MPH Master of Public Health (Communicable Disease Prevention and Control) / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
Distance learning - 1 yr FT, 2 yr PT, 3-5 yr 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.

If you fail to meet the above entry criteria you will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route, such as a PGCert or PGDip before being considered to progress onto the MPH course.

Intercalating students

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from The University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
200 places
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. 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
PGCert N N N Y

Course overview

Ogochukwu Okoye - Master of Public Health

"The team at Manchester exposed me to a highly effective manner of teaching and made learning worthwhile.

"The skills and knowledge that I have acquired are already impacting on my professional and personal development. I am definitely a better teacher, doctor and researcher as a result!"

Ogochukwu Okoye / Master of Public Health (2016 graduate)
  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to understand communicable disease control, infection prevention and control and emergency planning at local, national and international level.
  • Study when it suits you through online delivery of the course content, with extensive support and an optional face-to-face induction at the University available.
  • Specialise in a highly topical subject area with consequences of relevance to all aspects of public health.
  • Open up a career in health science research if you undertake a PhD after completing this course.
  • We offer a number of units from this qualification as standalone credited CPD courses through our Public Health Professional Development programme.
*Please note this is a distance learning course*

Open days

Come along to the next open day webinar on Wednesday 4 October 3pm-4pm. Prof Arpana Verma will take you through how the course is structured, its content, main themes and what it's like to study master's at Manchester. In the final part of the session, you will be able to ask Prof Verma any outstanding questions. Book your place here .


Fees for entry in 2024 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2023 were as follows:

  • MPH (full-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £11,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £25,000
  • MPH (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1100 per 15 credits and £2200 for dissertation
    International, including EU, students (per annum): 2500 per 15 credits
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1100 per 15 credits
    International, including EU, students (per annum): 2500 per 15 credits
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1100 per 15 credits
    International, including EU, students (per annum): 2500 per 15 credits

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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

All fees for entry may 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 .

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan if you choose the one-year full-time or two-year part-time course. Please check the government's eligibility criteria .

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and assessments required for the course.

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

  • the face-to-face induction for first year students
  • the Arts and Public Health blended learning unit
  • the Intercultural Public Health blended learning unit
  • the Infection, Prevention & Control blended learning unit
  • the Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain blended learning unit
  • the Nutrition and Public Health blended learning unit
  • the Geneva Winter School

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 certificate, 45 credits to a diploma and 60 credits to a master's.

If an 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 charges 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).


Commonwealth Scholarships

There may be an opportunity to offer Commonwealth Scholarships to excellent young nationals who are resident in Commonwealth countries. Please see the CSC website for details.

Equity and Merit Scholarships

We offer Equity and Merit Scholarships to academically excellent students from Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes

If you're a current or recent student at The University of Manchester and plan to start a master's course, you may be eligible for our Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes.

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)161 529 4563
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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