Postgraduate study

Public Health

Awards: MPH

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding available

Programme website: Public Health

Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the efforts of society.

This is the ideal programme if you are a professional or new to the subject and you wish to address today’s problems in public health.

This programme is taught on-campus, but we also offer a part-time MPH by online distance learning which may suit those who wish to continue working while studying, or who are unable to come to Edinburgh.

You will gain an understanding of how different scientific disciplines can be used to investigate and then develop the best professional practice in epidemiology, public health and social science, ethics and health.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

The year is divided into two semesters of taught courses, followed by completion of a dissertation between May and August.

Teaching is by lectures, seminars and workshops. Course assessments are mainly essay-based, with a few examinations and presentations.Your dissertation can involve either a review of existing research or analysis of data from a secondary source or data collected especially for your dissertation.

The programme is currently under review, and there may be some changes to the courses classed as compulsory for academic year 2019/20, as well as some additional optional course options. The following list should be taken as indicative for now.

Compulsory courses:

  • Principles of Public Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Statistics

In addition, Introduction to Research Ethics and Introduction to Systematic Reviews may be compulsory.

Optional courses:

  • Communicable Disease Control and Environmental Health
  • Developing and Evaluating Complex Public Health Interventions
  • Epidemiology for Public Health
  • Further Statistics
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Global Health Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion
  • Investing in Global Health and Development
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Qualitative Research in Health
  • Introduction to Health Economics and Resource Allocation
  • Sociology of Health & Illness
  • Statistical Modelling

  • Read more about the courses we offer

  • Read more about how the programme is taught

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MPHMaster of Public Health1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
MPHMaster of Public Health2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2018/19

The programme will prepare you for a career in research or academia, professional public-health service, clinical epidemiology, health technology assessment, public-health protection and a wide range of national and international organisations concerned with preventing disease and improving the health of populations.

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

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Successful applicants will be required to pay a deposit of £1500 before an unconditional offer can be made. This will be offset against tuition fees upon entry to the programme.

You will be responsible for securing funding to cover all your tuition fees, additional fees and living costs for the duration of your studies. For guidelines on living costs see:

Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:

The department does not hold any funding for this programme and only a small number of applicants are awarded other scholarships annually. Please ensure that you have sufficient funding available to cover your studies before submitting an application.

UK government postgraduate loans

UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK, could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs. Full guidance and information can be found on our Scholarships & Student Funding website:

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Postgraduate Administrator, Stuart Mallen
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3227
  • Email: mph.campus@ed.ac.uk
  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG
Programme start date Application deadline
9 September 2019 28 June 2019

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

You must submit a reference with your application.

We will be looking for evidence in your personal statement that you have thought carefully about what you can bring to the programme and what impact you feel it will have on your future career.

Please ensure that you address the following issues in your statement, to help us select the students who will benefit most from the programme:

  • What skills, qualities and experiences have prepared you to undertake this programme?
  • What value do you think you can add to the learning community as part of an internationally diverse group?
  • What impact do you hope to make in your future career, and how will this programme contribute to your aspirations?

Your personal statement should be around 500 words in length.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Postgraduate Administrator, Stuart Mallen
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3227
  • Email: mph.campus@ed.ac.uk
  • Centre for Population Health Sciences
  • Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG