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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree provides you with a solid understanding in fundamental areas such as public health methodology, epidemiology, health policy, economics, education and health promotion. Delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online learning it allows a flexible, reflective, challenging, creative ad resourceful environment for postgraduate study. This Masters is aligned with the Faculty of Public Health in the UK and World Health Organization guidance for public health core subject domains.

It is suitable for both established and aspiring Public Health professionals, and it will provide a diverse portfolio of knowledge and experience, leading to many varied career opportunities.

Public Health is concerned with the health of the population as a whole, dealing with topics including hygiene, epidemiology, and disease prevention. As a discipline, it is extremely important both locally and globally as the financial burden of ill health increases its load on the National Health Service providers. Health policies built around changing population needs have improved the health in communities, but they continue to evolve with the expansion of global travel, increased incidence of novel diseases, antibiotic resistance and undesirable lifestyle choices. These are just a few of the recent Public Health issues brought into the spotlight of news and current affairs. With extreme global events such as tsunamis,  earthquakes and weather phenomena, the Public Health issues around the health of those affected are of great concern.

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Start Dates & Duration

There are two award options for this Master's degree: Master of Public Health and Master of Public Health (Professional Practice)*. In addition, there are two start dates: January and September each year.

For full-time study, the Professional Practice element usually adds an adidtional 3 months duration to your studies (and the equivalent part-time). Full details on the start dates and typical durations are as follows:

September Entry

  • MPH Sept entry: 1 year full-time, typically 1.5 years part-time 
  • MPH (Professional Practice) Sept entry: 15 months full-time, typically 2 years part-time

January Entry

  • MPH Jan entry: 1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time 
  • MPH (Professional Practice) Jan entry: 18 months full-time and typically 3 years part-time 

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Professional Practice*

The optional, 60-credit module of Professional Practice, additional to the award of MPH, will allow students to gain work experience within a related field and if taken could lead to an award of Master of Public Health (Professional Practice).

The MPH (Professional Practice) award is subject to availability and suitability of placements. Students are encouraged to find their own placements to build on their practical or research skills, which could be in the voluntary sector, local authority or other suitable agreed work environment.

The placement is not guaranteed, nor is it a condition of gaining the award, as it will provide a further 60 credit points to the 180 required through the campus–based modules and dissertation.


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Our MPH will prepare you for a successful career in Public Health and allied professions both in the UK and globally. This list of potential career prospects is not extensive and the options will vary depending on your first degree, and may include the possible opportunities arising through your local authorities and community projects:

  • Public health promotion / practitioner
  • Health economist
  • Health centre director
  • NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation)
  • Tropical disease specialist
  • Refugee coordinator
  • HIV/AIDS educator
  • Health education specialist
  • Homeless services educator
  • Community support worker
  • Education- lecturer in public health
  • PhD research / Research assistant

entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

A second class Honours degree.  Other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent may also be considered.

Academic Requirements

  • A second class Honours degree. 

Other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent may also be considered.

Recognised Prior Learning equivalent to PG Dip level (maximum of 120 credits at SCQF Level 11) will allow direct entry to to the MPH in order to undertake both the research project and professional practice dissertation. This might include other relevant health-based postgraduate-level courses or combinations of courses and will be subject to the discretion of admissions and the course leader.

course details

Throughout this course students will be introduced to current knowledge and challenges in Public Health, through a range of techniques applicable to research including epidemiology, health economics and other techniques. Students will learn the main methodologies and theoretical approaches to inform the theory and practice of Public Health and learn a range of skills to analyse, synthesise and evaluate issues of Public Health locally, internationally and globally.

Critical analysis skills will be developed under expert guidance and students will be encouraged to demonstrate self-direction and originality in problem solving and executing tasks. 

There is also the opportunity to undertake an optional 60 credit Professional Practice module involving a placement, to gain the award of Master of Public Health (Professional Practice)*.

* see above for more information. 

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following modules:

  • Responding to Public Health Challenges (core, 20 credits)
  • Effects of Lifestyle on Health (core, 10 credits)
  • Global Health Economics & Health Systems (core, 20 credits)
  • Introduction to e-Health (core, 20 credits)
  • Postgraduate Research Methods (core, 10 credits)
  • Principles of Infection & Disease (core, 20 credits)
  • Statistics for Public Health (core, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the Masters module:

  • Master of Public Health Dissertation (60 credits)

Successfully completing the dissertation results in the award of Master of Public Health.

For those students seeking to undertake the Professional Practice element they would undertake the following core module after their studies were complete over another term:

  • Professional Practice (60 credits)

Successfully completing this module plus the dissertation results in the award of Master of Public Health (Professional Practice).

Teaching & Assessment

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to facilitate and enhance your learning.

Depending on whether teaching is face-to-face or online, examples include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Individual research
  • Online discussion boards

You will be taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials and will be working in collaborative groups on smaller projects and individually for presentations. Role play and other simulated learning experiences will allow rich discussions and develop transferable skills within a safe community of practice.

If available, the optional Professional Practice module will develop real-time learning in a typical working environment placement.

Your learning will be supported through access to our interactive virtual learning environment Moodle which contains supporting material, on-line tutorials and lectures, reading resources and also encourages collaborative learning through discussion fora and peer review, allowing for a truly blended learning experience.


Our MPH degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:

Case studies
Coursework assignments
Unseen examinations
Oral presentations
Final MSc dissertation
Oral presentations

Teaching & Learning Breakdown

Master of Public Health

  • Teaching activities (Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials, Seminars, etc.)
    254 hours – 14.1%
  • Independent learning
    1546 hours – 85.9%
  • Placement(s)
    0 hours

Master of Public Health (Professional Practice)

  • Teaching activities (Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials, Seminars, etc.)
    264 hours – 11%
  • Independent learning
    1611 hours – 67%
  • Placement(s)
    525 hours – 22%

Staff Expertise

You will be taught by research-active Professors, Senior Lecturers and Lecturers, many of whom are undergoing ground-breaking and innovative research, as well as guest lectures undertaken by specialists in their field external to UWS.

UWS has an excellent portfolio in health-related research across several different areas from:

  • biomedical science (parasitology, microbiology, cardiovascular Disease, autoimmunity, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease), haematology, maternal-foetal health)
  • Care in the community (Home-Life care, Alzheimer’s care, infection control), 
  • Physiology
  • Health and wellbeing (benefits of physical activity on particular populations)

This breadth of espertise allows you to engage with a variety of Public Health issues from the experts, first hand. You will benefit from a comprehensive breadth of expertise and state-of-the-art learning environments at UWS Lanarkshire Campus.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Postgraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 cost per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£6,500 Cost per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£6,500 Cost per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£16,000 Per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Postgraduate fees for the MPH (Prof. Practice) course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£6,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£6,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£19,000 cost of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£930 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£930 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£930 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time


£6,500 Cost of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£10,765 Cost of study

Republic of Ireland

£10,765 Cost of study

International (including EU)

£16,400 Cost per year

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Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - MPH (Prof. Practice) Full-time


£6,500 Cost of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£10,765 Cost of study

Republic of Ireland

£10,765 Cost of study

International (including EU)

£19,475 Cost of study

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2021/22 Tuition Fees for 20-credit Modules (face-to-face)


£930 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£1,600 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Republic of Ireland

£1,600 Cost per 20-credit module of study

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The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support


Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.


Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Other Financial Support


UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

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If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

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How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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