BSc Public Health

Year of entry: 2022

Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Duration
3 years FT, 6 years PT
Typical A-level offer
BBB (including specific subjects)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

We require 33 points overall with grades 6,5,5 in higher level subjects (one of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics [Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation], Physics, Geography, Geology, Computer Science or Psychology).

We will consider a number of other comparable qualifications, studied in the UK and internationally, and if you have any queries about your particular qualification please email ug.publichealth@manchester.ac.uk  

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
100 places.
How to apply

For the full time BSc: Apply through UCAS.

For the part time BSc please apply via our online application form.

Course overview

  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to address public health concerns at local, national and international level.
  • Study when it suits you through online learning, with extensive support and an optional residential induction.
  • We have lots of additional activities through our Public Health Professional Development programme.

Open days

For details of the next University Undergraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Additional expenses

You should normally be able to complete your programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum will be made clear to you at application.

Further information can be found here  (PDF, 91KB).

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

Please visit our fees and funding page for the latest information.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Admissions team
Telephone
0161 543 4697 (10AM-4PM)
Email
Website
https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/en/facultiesandschools/division-of-population-health-health-services-research--primary-care(19db7129-c98b-4029-a819-8c5ffe20e845).html
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

A-level

We require grades BBB including one or more of: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Mathematics, Further Maths, Psychology, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Applied Science, Computer Science.

You are required to obtain a pass in the practical element of any science A-level taken.

General Studies is welcomed but not included as part of the standard offer.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

GCSE

We normally require at least five GCSEs at minimum grade C/4. English Language and Mathematics must be included.

International Baccalaureate

We require 33 points overall with grades 6,5,5 in higher level subjects (one of which must include Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics [Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation], Physics, Geography, Geology, Computer Science or Psychology).

We will consider a number of other comparable qualifications, studied in the UK and internationally, and if you have any queries about your particular qualification please email ug.publichealth@manchester.ac.uk  

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

English language

English language If you have international qualifications, you may be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability. Minimum requirements are typically: 

  • Grade C/4 GCSE English;
  • TOEFL (iBT) - 100; 
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component  
  • CIE OR UCLES 1119 English at Grade C.

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

For the full time BSc: Apply through UCAS.

For the part time BSc please apply via our online application form.

Course details

Course description

This is an online undergraduate course (BSc with Hons) based on our successful Master of Public Health course.

Our BSc in Public Health course is aimed at applicants from around the world who are interested in a career in public health, or are seeking new skills in this area. Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with a broad experience of a range of subject areas. The course can be taken both full-time and part-time.

This course will equip you with:

  • the skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level;
  • the ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations;
  • the capability of meeting core- competencies in public health.

Special features

Expert teaching

You will be taught by professionals working in the field of local, national and international public health. There is an emphasis on applying your learning to real life public health issues.

Flexible learning

All of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments.

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, You could also present your work at the International Festival of Public Health.

Teaching and learning

All teaching is web-based, with a high degree of student-led learning through interactive exercises. The course materials will include links to external web resources such as reports, academic papers, other teaching materials and case studies.

You are encouraged to undertake independent learning based on the learning outcomes for each course unit. You will learn through active learning methods such as case scenarios and using a problem-based approach. Exercises will use real-world examples from appropriate settings, for example from public health practice, globally and nationally. You will also be encouraged to improve existing and develop new communication skills.

You will become able to put into practice what you learn, and there will be opportunities to interact with other students and tutors through dedicated discussion groups. Some units offer exercises based on group work through discussion boards. These exercises meet the skills-based learning objectives common to many public health curricula, such as planning and managing a project, and working as part of a team to deliver a project.

Each course unit will require 15 to 20 hours of study per week. Although you will work through these units independently, you will be guided in this, as online discussions and assignments are linked to particular dates and topics. A unit-specific calendar will be made available in the first week of all units.

Induction

We find that students greatly benefit from a formal induction to the course before they start studying, through an online induction unit. This will introduce you to all aspects of the course and is a good opportunity to meet staff and other students.

Study skills

A study skills course will introduce you to a range of skills and resources required for successful online learning. It includes topics on information searching, referencing and academic writing, and requires you to complete the Academic Malpractice Driving Test.

Coursework and assessment

Each course unit outline sets out our expectations for self-assessment and marked assessment. The assessment will be closely linked to the learning outcomes of each course unit.

Factual knowledge is assessed by self-assessment assignments/quizzes. The results of these self-assessments are purely for feedback purposes. Marked assignments will focus on the ability to synthesise and implement knowledge. There are no formal examinations, as most work is assessed by essay-type assignments. Please refer to individual course unit outlines for details.

We aim to offer the same quality of feedback across the course, although how we deliver this feedback will vary from unit to unit. More information will be available through Blackboard, our online learning platform. All feedback is designed to show how you can improve your work. Formative feedback will give you the opportunity to develop and improve. This is offered in several different ways, for example: 

  • feedback by tutors and fellow students on discussion boards; 
  • automated feedback from self-test or quizzes; 
  • peer review exercises; 
  • reflective exercises which provide sample answers.

These are not assessed and are therefore optional. However, you will be encouraged to take part and reflect on the feedback that you receive.

Course unit details

You will take five mandatory 20-credit units each year, with additional student selected components that will provide you with a local and global perspective of the art and science of public health. We have based the course on the pillars of public health practice, health promotion, health protection, healthcare public health and included global health examples.

You can tailor your learning through personalised plans and optional units. You will have access to a wide range of experts and postgraduate students. We offer additional optional non-credit bearing public health learning opportunities via our open access courses, seminars and an annual international conference.

Course content includes:

  • An introduction to public health
  • Evidence based practice
  • Health promotion
  • Health protection
  • Healthcare public health 
  • Global health

You will learn and present your work through a range of methods including research posters, literature reviews, and global health research, policy or practice project.

Course collaborators

We also run our online and blended learning Manchester MPH.

Facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

A career in public health offers diverse opportunities in a variety of settings, from local public health departments to global NGOs.

There are a range of careers resources offered by the University and the Faculty of Public Health, a membership organisation for public health professionals in the UK and around the world. You may wish to take our Masters of Public Health . As a graduate, we offer bursaries.

To aid your career path, you can find additional advice and resources here: