King's College London

Course Introduction

BSc in Global Health & Social Medicine is a unique interdisciplinary programme designed for those who wish to understand the social determinants of health and illness in a global context, and to know and evaluate the range of medical and healthcare approaches that seek to tackle disease and alleviate inequalities in health. For the BSc programme applicant will choose 1 of 3 pathways: ageing; neuroscience; pharmacology.

Course Modules

Year 1 core: Introduction to Global Health; introduction to social medicine; SSHM research practice and design studio. Students must take 30 credits modules in one of the following biomedical streams: Ageing, neuroscience, pharmacology. Year 2 core: Key Concepts in Global Health; Key Concepts in Social Medicine. Students must take 30 credits (CP) in one of the following biomedical streams: Ageing; neuroscience; pharmacology. Year 2 options: An optional approved module from SSHM or allied department. Indicative modules include: Pharmaceuticals and Society; genomics and society; mental health and society; addiction and society; ageing in global society; disability and society. Students may substitute a period of internship for one option on this list. Year 3 core: Contemporary crises in global health and social medicine; Dissertation. Students must take 30 credits (CP) from approved optional modules in one of the following biomedical streams: Ageing, neuroscience, pharmacology. Year 3 options: An optional approved module from SSHM or allied department. Indicative modules include: Pharmaceuticals and society; genomics and society; mental health and society; addiction and society; ageing in global society; disability and society.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate 35
  • GCE A-level AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Key Course Information

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87% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 63%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 82%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 77%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 50
Studying 35
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 0

30% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 40%

Total Coursework: 60%

£5,980 - £6,740
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,400
Typical cost of private accommodation