Students research projects
Students can choose to do a BSc project or a specialist taught course (Death Autopsy and the Law OR Medical Humanities). We recommend both specialist courses as high quality learning opportunities which are both relevant to Global Health.
The Global Health BSc projects are an option for students who would like to further their research skills. Projects are an attractive part of the course for many students because they provide an opportunity forhigh quality research experience by positioning students within the research teams of what is an active and research intensive environment.
How do BSc projects work?
We offer a wide range of BSc Projects. Some are London-based and focus on primary or secondary analyses pf existing datasets. Others involve systematic reviews for public health, with international relevance. Others yet involve the use of qualitative methods to address questions in health systems, technology or other relevant fields.
Every year we offer 2-5 fully funded projects abroad. These give students an opportunity to work on a placement carrying out a project at an overseas institution such as the World Health Organization or the Global Fund, or conducting fieldwork abroad in a low-to-middle income country (see examples provided). Past projects have included students going to ICDDR-B Bangladesh for projects related to climate change and health.
The allocation process:
Students are offered a list of projects in November and are required to apply for their top 6 choices. We allocate students to projects/supervisors aiming to accommodate everyone’s preferences. When more than one student applies to a project, in-course assessment marks (from the BSc year) and the application statement for the particular project are taken into account in the allocation. See below for students wanting to set up their own BSc project.
Some examples of past projects are below.
Minimum target prices for production of direct-acting antivirals and associated diagnostics to combat hepatitis C virus. For her BSc project, our alumnus Nikolien Van de Ven worked with our colleagues at the London Headquarters of Médecins Sans Frontières, calculating the minimum possible costs of DAAs treatment and diagnostic tools – these have the potential to reduce a significant proportion of the burden of disease associated with Hepatitis C globally but continue to be produced at prohibitive rates. The project exposed the feasibility of affordable drug production. Read the full paper.
Ethnic variation in cancer patients' ratings of information provision, communication and overall care. For her BSc project, our alumnus Lorna Trenchard analysed data from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey and her analysis outlined inequalities in cancer care amongst ethnic groups in the way that patients are given information and experience communication. Read the full paper.
Sea-level Rise in Bangladesh. In 2015 Zeina Fakhereddin and Jake Levi conducted fieldwork in coastal Bangladesh relating to their respective projects, “Climate change in Bangladesh: implications for health” and “The wider health impacts of climate change related salinization in littoral Bangladesh: An analysis towards a causal social-health framework”, both of which examined the impact of sea-level rise upon health outcomes in the region. During his project Jake also took some footage of his visit in Bangladesh. Since then, he has been to film school and has edited his documentary on the subject of climate change. Watch the video.
Can I set up my own BSc project?
Students may set up their own project but they are required to have an Imperial College supervisor and the project needs to be approved by course directors. Students interested in this need to contact the course coordinator during the summer.
Bangladesh (2015): A scene from the area visited by Jake and Zeina
Bangladesh (2015): Local children having fun in the water
Bangladesh (2015): Dairy farming
Bangladesh (2015): Arable produce
Uganda (2011): Entebbe fisherman using traditional methods
Uganda (2011): Entebbe lady dry curing the fish for food longevity
Uganda (2015): Elizabeth enjoys some time off