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Programme Structure

The Master of Science in International Health (MScIH) is a modular programme, allowing for full-time (1 year) and part-time (up to 5 years) study. Before commencing the programme applicants should decide which mode of delivery they want to follow. Both study options lead to the same degree, but  differ in terms of time and flexibility.

     1. Core Course (20 ECTS)

The core course consists of six units of study. Each unit focuses on a specific topic in the context of International Health, e.g. health problems and their determinants, research methods, and health policy and management. The core course runs over a period of 14 weeks from September to December every year and accounts for a total of 20 ECTS points.

     2. Advanced Modules (20 ECTS)

Advanced modules allow students to gain in-depth knowledge on selected topics and to specialize in specific aspects of international health based on personal interests and needs. Advanced modules also expose participants to other students and researchers in the field of international health. After successfully completing the core course both full-time and part-time students must undertake a series of advanced modules, totaling 20 ECTS points.

     3. Thesis and Oral Exam (20 ECTS)

Under the supervision of an academic adviser, participants will write a thesis on an important health issue based on qualitative and quantitative information from a literature review or primary study. Once the thesis has been completed and submitted, students will have to take a final oral exam covering content from the core course, the advanced modules and the thesis.