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.

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:

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.

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.  Please be aware that fees increase by around 5% each year.  This annual increase should be taken into account when you are applying for the programme.

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.

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.  Further information on eligibility and how to apply can be found at the following link:

Link to Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

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

Link to CSC event video

The application deadline for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship is 15 March 2022. 

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:

Funding for prospective postgraduates

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 2022 entry are now open.  Applications will close on 26 August 2022.


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