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MRes Public Health at The University of Manchester
MRes Public Health (Web-based Learning)
Develop your skills and knowledge for a career in public health research.

MRes Public Health (Web-based Learning)

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MRes
Duration
1 year FT, 2 years PT, 3-5 years PT
Entry requirements

We require a minimum of an Upper Second honours degree or the overseas equivalent . Significant relevant research or professional experience may be considered in place of an academic qualification lower than an Upper Second.

Applicants who fail to meet the required entry criteria will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route, such as a PGCert or PGDip. You may be allowed to progress to the full MRes course if you pass the course at the required MRes level.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The formal deadline is 1 September 2018. Late applications may be considered. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MRes N N Y Y

Course overview

  • Gain the skills you need to enter a public health research career if you currently work in healthcare.
  • Fit study around your other commitments thanks to the online nature of this course.
  • Learn through a combination of coursework and research training, tailoring the taught component to your own needs through a choice of optional units.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • We offer a number units from this MRes as standalone CPD courses through our Personal Professional Development programme

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MRes (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits; £3,800 dissertation
    International students (per annum): £1,850 per 15 credits and £7,400 for dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to a yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year.

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Please be aware that you are only eligible for the postgraduate loan for English students if you choose the 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time programme.

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and examinations required for the course, but you are likely to incur some additional costs:

  • maximum of one core text book per unit (approximately £30 per book);
  • communication costs for internet use and telephone;
  • a statistical software package (approximately £20).

A copy of the statistical software for PSPH will be provided free for all international fee-paying students.

Costs may also be incurred for travel, subsistence and accommodation charges during the following optional events or units:

  • the residential course for first year students;
  • the Arts and Public Health blended learning unit;
  • the Intercultural Public Health blended learning unit;
  • the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance blended learning unit.

Additional expenses

Cost of AP(E)L

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L). The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a PGCert, 45 credits to a PGDip and 60 credits to a master's.

If your AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and administrative charge applied.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni Bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are registered for MSC, PGDip or PGCert
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0604
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a minimum of an Upper Second honours degree or the overseas equivalent . Significant relevant research or professional experience may be considered in place of an academic qualification lower than an Upper Second.

Applicants who fail to meet the required entry criteria will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route, such as a PGCert or PGDip. You may be allowed to progress to the full MRes course if you pass the course at the required MRes level.

English language

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from countries that are not majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other entry requirements

You will require regular access to a modern personal computer (Windows or Mac) with a stable internet connection. You should be confident in using the internet for web browsing and sending emails and also using word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The formal deadline is 1 September 2018. Late applications may be considered. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must be accompanied by the following documents:
  • two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly so please inform them yourself;
  • copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated;
  • copies of official university transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • a personal statement, approximately 300-500 words about why you wish to take this course and how it will affect your personal and professional development. This statement should try and refer to your current role;
  • full CV including voluntary experience;
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form or sent directly to pgtaught.cbm@manchester.ac.uk . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

How your application is considered

On receipt of all required supporting documentation your application will be reviewed by the relevant Course Director.

Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

Interview requirements

We do not normally interview applicants but reserve the right to do so in certain circumstances.

Deferrals

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MRes Public Health course is an innovative distance learning research degree that meets the need of researchers in all public health settings, from local authorities to non-governmental organisations in both the UK and worldwide.

The course provides an introduction to research development, mainly for those currently in the healthcare workforce who wish to become researchers or pursue a research pathway within their profession.

You will learn through a combination of coursework and research training, with the modular nature enabling you to design the taught component around your own training needs. The teaching and supervising staff are international experts in public health, primary care and related disciplines.

After completing the taught component, you will be supported in carrying out your own research project or a full systematic review.

We offer two MRes courses, one in Public Health and one in Primary Care. Distinction between the two is based on the course units and research topics you choose.

Our course is ideal for Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) who wish to gain research experience in the field of primary care.

Special features

Flexible learning

All of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments. A three-day residential induction is held in Manchester at the start of the course, but attendance is not compulsory. There are both fully online and blended options where face-to-face sessions are planned.

Learn with students from around the world

You will be able to mix with students from a range of disciplines from all over the world. We have over 1,500 alumni from more than 80 countries.

Additional course information

We run induction sessions for all new students starting our Public Health and Primary Care courses.

Residential induction

A three-day residential course is held at the University at the beginning of the academic year.

The course is designed to introduce you to the content and technology used throughout the programmes. It is also an opportunity for you to meet academic, e-learning and support staff.

You are encouraged to attend the residential course and many students find it very beneficial.

However, due to the international nature of our programmes, attendance is not compulsory.

The residential course includes:

  • an introduction to the core units;
  • an opportunity to meet tutors, e-learning support staff and administrators;
  • an introduction to the online learning environment;
  • an introduction to the library and e-resources at Manchester;
  • an opportunity to present your work and hear about work undertaken by other students.

You will be required to provide your own transport and accommodation for the residential course.

Confirmation of attendance on the residential induction will be sought once you have applied for the course.

Online induction

We offer an online induction unit for all students. This is ideal if you cannot attend the residential, as it covers the basic information that you will need to get started on the online programme.

Our e-learning team will also run online drop-in sessions for all students from the start of Semester 1, where there will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have as you begin your studies.

Scholarship induction

Each year, staff from our programmes will visit one or more of the African scholarship countries to host an induction session for scholarship students.

This will be similar to the residential induction hosted at Manchester.

Teaching and learning

This course is mostly delivered online, allowing you to study flexibly at a pace that suits your own requirements. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place to ensure your progression, both within an individual unit and across the course as a whole.

There are a number of course units that require your participation throughout, and some with a face to face element. Please contact  mph.admin@manchester.ac.uk  if this is likely to be a problem.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

Course unit details

This course has one core unit that you must complete: Evidence Based Practice.

You are then able to select your remaining five units from a choice of more than 15 units, including some blended learning and face-to-face study options.

After completing all of the taught units, you will progress to your dissertation project.

You will be able to choose from a number of dissertation models designed to cater for different work situations and interests.

We advise you to informally contact the dissertation tutor early on in your course to discuss research ideas and plans. Following these discussions, you will then submit a proposal. If this is approved, you will be assigned a supervisor from the University.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Evidence Based Practice POPH60041 15 Mandatory
Evidence Synthesis: Systematic Reviews DENT68001 15 Optional
Guideline Development and Implementation DENT68012 15 Optional
Oral Health & Disease in Populations DENT76061 15 Optional
Implementing Strategy in Dental Services DENT76072 15 Optional
Emergency Humanitarian Assistance HCRI62212 15 Optional
Health Promotion Theory & Methods POPH60021 15 Optional
Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain POPH60062 15 Optional
Working with Communities POPH60072 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60091 15 Optional
Health Economics POPH60092 15 Optional
Applied Epidemiology POPH60112 15 Optional
Practical Statistics for Population Health (formerly Biostatistics) POPH60982 15 Optional
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Optional
Communicable Disease Control POPH62051 15 Optional
Health Systems Challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries POPH62212 15 Optional
Global Health into the 21st Century POPH62311 15 Optional
Global Women's Public Health POPH62411 15 Optional
Primary Health Care POPH63111 15 Optional
Qualitative Research Methods POPH63121 15 Optional
Emergency Planning, Response & Resilience POPH64132 15 Optional
Implementation Sciences POPH64551 15 Optional
Health Services Management POPH64662 15 Optional
Intercultural Public Health POPH64772 15 Optional
Arts and Public Health POPH65011 15 Optional
Digital Public Health POPH65022 15 Optional
Climate Change and Health POPH65042 15 Optional
Introduction to Health Policy POPH65052 15 Optional
Infection Prevention & Control POPH65552 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 29 course units

What our students say

This course shares some units with our Master of Public Health (MPH) course. See what our Student Ambassadors have to say  about our MPH course .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

We offer a number units from this MRes as standalone CPD courses through our Personal Professional Development programme in public health and primary care.

We also run monthly journal clubs, the annual Festival of Public Health , an International Summer School and CPD events .

Careers

Career opportunities

Many of our UK students are pursuing an academic pathway within their own profession, usually medicine, dentistry or nursing.

The MRes is often a stepping stone, providing skills, experience and a qualification that usually leads to a PhD.

Some students take this MRes to consolidate their existing work as a researcher, or to help them gain access to that profession.

UK intercalating students choose to study for an MRes if they are applying for a research foundation post or are looking ahead at the potential of pursuing a PhD in the future.

If you have any questions about how our course can benefit your career, please email us at mph.director@manchester.ac.uk .