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Master of Public Health research project MED5334P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The research project is an independent piece of work which students undertake under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. Projects may comprise of the following: empirical research, secondary data analysis, evaluation or audit, a systematic approach to literature review or case study.


Students will attend lectures as well as supervisor meetings throughout the summer period.

Requirements of Entry



Project (80%): 10,000 - 12,000-word project [ILOs 1 - 4]

Presentation (20%): 10-12-minute presentation [ILOs 1 - 4]

Course Aims

The MPH Project aims to enable students to utilise the knowledge garnered throughout the programme in designing, developing, and autonomously undertaking a research project relevant to public health. The project also aims to increase student's confidence in utilising research skills, working under supervision in a self-directed way, and refining their academic writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of the MPH project, students will be able to:

1. Design, plan, and complete a research project related to the discipline of Public Health, and which adds to existing theoretical, methodological, and/or empirical knowledge.

2. Critically evaluate existing theoretical, methodological, and empirical literature.

3. Critically evaluate and justify ethical considerations made during the research process, from design to execution.

4. Synthesise and effectively communicate information throughout the research process.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.