Taught course

Health Promotion

University of Brighton · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Individual offers may vary. For non-native speakers of English: students whose first language is other than English must provide evidence of relevant levels of proficiency as recommended by the university for postgraduate study, ie IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing. Students with lower scores can enter through our extended masters programme (usually on the same visa), or register for pre-sessional English tuition. Further information at http://www.brighton.ac.uk/international. Other: applications are accepted throughout the year and prospective candidates are usually interviewed by telephone or Skype. Early application is recommended, particularly for international students, as time needs to be allowed for the IELTS and visa requirements. Offers will be made depending on the following criteria: academic qualifications, professional experience, personal profile, and academic writing skills. Claims for the Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning will be considered up to a maximum of 30 level 7 credits. Degree and/or experience: normally a good UK honours degree or equivalent recognised award from an overseas institution. Candidates with professional qualifications (eg nursing certificate) and/or directly relevant experience, and/or record of active involvement in civil society organisations will also be considered, although they will need to demonstrate ability to study and write at Level 7. English-speaking students from overseas are particularly welcome.

MSc, PGCert, PGDip

Months of entry


Course content

Our Health Promotion MSc is one pathway of study from our suite of four related health promotion masters courses (Health Promotion and Management, Health Promotion and Education, International Health Promotion) which share core modules.

All of the courses enable students to develop and extend their knowledge and skills in relation to internationally recognised core competencies in health promotion and public health. On completion of the course, students can operate effectively in local, national and international contexts.

Students are encouraged to reflect and evaluate their own values and practices, and are supported to better understand the complex and dynamic nature of health promotion processes and public health policy, and their relationship with underlying themes of social and health inequalities. During the course we will expect you to question, innovate, evaluate, advocate, experiment and put into play your critical and problem-solving skills within the supportive student environment.

Our health promotion courses attract students from a wide variety of professional and voluntary backgrounds ranging from those who are already working in health (eg nurses, midwives, health visitors and other professions allied to health) who want to improve their existing health promotion practice; people working in non-health settings who want to develop a health promotion aspect in their role (eg teachers, social workers, environmental health and probation staff); through to recent graduates from a variety of disciplines who want to broaden their undergraduate education by taking a health-related course. International students tend to take the courses full-time, many UK-based students study part-time and continue to work and take time off for study leave. For those who are working, the dissertation provides an opportunity to conduct a work-based learning project (if you wish), for example, evaluating or developing a particular aspect of your organisation's work from a health promotion perspective.

The multidisciplinary and international student mix provides a lively and stimulating classroom experience with plenty of interactive learning and sharing of experience. Contributors include local public health and health promotion practitioners, international health promotion academics and researchers and staff from the university's School of Nursing and Midwifery, Institute of Postgraduate Medicine (IPGM) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). The course benefits from educational exchanges with health promotion specialists at the University of Toronto and Hong Kong University.

Global health issues are considered throughout the teaching making the course relevant to participants from all types of economies. UK students value gaining a better understanding of international health for working with diverse communities in Britain, preparing them for working internationally and raising awareness of the challenges to public health in our globalised world. International students appreciate studying on a programme where their experiences were embraced in the classroom and further explored in private study assignments.

Formal teaching is supported by a series of extracurricular seminars both within the school, and through the Global Health Network which operates across University of Brighton, Brighton and Susses Medical School and University of Sussex.

The course has long-standing links with the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and previous students have volunteered at IUHPE international conferences.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students who meet the entry requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-72 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

01273 644076