M.Sc. Public Health Practice

Queen Margaret University

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,350 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,040 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This course is suitable for all those currently involved, or who wish to be involved, in any aspect of public health. The course is relevant to the broad public health multidisciplinary workforce and it meets the public health professional practice needs of local authorities, NHS, and the voluntary sector.

This course enables individuals to attain competency in public health practice. It facilitates the acquisition of the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for working in a range of different posts in public health, health promotion and health improvement activities. It also meets the skills for health competencies for public health practice. One of the courses key strengths is the focus on learning through work-based placements and projects.

The course was developed in partnership with a wide range of employers in public health in Scotland and provides an excellent grounding for people in Scotland, the UK, Europe and the wider international market.


EXIT AWARDS: MSc(180 credits) )/PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Delivery: At QMU with additional online learning

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest

Duration: Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Start date: September

Application deadline: None

Teaching, learning and assessment: Teaching is designed to develop skills in critical analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application to practice and may include lectures, seminars, group work, independent work and practice placements.
Assessment strategies are designed to encompass development of transferrable skills to ensure the rigour of academic thinking and also to promote the achievement of the students personal and professional goals. The varied assessment strategies include personal critiques, portfolios, literature reviews, and reports. Masters students will be given guidance and feedback on their projects through the supervisory process.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module which you study on-campus will require you to attend classes and carry out independent work. Your attendanc requirements at QMU will depend on which module you are studying and whether you are studying full or part-time.

Links with industry/professional bodies: The course has links with the health boards and local authority public health and community development services.


* Public Health Perspectives A and B
* Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Health and Social Care/
* Research Methods (double)
* Working with and for Communities
* Promoting Health of Populations
* Dissertation (MSc only)

All modules= 15 credits each
Dissertation =60 credits


Normally an Honours degree in a relevant subject or relevant work experience with evidence of recent continuing professional development at degree level.

International: Where your Honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Criminal records check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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