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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Global Pharmacy

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Global Pharmacy

Key areas of study

  • Social determinants of health and ill health
  • Global burden and management of disease
  • Access to good quality medicines
  • Affordability of medicines
  • Supply chain management
  • Rational use of medicines
  • The role of the pharmaceutical industry in global health
  • Pharmacy and global health
  • Pharmacy and humanitarian responses

Course overview

The course develops students’ understanding of how pharmacy can impact global health. Students are provided with a foundation in the complex determinants of health and the global burden and management of disease.

The curriculum then focuses on the twin strands of pharmaceuticals and pharmacists, and their role in improving global health, with a particular emphasis on addressing health inequities. The course brings together experts from many disciplines to deliver a vibrant and stimulating programme.

The Global Pharmacy course is suitable for anyone interested in taking a multidisciplinary approach to how pharmacy and global health are related.

This course is particularly relevant for pharmacists, those working in the pharmaceutical industry and pharmaceutical policy makers, as well as others interested in how global health and pharmacy intersect.

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“This unique and innovative course explores how pharmacists and pharmaceuticals affect the health of the world’s populations. You will learn from experts in a supportive and friendly environment, preparing you for your role in improving global health.”

Dr Sarah Marshall, Teaching Fellow in Global Health, BSMS

"The module was filled with enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers from around the globe. I can't imagine having access to such a variety of expertise on any other course!"

Karin Remmelzwaal, Access to Medicines module student 2016-2017

"This module has not only taught me a lot about the complexity and importance of access to medicines, but has given me the chance to hear from and interact with some inspirational people working in the field. It has been a truly engaging and eye-opening module"

Jennifer Hockey, Access to Medicines module student 2016-2017


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Course benefits 

This course equips students to apply their specialist knowledge and skills to make a unique contribution to improving global health through pharmacy. 

The course has a particular focus on overcoming health inequities: the avoidable differences in health globally. Graduates will have the skills to work as global pharmacy practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers, with international health and development agencies or in global health-related aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.

Course structure


  • Global Health Principles
  • Access to Medicines
  • Pharmacy and Global Health


  • Global Health Principles
  • Global Burden and Management of Disease
  • Research Methods and Critical Appraisal 
  • Access to Medicines
  • Pharmacy and Global Health


  • Global Health Principles
  • Global Burden and Management of Disease
  • Research Methods & Critical Appraisal 
  • Access to Medicines
  • Pharmacy and Global Health
  • Dissertation (Research Project)

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.

English Language (IELTS):  A minimum score of 7, with no less than 6.5 in each section

Global Pharmacy MSc Scholarship

BSMS offers a scholarship for students admitted to the full-time Masters degree in Global Pharmacy at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research.

The scholarships are funded by BSMS, and confirm the emergence of the Global Health and Infection department as a national and international leader in Global Health and Global Pharmacy postgraduate study. The BSMS Global Pharmacy scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic and/or professional merit and financial need. The scholarship provides one £2,500 award towards tuition fees.

UK, EU and International (Non UK/EU) students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Application procedure

You must first apply for admission to the Global Pharmacy MSc course via our online application process (see 'apply here' section). You will need your applicant number to complete the BSMS Global Pharmacy Scholarship application form.

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The completed application form should be submitted as a single Word document saved as a PDF and sent via email to Dr Sarah Marshall ( by 10am on 31 July 2017 (UK time). The subject of your email should read BSMS Global Pharmacy Scholarship.Successful candidate(s) will be notified by 22 August 2017. Unfortunately we are not able to provide feedback regarding unsuccessful applications.

Fees and funding (2017-18)


UK / EU / Island students £7,650
International £14,490


UK £5,100
International £9,660


UK £2,550
International £4,830


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, including the PG Clinical Diploma Physician Associate course, are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2017/18. 

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Government loans for postgraduate study are now available for the Global Pharmacy MSc. For more information about PG loans, visit