Public Health MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

January 2017, September 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 12 months full-time (September starts), 15 months full-time (January starts), up to 2 years part-time.

Start dates: September (Chelmsford only), January (Cambridge only).
Teaching times: Wednesdays 9am-4pm.


Gain the knowledge and skills you need for a public health career worldwide. From epidemiological research to addiction and disease, policy-making to service commissioning, this course covers the key concepts.

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Full description


Whether you want to work in local public services or for a global non-governmental organisation, we'll provide you with valuable knowledge and skills.

In fact this is ideal academic and career development for anyone in any capacity where public health and well-being is a consideration.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Addictions and Communicable Disease Management
    Develop skills for presenting detailed clinical information on particular conditions. During this module you’ll develop a critical understanding of two contrasting types of widespread forms of public health challenge: those presented by addictions (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, food etc) and the public health issues associated with infectious disease management within the UK, Europe and globally. The social, economic, cultural and political determinants affecting the health and wellbeing of populations around the world in relation to addictions and infections will be addressed. Critical comparisons will be made between developed and developing world strategies, the influence of multinational markets, pandemic and epidemic management, and central and local initiatives.
  • Essential Issues in Public Health Policy
    During this module you will develop a critical understanding of public health. You will be encouraged to engage in critical debate using historical and theoretical perspectives to examine major public health issues and policy developments. You will be encouraged to draw on and share your own experience to inform your understanding of contemporary public health. Emphasis will be placed on collaborative working in evaluating current policies and practices, as well as in generating new ideas. Social inequalities, particularly the widening health gap, are a key theme in developing and developed nations. You will have the opportunity to apply generalised knowledge to specific areas of public health policy and practice, and to reflect critically on the implications of policy interventions across disciplines and agencies.
  • Epidemiological Research Methods
    Learn about the statistical and research techniques to manage the gathering, presentation and interpretation of public health data. Epidemiology is an underlying feature of all our course modules, but this module will provide the practical skills needed to interpret data, the opportunity to explore and review the research process (research protocols, literature review, design, methodology and presentation of findings) and the skills to evaluate public health research data.
  • Strategic Management and Commissioning
    Here, you will become familiarised with the planning and types of various community assessment methods that inform priority-setting and equable service provision. The module will introduce the principles and methods of partnership working, leadership and change management. It’ll offer you the opportunity to develop leadership skills within an inter-professional context in order to achieve public health improvement. It’s aimed at developing skills in carrying out population needs-assessments and setting local priorities and commissioning in health, local government and third-sector services. These skills can be extrapolated to countries outside the European Union. This module is multidisciplinary in content, drawing on sociological, behavioural, psychological and contemporary public health perspectives with students from various disciplines sharing practical applied experience.
  • Major Project
    The Major Project is of central importance to your Masters award. You’ll be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules as well as using that learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing a research or work-based project.


To graduate you need to demonstrate that you've a sound understanding of the theory you've learnt and the ability to apply it. We've designed coursework and assessment with this in mind. You'll be assessed through essays, reports, case studies, data analysis, patchwork text, a portfolio and your Masters project.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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