Master of Public Health

How to apply

You will need to complete an online application which includes a personal statement, an academic reference, transcripts and other supporting documents.

Applying for the Programme

Applications must be submitted through the University's online application service, EUCLID.  Offers cannot be made without a fully completed online application. The application does not have to be completed in one session - you can save your progress and return to complete the application at another time.

You can use the degree finder to apply to the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Public Health (online) degree programmes.

Applications for September 2023 are now open. We look forward to seeing your application soon.

Apply for Master of Public Health (online), PG Diploma or PG Certificate

Overall, my experience on the MPH has transformed me. The program has helped me acquire solid technical skills while also teaching me to combine the ‘theoretical’ with the ‘practical’, all of which I have applied directly in my work. I recommend this programme wholeheartedly.

DeepikaPublic Health Analyst., US, CDC

Entry requirements

You will need a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in medicine, nursing, social science, science, biomedicine, or other related discipline.

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

Link to entry requirements by country

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

Link to English language requirements

Other requirements

You will also need to provide:

  • copies of your degree certificates and transcripts of your academic record to support your application
  • a personal statement describing your reasons for applying to the programme
  • one good academic reference or if you have been out of academia for a while you may be able to supply a work-related reference (typically from a line manager) in place of an academic one*

*If you are submitting the copy of your reference it must be signed, dated and on headed paper.  If you choose to have your referee contacted directly, you must supply an institution-based email address (web-based addresses such as  Hotmail or Yahoo are not acceptable)


The MPH (online) programme is for three years and has annual fees. The fees for September 2023 entry are: 

Award name Study mode Fees for September 2023 entry
Masters (3 years) Part-time £19,100 (£6,370 per year)
Masters (6 years)


  • Intermittent
  • Paid in credit-blocks
  • 10-credit block = £1,065
  • 20-credit block = £2,125
  • 60-credit block = £6,370

If you are applying to begin with us after September 2023, please be aware that fees tend to increase by around 5% each year and this should be taken into account when you are applying for the programme. 

Why our fees increase each year

Our fees are estimated because they typically go up each year by about 5 or 6%. Fees are usually set and agreed by the Student Recruitment and Fee Strategy group. For the last eight years, the University of Edinburgh has increased the Postgraduate Taught (PGT) fee scale between 5 to 6% each year for all our students, and this is in line with our main competitors. Our PGT fees for both Home and International students increase, annually, by 5% in line with inflation and to also maintain the minimum fee spine points for lab and class-based programmes. This is in order to maintain our position amongst the Russell Group and our immediate competitors. 

More information about fee-paying can be found here, including a finance helpline where you can ask about specifics for your payment.

Link to more information on tuition fees

Link to finance helpline

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. We publish data on the success rate for scholarship applications to help you understand the level of demand.

Link to more information on scholarship application success rates

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship offers several awards covering tuition fees. These scholarships will be awarded to outstanding candidates who are citizens of and resident in low- and middle-income Commonwealth countries. 

Below is also a link to a video where the team describe the scholarship and share some best practice ways to apply.

Link to event video

Please note: We recommend that you have received and accepted an unconditional offer from the University of Edinburgh for a place on the programme before submitting a scholarship application.

Additional Funding and Scholarships

Additional funding and scholarships available can be found at the following link:

Link to more information about funding for prospective postgraduates