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Medicine, Health and Life Sciences


Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

* 1 year full-time for award of MPH. Students may gain a PG Diploma on successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2 (approx. 8 months)


A MPH is an internationally recognised qualification opening up many employment opportunities throughout the world.
The course equips students with the knowledge and skills base to pursue a career in public health or other health-related leadership roles.
The curriculum for the MPH at Queen’s is aligned very closely to the syllabus for the professional exams for the UK Faculty of Public Health.

The MPH is designed to introduce students to:

  • The 'science' of public health practice: a robust, systematic and evidence-based approach to define and understand population health issues and problems.
  • The 'art' of public health practice - interpersonal and organisational skills to work in partnership with others; influence decisions; support implementation of policy, programmes or interventions; and effect real change. It aims to identify optimal solutions for health gain within available resources.
  • A global perspective on public health, including the health of underserved areas in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)

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Why Queen's?

In collaboration with the Institute of Public Health in Ireland and other key local stakeholders, Queen's hosts one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK to encourage multidisciplinary working and increase capacity to address complex population-level health issues.

One of our strengths is the small class size (typically around 20 students per year) which enables very close liaison between staff and students. You will be based in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health, Northern Ireland, which is one of five UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence in the UK, and you will be taught and mentored by world-class researchers.

You will also be exposed to a wide range of public health leaders and practitioners who are working in the field of Public Health, making real changes to benefit the health of populations. There is an emphasis on global aspects of public health and emerging threats and challenges and the course attracts students from all over the world.

Did you know?

There has been a Medical School at Queen’s University Belfast since 1849!

Course Details

Programme content is based on the Diploma (Part A) Examination Syllabus for Membership of the UK Faculty of Public Health, this MPH comprises two taught semesters plus one research-based component. Semesters 1 and 2 involve a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials and group work and Semester 3 focuses on the dissertation.

Semester 1 modules

Introduce core concepts, methodologies and approaches, with an emphasis on critical thinking and the application of new knowledge:

  • Determinants of Health and Health Improvement (Pt 1)
  • Medical Statistics
  • Public Health Sciences

Semester 2 modules

Focus on public health practice within the three principal domains/modules:

  • Determinants of Health and Health Improvement (Pt 2)
  • Health and Social Care Systems
  • Health Protection
  • Optional Modules:
  •      - Advanced Public Health Practice
  •      - Global Health

Semester 3

Students are also required to complete an appropriate, discrete, academic or service public health dissertation project to integrate and apply public health-related knowledge and skills. There may be opportunities to work with local public health organisations and opportunities to conduct projects in underserved areas of LMICs can be arranged.


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Assessment & Feedback

Assessment is by a variety of methods including written examination, written assignments and oral presentations.  A 10-15,000 word dissertation is required.

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential. 

On this course we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. 

Classes are in the morning and afternoon through a combination of course lectures, practical experiences and Self-directed study to enhance employability

Entry Requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above in a health-related subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications or experience may be considered, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisite academic requirement. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview.


For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.



International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner

INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Postgraduate and Professional Development

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Whitla Medical Building

Tel:  (028) 9097 2615


How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

MPH graduates will have the skills and knowledge foundation to pursue public health career opportunities in the health and social care sector, health-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and in both teaching and research departments in universities.

On completion of the course graduates are well placed to undertake the professional examinations of the UK or Irish Faculty of Public Health and may go on to pursue a career in Public Health, either locally in the UK/Ireland or nternationally, including careers focussed on the health needs of LMIC’s

Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to network with prospective employers.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.


What types of jobs do students go on to do after finishing the Masters in Public Health?

Some of our students go on to pursue further PhD study in areas of health research and epidemiology here in Northern Ireland, in other parts of the UK and overseas.

Other students go on to work in both the private and public sector. The following are some of the jobs they have taken on:

  • Senior Regulatory Specialist at Beam Suntory
  • Health Advisor, Medair, Middle East Region
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast
  • Technical graduate, Kerry Group
  • DPhil student in Population Health, University of Oxford
  • Project Coordinator at Save the Children International
  • PHD Student CPH
  • Registered Dietitian, Craigavon
  • Project Team Member, Northern Ireland Baby Hearts Study
  • Epidemiology Program Specialist at Pennsylvania Department of Health


Alumni Stories

Heather Dunlop

Heather Dunlop started her career as a nurse and went on to complete the Masters in Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013.  After graduating, Heather worked in South Sudan as Health Advisor for Medair, supporting emergency relief and Primary Health Care programmes. Medair is a NGO providing emergency health, nutrition, WASH and shelter programmes to crisis affected communities.

Since April of 2017 she has been based in Jordan as part of the Medair regional team in the Middle East.  Heather’s role is to provide technical support to the health and nutrition field teams and ensure they implement quality, needs based programmes in line with Medair, donor, country and international standards.

“I enjoyed studying the MPH at Queens and have found it to be a valuable qualification which has opened opportunities to work in the humanitarian health sector.”

Heather Dunlop, MPH, 2013

Gina Wiser

Gina came from a Sociology background and graduated from Queens with a Master’s in Public Health in 2014. Following graduation Gina returned to her native USA and worked with World Education Services to have her degree accredited there.  Gina’s first role following graduation was with a company in Alaska called Tanana Chiefs Conference where she was employed as a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration intern for 5 months, working on evaluation of programs and analysis of data. Gina then took up a role in Pennsylvania Health Department on a surveillance system called the Violent Death Reporting System for 18 months. Gina was promoted in Epidemiology and started working on HIV surveillance and has recently been promoted again to a role in Environmental Epidemiology. She also continues to work as a freelance contractor for TCC in Alaska.

“I had no problem at all finding a job following graduation, I would love to come back to teach on this course someday, I miss Belfast a lot”

Gina Wiser, MPH, 2014

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Tuition Fees for 2017/18

Home/EU Fees: £5,500        

International Fees: £15,200 

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Bursaries may be available for international students, depending on available funding.

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