MPH Master of Public Health (Health Sciences) / Overview

Year of entry: 2021

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Degree awarded
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.

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

  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to understand health services at local, national and international level. This specialism will allow multi-professional training for those interested in the skills needed to provide a seamless, holistic service to patients, communities and individuals.
  • Study when it suits you through online delivery, extensive support and an optional residential induction.
  • 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 progress to a PhD.
  • A number of units are available as CPD courses through our Public Health Professional Development programme.

Open days

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPH (full-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £10,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £19,500
  • MPH (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1,000 per 15 credits and £4,000 for dissertation
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £1,950 per 15 credits and £3,900 for dissertation
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1,000 per 15 credits
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £1,950 per 15 credits
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1,000 per 15 credits
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £1,950 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, but you are likely to incur some additional costs:

  • maximum of one core text book per unit (approx £30 per book) where e-books are not available;
  • communication costs for internet use and telephone;
  • a statistical software package (approx £20).

A copy of the statistical software for Practical Statistics for Population Health will be provided free for all international fee-paying students.

Costs may 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 Infection, Prevention & Control blended learning unit
  • the Engaging the Hard to Reach for Health Gain blended learning unit
  • the Geneva Winter School

This course has previously included options for blended learning. For 2020/21 our residential and blended units were fully online. The Geneva Winter School did not run in 2020.

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. However, this will not be confirmed until February 2021. Please see the CSC website for further details.

Equity and Merit Scholarships

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

Alumni bursary

If you are a current or recent undergraduate at The University of Manchester, you may be eligible for our Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes. For the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, this is a £1,000 reduction on fees paid directly to the University at the start of the course.

The scholarship is available to University of Manchester graduates enrolling on a Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health postgraduate taught master's programme. You must have graduated in the previous year or be graduating currently with a first-class honours degree.

The scholarship is available for international, EU and home students who will study full-time or part-time.

You must be self-funded and must not be in receipt of any other funding support.

Please contact us for more information.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
(+44) 0161 543 4699
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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