretical debates that shape our world including globalisation, liberalisation, feminism, human rights and equality.

Our mix of students from low, middle and high income countries, provides opportunities for learning across different cultural and contextual situations.  Students from diverse professions including clinical, biomedical, and social science disciplines consistently question each-others assumptions providing a rich dynamic for explorative learning and debate.  

The Coronavirus pandemic has provided a unique lens through which our lived experiences of Covid-19 will help to shape our understanding of global health in 2020. The socio-political, economic and historical drivers of health inequality are central to our understanding of health and health systems, specifically the incentives, relationships and contested nature of power between nations, groups and individuals that shape policy and practice for health.  The MSc in Global Health will strengthen your capacity to critically appraise health-related policy and programming across a range of themes that reflect the policy priorities of the international agenda for sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals, 2030.

Trinity will be open to all students from 28th September 2020. The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority and we will have a range of measures in place in the Trinity Centre for Global Health including small-group teaching in well-ventilated classrooms supported by pre and post-lecture self-directed learning and online supervision.

Our website provides detailed information about the MSc in Global Health programme and the admissions process, and Trinity’s Covid-19 page will answer all your Coronavirus-related questions. The answers to many of your questions will be found here but if you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact us.

Dr Felicity Daly
Course Director



This innovative and successful programme, run by the Trinity Centre for Global Health, aims to provide graduates with a greater appreciation of the global interconnectedness of health problems and to equip them with a range of analytical and methodological skills to address the challenges of global health. Designed for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions, the programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach that integrates health and social science perspectives to analyse, design, implement and evaluate health programmes within a global context.

Global health is an attempt to address health problems and issues that transcend national boundaries, and are informed by the circumstances and experiences of countries in differing contexts. The underlying assumption is that the world’s health problems are shared and are best tackled by cooperative action and the sharing of innovative solutions. 

The MSc in Global Health augments traditional approaches to public and international health by bringing together perspectives and insights from a range of health and social sciences in understanding and resolving the challenges of global health. These problems may arise, for example, in relief and development programmes in developing countries; in conflict and post-conflict situations; with refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants; with tourists and business travellers. All countries give rise to inequities in health, wealth, education and human rights, and the interconnectedness of these issues will be a major theme running throughout the course.

The course also lays emphasis on ‘local' experiences that resonates globally in the case of Ireland. These include the influence of poverty and rapid social change on health and identity in Ireland; migration and refugee welfare, the consequences of ethnic conflict, the peace process and the challenges of reconciliation for creating inclusive health services. The strongest emphasis within the course is on health in developing countries and the impact of globalisation.

What is Global Health?

Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasises transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdiscipinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.

Definition from Koplan JP et al. (2009) Towards a common definition of global health. The Lancet 373, 1993-1995.

Programme Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to equip students with the analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges of global health whether they are in high-income or low-income countries. On successful completion of this programme graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of current perspectives and insights from a range of health and social sciences to understand the broader and interconnecting causes of the world’s health problems and inequities, and be able to propose viable solutions.
  2. Apply a range of analytical and methodological skills to address the multifaceted challenges of global health in an ethically responsible manner and to contribute on a broader scale to the design, implementation and evaluation of health programmes
  3. Apply knowledge, handle complexity and exercise best judgements, individually and in groups, when faced with inevitable health challenges created by diverse settings by utilising leadership and other key skills
  4. Effectively communicate through appropriate media and audiences, and efficiently take responsibility to complete complex health-related activities individually and in groups
  5. Demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills and capacity for self-directed learning to advance professionally in the field of global health through further study or work in countries at any level of development
  6. Independently plan and conduct a global health-related research project in a domestic or international setting and disseminate research findings accordingly

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The programme adopts the following methods to facilitate teaching and learning among participants:

  • Teaching based on evidence from current research
  • A learning methodology that stresses active participation of students and acknowledgement and utilization of the varied experience that each participant brings to the course
  • Team based learning and teaching that reflects the reality in which people work in the global health arena
  • An assessment strategy that allows students to direct both individual assignments and dissertations to their own career interests and professional development
  • An assessment strategy which encourages students to develop critical appraisal, analytical and methodological capabilities to address the challenges of global health
  • A range of strategies that encourages self directed learning and individual ownership and utilization of learning opportunities.

Students are expected to be active in charting the direction of their learning and utilization of available learning opportunities. Based on the above, the teaching and learning methods include:

Self-Directed Study
Self-directed study is a major component of the course. With this method, participants are encouraged to utilize the wide range of learning resources at their disposal, some of which are introduced at the beginning of the course. Students are advised to set aside study time each week, ideally on Thursday and Fridays which are lecture-free days during Term 1. As the assessment is ongoing throughout the year, students need to be disciplined in organising time for writing assignments. Some study time has been scheduled into the timetable. This is primarily to allow students to source material in the libraries and work in study groups.

Formal Lectures
These facilitate orientation to topics and issues and presentation of relevant updated information and specialized knowledge in an organized manner. At the Masters level, lectures provide useful background information that aid critical assessment of module materials and self directed learning.

Interactive Lectures and Discussions
This is a situation where the module coordinator or a member of the class leads in the discussion of issues, which were raised during presentations. Participants are encouraged to interact and share their knowledge with others in the group. This provides an opportunity to explore the varied experience of participants within the group.

Seminars and Presentations
Seminars and presentations give participants the opportunity to investigate topics and present their findings to the rest of the group. They are useful in that they enable participants acquire investigatory experience, the sharing of knowledge gained and the justification to others of the conclusions reached.

This encourages participatory learning exercises where students are allocated to small groups to share knowledge and experiences and attempt to resolve problems arising from lectures and self directed study.

Case Studies
Detailed case studies may be used as a teaching method to comprehensively describe a number of global health issues. Using real-life situations will help students consider a number of important lessons and appreciate the complexity of global health.


Admission to the MSc in Global Health programme at Trinity College Dublin is competitive with a maximum of 20 students per year.  Applicants should possess a strong academic record, international experience, and an interest in global health issues.

The online application system is available from late November in the year prior to entry, and applications will be reviewed following three rounds of admissions.  The three application deadlines are the first day of February, April and the last day of June.  Please note that Government of Ireland Scholarship applicants must apply to the course before the 1st February deadline. Your application and all supporting materials, including references, must be received by these deadlines.  It is advised to submit your complete application as early as possible prior to the deadline.  Late applications may be accepted after the final application deadline if places are still available, please e-mail to enquire.

For more information for prospective students to Trinity College Dublin, please visit the Graduate Studies Office website:

Application Procedure

Applicants for the MSc in Global Health must apply online through   by the deadline.  To apply, go to  
Along with the online application, additional supporting documents are required as follows:

  • Personal statement stating your interest in global health issues, why you wish to participate in the course, prior global health experience, and your career aspirations (not more than 500 words)
  • Curriculum vitae/résumé outlining academic achievements, awards and relevant work/volunteer experience
  • Copies of degree certificates
  • Copies of certificates of English language competence (for applicants whose native language is not English or whose language of previous university education is not English)
  • Two letters of reference signed by referee, one of whom should be able to comment on your academic ability.
  • Documents in support of EU fee paying status (for applicants from the European Union)
  • Copy of passport photo page

All of these documents are to be uploaded onto your online application

Please note that your application cannot be considered until you have submitted all of the required supplementary forms.
An online application processing fee of €55 is payable by debit or credit card at the time of application.  Please note that the online application processing fee is non-refundable.

Application Review

Submitted applications will be reviewed following the three rounds of admissions. 

A certain number of offers are available after each round of admissions and each applicant will receive notification from the Academic Registry.  If you have been successful, the Academic Registry will make you an offer and include a deadline to receive your decision.  If you choose to accept this offer, a deposit towards the tuition fee will be required.  If no additional places are available during a particular round of admissions, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for acceptance will be notified that their application will be considered as part of the next round of admissions.  If there are no further rounds of admissions or there are no additional places available, you will be placed on a waiting list in case any places become available. 

Entry Requirements

This programme is intended for individuals from a wide range of disciplines and professions who wish to develop an understanding of health issues that integrate health and social science perspectives in a global context. As global health is a multidisciplinary field, applicants can be graduates of any academic discipline. 

Trinity College Dublin has high academic entry requirements for postgraduate courses.  Applicants will need to hold:

  • At least a 2.1 honours degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
  • A fluent command of the English language (requirements below)

In addition to the general entry requirements for postgraduate study in Trinity College, applicants must have a demonstrated interest and/or experience in global health or health issues in developing countries.

Further information for applicants from outside of Ireland is available from the Graduate Studies Office: and the International Office: 

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English, must provide supporting documentary evidence of their competence in English.

The following tests results are recognised:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5 with no individual band below 6
  • TOEFL: 88 – internet-based, 230 – computer-based, 570 – paper-based
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

Prospective applicants can get further clarification on entry requirements directly from the Graduate Studies Office:

Computer Competency

Although not an entry requirement, applicants are expected to be proficient users of a computer with the ability to perform the basic tasks needed to work efficiently (using e-mail, searching the internet, and creating documents). Computers are used throughout the programme and more advanced applications will be introduced such as SPSS (statistical analysis software) and NVivo (qualitative data analysis software). Successful applicants with a low computer competency will be encouraged to take an introduction to computers course prior to starting the programme.

Course Fees

The course fee for the MSc in Global Health is determined by residency.  Possession of a European Union passport or citizenship does not automatically grant entitlement to EU fees, as fee status is based on residency.  Only students who enrol on the full-time programmes can apply for a student visa.

Student fees can be obtained from the Financial Services Division (under Student Finance) Course Fees

In addition to the course fee, prospective students must also ensure available funds for living expenses and other costs while studying.  Students who decide to complete their research projects overseas will need additional funds of up to €1,500 to cover the costs involved.


Trinity College Dublin offers a number of scholarship opportunities for prospective and current students interested in study or research at Ireland's leading university. Since its foundation in 1592 Trinity College Dublin has sought to assist students of limited means and reward academic achievement. Specific scholarships exist for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students. Information on these scholarships can be found here:

Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme

Applicants from Irish Aid priority countries (Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia) are eligible for funding through the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme.  Each year, the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme funds a small number of suitably qualified candidates from Irish Aid priority countries to undertake postgraduate study in Ireland with the aim of supporting and enhancing the contribution recipients can make to development effort in their own countries. 

Application forms for the Fellowship Training Programme are available at Irish Embassies in partner countries.  The application deadline for the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme is 31 December prior to year of study.  You must make an application for both the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme and for the MSc in Global Health programme, as these are separate application processes. 

Further information about the Irish Aid Fellowship Training Programme, including eligibility, is available from the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) website:

Other Funding Sources

Trinity College Dublin does not offer funding for students on taught courses.  The Graduate Studies Office provides information regarding funding available from external sources:

Most students will receive funding from their employers, governments, international agencies, trusts, charities, personal savings and loans from family and friends. Applicants are advised to seek funding early, preferably in the year before commencement. Most sponsors have information about application procedure and closing dates on their website.

There are many funding sources available, particularly for applicants from developing countries. These include the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme, the Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, etc. The most common source of funding for students on the programme is the Irish Council for International Students (see information above).

Most sponsors have a set of criteria against which decisions on award are made and it is important that applicants are aware of these. When making an application, you are advised to send in your CV and covering letter stating why you are worthy of an award and also the use to which you intend to put the potential qualification.

China Scholarship Council (CSC) – Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin and the China Scholarship Council affiliated with the Ministry of Education in China are offering a number of scholarships to Chinese students who wish to pursue a PhD at Trinity. Trinity is now inviting applications for the CSC-Trinity College Dublin Joint Scholarship Programme for 2021. The Global Relations Office are happy to support interested students and academic supervisors with their application. Each scholarship will include a full fee-waiver from Trinity, and a stipend for living costs, airfare and health insurance, provided by the CSC (bench fees are not included). If you are a visiting scholar or interested in hosting a visiting scholar, please see the bottom of the page for relevant information. For questions, please contact Dominique Luthringer, Regional Manager – Eastern Europe, Central and East Asia at


根据中国国家留学基金管理委员会与爱尔兰都柏林圣三一大学签署的合作备忘录,双方共同设立了中国国家留学基金管理委员会与爱尔兰都柏林圣三一大学合作奖学金,拟共同资助中国优秀人员赴爱尔兰都柏林圣三一大学攻读博士学位或进行博士学位联合培养。 都柏林圣三一大学提供学费和研究费用;国家留学基金提供一次往返国际旅费和资助期限内的奖学金。


Programme Structure

The MSc in Global Health is a one-year, full-time programme. Students must complete the equivalent of 90 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits to graduate: 60 ECTS credits for the taught component and 30 ECTS credits for the dissertation. The academic year is divided into three terms: Michaelmas (Term 1), Hilary (Term 2) and Trinity (Term 3). The first two terms form the taught component of the course, and the last term is to finalise the research dissertation requirement.

Modules may change from year to year in order to reflect current thematic changes and remain relevant and responsive to international policy priorities for health.  

Modules taught this year included:

Conceptualisations of Global Health, Health Economics and Finance, Qualitative Research Methods and SPSS, Quantitative Research Methods for Global Heatlh, Mental and Cognitive Health and Ageing: A Global Perspective, Epidemiology, Health Environment and Climate, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Culture Health and Illness .



Research Project Locations of Previous Students

Graduates of the MSc in Global Health programme have produced a diverse range of research dissertations.  Titles of these dissertations are available in the MSc in Global Health Alumni section:

Current Students

Current MSc in Global Health students can log on to the dedicated course websiteTCD Blackboard

MSc Global Health 2022/23

Student Country  Background
Boyd, Aoibhinn   Irish Health and Society
Dinh, Rachel   American Anthropologoy
Giliu, Samsom   Eritrean Public Health
Gopalakrishnan, Arya   Indian Dentistry
Heniff, Lauren Elizabeth  American Publin Health
Ismael, Herieth Wilson  Tanzanian Medicine
Jacob, Sera Rachel  Indian Medicine
Jiménez Chiarri, Carlos Spanish Nursing
Kamara, Jeneba Lamrana  Sierra Leonean Medicine
Kapuwa, Margaret Seibatu  Sierra Leonean Medicine
Marayati, Naoum Fares   American Psychology
Mudanisse, Helga Albertina  Mozambican Nutrition
Nethan, Sarah Tanishka  Indian Social Design Research
Qannita, Majd Khamis Yassin Palestinian Medicine
Ramadani, Kaleda   Irish Social Science
Ramatowski, Maggie   American Global Health and Psychology
Sesay, Mohamed Abdul  Sierra Leonean Medicine




For further information about past graduates and their research projects please click on the link below.