Masters in Public Health (MPH)
Belfast is a modern vibrant city offering a great base from which to study a Master in Public Health. On this MPH programme 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. The course equips students with the knowledge and skills base to pursue a career in public health or other health-related leadership roles
One of our strengths is the small class size (typically less than 20 students per year) which enables very close liaison between students and the world class research staff who will be teaching and mentoring students. The emphasis is on learning and transferable skills rather than teaching.
- Duration: One year, full-time
- Closing date: 14 June 2013 (Late applications may be considered if places are available)
The course is divided into two taught semesters and one research-based component. In the first semester students will be taught by experts in the fields of demography, epidemiology, health economics, medical sociology, health services research, medical statistics and qualitative methods, needs assessment and health impact assessment. There will be an emphasis on critical thinking and of the application of new knowledge.
The second semester focuses on the more applied aspects of public health and this part of the course includes the theory and practice of health promotion; protection of health through control of communicable diseases and environmental hazards and emergency preparedness. The funding, organisation and assessment of health and care systems across the world will also be addressed.
The dissertation makes up the final third of the course. Here students will have an opportunity to undertake substantive research in a public health area of choice and to write and present these findings in a standard format. Students who do not complete the dissertation are eligible for a Diploma in Public Health.
An upper 2.1 Honours degree in a health-related subject degree or equivalent academic credit. Evidence of equivalent professional qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview.
- an IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
- a TOEFL score of 90+ (internet based test), taken within the last two years, with minimum component scores of Listening – 20, Reading – 19, Speaking – 21, Writing - 20;
- a valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
- a valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A;
- or a first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking.
Tuition Fees 2011/12 (Band 1)
Home / EU: £3,828
For further information on Tuition Fees and payment options please refer to the University's webpages for Tuition Fees and Student Support Arrangements (2013-14)
Sources of Funding
The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast are offering a limited number of studentships to cover international fees only for a one year full time Masters commencing October 2013.
Successful candidates would be accepted for one of the following full time taught programmes:
- Masters in Public Health (MPH)
- MSc in Computational Biology
- Masters of Research in Translational Medicine
Application Process:Candidates should make an application via the Queen's on-line application portal for one of the courses of study: Masters in Public Health (MPH), MSc in Computational Biology or MRes in Translational Medicine For further information regarding study at Queen’s University, please refer to the International Postgraduate pages.
Closing Date: 30 April 2013
The University’s also provide information on possible sources of awards which is available at the Postgraduate Centre
How to Apply
Candidates should make applications through the Universities Online Admissions portal.
Guidance is available on the University’s Prospective Student pages.
When applying please choose 'Medicine’ as your subject area/School.
For further advice on the application process at QUB please contact:
Admissions and Access Service
Queen’s University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5081
Dr Denise O’Hagan (Programme Coordinator)
Centre for Public Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 28 9063 2619
Dr Dermot O’Reilly (Programme Director)
Centre for Public Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 028 906 32738
Further Information for International Students
The University welcomes International Students each year. Candidates may find the University’s International Student Support Office website useful for finding out more about living and studying in Belfast.
The curriculum for the MPH is aligned very closely to the syllabus for the professional exams for the UK Faculty of Public Health and is thus an excellent springboard for those wishing to pursue a career in Public Health. A MPH is an internationally recognised qualification opening up many employment
opportunities throughout the world. About one third of students go on to undertake PhD-level research.
This Masters can be taken by students wishing to intercalate following the third year medical or dental examinations. The School are offering competitive Intercalated Scholarships (up to 10 awards) to complete this Masters programme. The Scholarships, up to the value of £6,500 each and will cover the Tuition Fees and a Bursary.
The Terms of these Scholarships, including eligibility, are as follows;
- Students must be a registered medical or dental students at Queen’s University.
- Must have successfully completed, or be due to complete, third year medical or dental examinations on the first attempt.
- Must have applied online to undertake the MPH or the MRes as intercalated degrees by 26th April 2013.
- The scholarships will be competitive and will be awarded on the basis of academic rankings used to calculate distinctions at the end of year two.
Once you have applied via the Queen’s on–line portal http://pg.apply.qub.ac.uk/home/ you will automatically be considered for one of the Intercalated Scholarships using the above criteria.
The closing date for applications from applicants wishing to be considered for a bursary is 26th April 2013.