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:  30 June 2016 (Late applications may be considered if places are available)

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Course Content

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.

Entry Requirements

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

For further information on Tuition Fees and payment options please refer to the University's webpages for Tuition Fees.

Sources of Funding

International Scholarships

Queen’s University will be offering a number of exciting scholarships to talented international students. The latest information will be available on this website early in 2015.  Please refer to the University’ International Scholarship webpages for further details.

US Loans

Please refer to the US Federal loan webpages to find out if you are eligible.

Other Sources of Funding

For information on other potential sources of funding please refer to the University’s Postgraduate Funding webpages .

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
Lanyon North
Queen’s University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5081

Further Information

Dr Denise O’Hagan (Programme Coordinator)
Centre for Public Health
Telephone:  +44 (0) 28 9063 2619

Professor Liam Murray (Programme Director)
Centre for Public Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 028 9063 2602

Further Information for International Students

The University welcomes International Students each year.  Candidates may find the University’s  International Student Support Office webpages and the International Student Handbook useful for finding out more about living and studying in Belfast.

Once you have applied and accepted your place at the University you mayfind the University’s Admissions webpage for new students webpages of interest.  These webpages contain useful information which will assist you in making the necessary arrangements prior to coming to Belfast to study.

Graduate Prospects

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.

Intercalated Opportunities

This Masters can be taken by students wishing to intercalate following the third year medical or dental examinations.  The School are offering up to 10 competitive Intercalated Scholarships to complete a Masters programme.  The Scholarships, up to the value of £6500.00 each and will cover the Tuition Fees and a Bursary. 

Terms of Intercalated Scholarships (including eligibility):

  1. Students must be a registered medical or dental students at Queen’s University.
  2. Must have successfully completed, or be due to complete, third year medical or dental examinations on the first attempt with an overall classification of a 2.1
  3. Must have applied online to undertake the Bioinformatics & Computational Genomics, Clinical Anatomy, MPH or the MRes as intercalated degrees by 31 January 2015.
  4. 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. 

Application process

  1. Students should apply via the Queen’s on–line portal
  2. You will automatically be considered for one of the Intercalated Scholarships using the above criteria.


Please click here for further information on Intercalated degrees.

Applicants applying for funding must submit their applications by 31 January 2015. Closing date for all remaining applications is 30 April 2015