Public Health, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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The programme is designed for students who wish to gain an appreciation of how different scientific disciplines can be used to structure enquiry and develop the knowledge base for research and professional practice in epidemiology, public health and social science, ethics and health.


The Master of Public Health is an on-campus, one-year taught programme that offers training across the broad range of public health activity and that will develop your research skills for a future career in public health research. Formerly an MSc in Public Health Research, this programme will award a Master of Public Health to those who commence the programme in September 2011 onwards.

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. The Master of Public Health was launched in 2004 and builds on a long history in and an excellent reputation for taught post graduate training in public health sciences. The education offered by the Master of Public Health aims to be relevant to a range of public health professionals and researchers, and to fulfil the knowledge and research training needs of those wishing to address the contemporary challenges of carrying out research in the public health field. The Master of Public Health is designed for those who wish to gain an appreciation of how different scientific disciplines can be used to structure enquiry and develop the knowledge base for research and professional practice in epidemiology, public health and social science, ethics and health.

Programme Structure

This programme is designed to allow students a great deal of flexibility, with a large range of elective courses and a dissertation which gives students the experience of carrying out research in a public health context.


The programme is structured so that in the first semester students take core courses to help them develop skills and understanding which will assist them in progressing to the elective courses in the second semester.

Teaching is by a variety of methods, including lectures, practicals, group work, seminars and workshops.

Course assessments are mainly essay-based, but with some examinations and assessed presentations.

Examples of coursework include:

  • Developing a grant proposal

  • Critical appraisal of published papers

  • Critical discussion of current health topics

  • Design of a health promotion programme

  • Undertaking and analysing qualitative interviews

  • Systematic review

  • Analysis and reporting of a dataset


During the remainder of the year (April to August), students undertake an original research project leading to submission of a dissertation. The dissertation research project might involve:

  • a review of existing published research

  • quantitative or qualitative analysis of data to answer a specified research question, either -

    • using data already available from a secondary source, or

    • after collecting the new primary data needed for the intended analysis

Examples of past dissertations include:

  • A qualitative study of feeding practices amongst young mothers in Edinburgh's British Pakistani population in regards to their children

  • Red blood cell transfusion in intensive care: A review of the Intensive Care Study of Coagulopathy (ISOC) dataset

  • Sclerotherapy for lower limb telangiectasias: A systematic review for the Peripheral Vascular Diseases Group of the Cochrane Collaboration

  • Genetic risk factors for Multiple Sclerosis in the Northern Isles of Scotland

  • Barriers to implementing telemetrically supported care: A secondary analysis of qualitative data from three Scottish trials

  • Qualitative study of perceived barriers to malaria prevention and control interventions in Lilongwe, Malawi

  • Systematic Review on the morbidity and mortality attributable to influenza in children aged 0-5 years

  • Attitudes, beliefs and perceptions towards smokeless tobacco - A systematic review

  • Older people's perceptions and experiences of maintaining health in later life: implications for health promotion and public health policy

  • Adolescent cancer patients: The models of care and the unmet needs

  • Peripheral Voices: An investigation into the provision, experiences and outcomes of a voluntary sector counselling service

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

The equivalent of a UK 2:1 (2nd Class: Division 1) or above is required. Eligibility for students with degrees awarded outside the UK will be based on the National Academic Recognition Information Centre scheme.

We will also need to see your academic transcript (or an interim transcript if you have not yet finished your undergraduate programme).

If you have a degree and substantial relevant work experience but fall below these academic requirements your application may still be considered. Contact us for further information.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16500 International
  • GBP 8100 EU/EEA


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