Taught course

Public Health

Nottingham Trent University · Division of Criminology, Public Health and Policy Studies

Entry requirements

You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related subject. Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences in the multidisciplinary public health territory (e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience - either paid or unpaid) and knowledge and skills would enable them to study this course at Masters Level in their Personal Statement. English language requirements for international students can be found at www.ntu.ac.uk/international.

Months of entry


Course content

This course has been designed in response to contemporary international debates about the changing nature and shifting boundaries of multidisciplinary public health.

Taught from a social rather than a medical perspective, it focuses on the strategic and international elements of public health, environment and sustainable development that are critical to effective multidisciplinary practice in these fields reflecting leading-edge, current developments.

The programme provides the opportunity to engage with a wide and diverse curricula including:

  • sustainable development
  • social determinants of health
  • politics
  • ethics
  • international public health.

It is suitable for recently qualified graduates or those already in employment.

Graduates of this master's course will:

  • be inspired about the potential to act as change agents within multi-disciplinary public health settings
  • bring an extensive knowledge of public health with a critical awareness of the philosophical, theoretical and methodological issues to bear on the discipline
  • adopt an independent and reflective approach to their learning and future careers.

Continuing Professional Development
You can pursue individual modules as part of continuing professional development activity (CPD) with the opportunity to progress through Certificate, Diploma or Masters levels if you so wish.

The programme provides the opportunity to engage with a wide and diverse curricula and modules may include:

  • Concepts of Health and Healing
  • Public Health, Sustainability and Community
  • Critical Philosophical Debate
  • Policy and Practice in Multidisciplinary Public Health
  • Research Methods
  • International Politics of Health
  • Dissertation.

Or in place of a Dissertation, you can opt to take two 30 credit modules instead:

  • Professional Practice in Public Health
  • Research Project.

Modules may also be taken as part of continuing professional development (CPD).

For more information about the modules you may study, please visit our website.

Delivery and assessment
The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, group work and one to one supervision. Students receive support throughout their studies from committed and enthusiastic teaching staff, who are also involved in research activity.

The course employs a varied assessment regime, which includes essays, reports, portfolio and presentations. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to design, implement and present a significant piece of research relevant topic of your choice.


The course cultivates intellectual and research skills, experience and knowledge suitable for effective practice in a wide range of multidisciplinary public health sectors. You will be equipped to progress into policy, research and practice roles in the public, private or voluntary arenas in the UK or internationally. For those already employed it provides transferable skills such as independent critical thought, analysis and evaluation, partnership working skills and self-directed learning.

Information for international students

As an international school, we are committed to enhancing our cultural and intellectual diversity. We therefore like to encourage applications from students across the world who feel we can offer them the educational opportunities they are seeking at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. To find out more visit www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Modules are also available as part of continuing professional development (CPD).


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)115 848 4460