Students research projects
The Global Health BSc projects provide a unique opportunity for students to develop a strong set of research skills. Projects are an attractive part of the course for many students because they immerse the students in real-life Global Health research context by positioning students within the research teams of what is an active, internationally-focusedand 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 of existing datasets. Others involve systematic reviews for public health, with international relevance. We also have projects which 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 project in collaboration with an overseas institution such as the World Health Organization or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or conducting fieldwork abroad in a low-to-middle income country (see examples provided below). 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, submitting short application statements. Students are then matched to projects/supervisors aiming to accommodate everyone’s preferences. For this reason, previous marks both from and outside the course are not considered for Project allocation. Short statements of interest alone are used in the allocation process. The selection process for international projects is the same as for London-based projects.
Examples of past projects:
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 in New York, and edited his documentary about 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 director and lead. Students interested in this need to contact the course coordinator during the summer.
Bangladesh: Dairy farming
Bangladesh: Arable produce
Uganda: Entebbe fisherman using traditional methods
Uganda: Entebbe woman dry curing the fish for food longevity