Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant degree: medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, biomedical and biological sciences, statistics, geography, politics, psychology, and social sciences. Preference will be given to candidates with excellent academic results in their undergraduate degree and demonstrated interest in public health through work experience, volunteering or research. Additionally, evidence of numeracy skills is required (for example, a minimum of GCSE mathematics at grade B or evidence of strong numeracy skills from an undergraduate degree).

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc will prepare you for a public health career in settings such as health services, government, research and the not-for-profit sector. You will gain core skills and knowledge that are applicable for public health work in the UK and internationally. These include critically appraising evidence, analysing and interpreting data, research methods, and applying methods to protect health, prevent ill-health and improve health services. The programme is suitable for students from clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.

The MSc covers the principles and practice of public health, health improvement, health protection, epidemiology and statistics, research methods and evaluation, health economics, ethics and healthcare services. You will learn from public health professionals, including colleagues from Public Health England, including colleagues from UK Health Security Agency local government and the National Health Service, in addition to research-led teaching from multidisciplinary academic experts.

Your dissertation - which can be based on either the ALSPAC cohort, a literature review, qualitative data or your own research topic - will take the form of a journal article and opens the possibility of publication. The programme covers many parts of the Faculty of Public Health's Diplomate Exam.

The Department of Population Health Sciences has international excellence in research methods, health protection research, and developing and evaluating public health interventions. The Centre for Public Health is a member of the National Institute of Health Research's School for Public Health and Health Protection Research Unit in Behavioural Science and Evaluation.

Watch our video to learn more about the programme, discover what you'll be studying and hear from postgraduate students.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

International scholars from Chevening, Commonwealth, Fulbright and Marshall are welcome to apply for this MSc.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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