Research course

Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Services Research

Newcastle University · Faculty of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

MPhil: A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject. PhD: A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Further research experience or a Master’s degree would be advantageous. MD: A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The Institute of Health and Society has an international reputation in translational research aimed at promoting evidence-based policy and practice for the benefit of patient and population health. Postgraduate research supervision is available in applied epidemiology, decision making and organisation of care, life-course, development and ageing, and public health improvement.
Research in the Institute of Health and Society (IHS) is organised into four themes and underpinned by four discipline groups. As a research student, you will be fully integrated in a theme or group. You will have a team of supervisors, including clinicians or policy makers from a range of health and social care settings. Current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles.
  • applied epidemiology
  • decision making and organisation of care
  • life-course, development and ageing
  • public health improvement.

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Department specialisms

Applied epidemiology [maternal and perinatal health, childhood cancer, life course epidemiology], decision making and organisation of care [implementation/improvement science, shared decision making/patient-centred care, experience of health, illness and healthcare], life-course, development and ageing [ageing and health, transitions in health and disability, understanding child disability, improving quality of life, technologies and the environment, cognitive impairment and dementia], public health improvement [understanding and tackling health inequalities, understanding and changing health related behaviours, evaluation of public health policy, public health nurtition, prevention of alcohol misuse]

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Janice Fuller, Postgraduate Administrator, Institute for Health and Society
+44 (0) 191 208 8754