Population health science is an emerging area of health research that is focussed on the multiple determinants of health outcomes and their impact on a population. It’s role is to measure, quantify and describe the health status and health inequalities of populations through understanding the interactions of the physical and social environment, individual behaviour, resource allocation, investment and genetics over the life course and through time. To do this effectively requires a range of approaches and techniques that link determinants to outcomes and ultimately allows for the identification and refining of novel population health interventions that are grounded in best practice and are cost effective. The aim of this Population Health Sciences programme is to provide you with the knowledge and skills relating to population health as an emerging and active area of research.
- Online distance learning
- Contact: Dr Daniel F Mackay
- January or September start
- MSc: 36 months part-time
- PgDip: 24 months part-time
- PgCert: 12/24 months part-time
Why this programme
- This MSc in Population Health Sciences is the only taught distance learning programme in the UK allowing you to combine study with work commitments
- You will gain a thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary nature and emerging importance of Population Health Science through studying a broad range of core and optional modules such as Advanced Statistics, Health Economics, Principles of Population Health and Advanced Epidemiology
- Staff at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing are word leaders in their field with high impact and pioneering research into evaluating, developing and informing population health interventions such as the Scottish smoking ban (Jill Pell & Daniel Mackay), Scotland’s alcohol strategy (Lewesy & Mackay) Football Fans in Training (Wyke, Hunt, Gray and Bunn) and the CorMicA and EMPOWER studies (Briggs)
- The institute of Health and Wellbeing also hosts the MRC/CSO funded Social and Public Health Sciences Unit whose staff have global reputations in leading research into Neighbourhoods and Communities (Mitchell) , Complexity in Health Improvement (Moore and Wight) and the Measurement and Analysis of Socio-economic Inequalities in Health (Leyland)
- The Institute of Health and Wellbeing is interdisciplinary in nature with staff work collaboratively across Public Health, General Practice & Primary Care, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment as well as the School of Medicine. This breadth of interdisciplinary collaboration means that you will benefit from the different insights that Institute staff bring to teaching and research.
- Each course has a designated discussion forum where you can interact with your fellow students and members of staff
- You will have the opportunity to improve your communication, team working and independent research skills through developing a research portfolio of poster presentations, short report writing and data analyses.
- Principles of Population Health
- Introduction to Statistics
- Introduction to Epidemiology
- Advanced Statistics
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Communicable Diseases
- Health Promotion: Principles and Practice
- Cultural, social and biological determinants of mental health
- Health Economics
- Analysis of linked data
- Globalisation and Public Health
- Project (online)
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Population Health Sciences is an important and emerging field that combines a number of disciplines in order to better understand and measure health outcomes and their distribution in a population.
The MSc in Population Health Studies will give graduates the key skills they need to enable them to succeed in a career in public health, health services, health policy and academia.
Potential employers include the higher education sector, local and national government as well as health service providers and international health organisations such as WHO.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2019-20
Online distance learning
Home/EU/International: £1667 per 20 credits
60 credits per year over 3 years
Online Distance learning
Home/EU/International: £1667 per 20 credits
60 credits per year over 2 years
Online Distance learning
Home/EU/International: £1667 per 20 credits
60 credits over 1 or 2 years
Fees are the same for Jan 2019 and Sep 2019 entry
Fees for NHS-funded students (after NHS-discount): Jan 2019 entry: £889 per 20 credits, Sep 2019 entry: £939 per 20 credits
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
Master's Loan England only
If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs. You have to repay your Postgraduate Master’s Loan at the same time as any other student loans you have. You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.
If you’re studying by distance learning, you can also apply.
Examples of postgraduate master’s qualifications include:
- MSc (Master of Science)
- MA (Master of Arts)
- MPhil (Master of Philosophy)
- MRes (Master of Research)
- LLM (Master of Law)
- MLitt (Master of Letters)
- MFA (Master of Fine Art)
- MEd (Master of Education)
- MBA (Master of Business Administration)
If you plan to study for Master of Architecture (MArch) or an Integrated Master’s qualification, you should apply for undergraduate supportMore Information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
A relevant first degree, at least at 2.1 honours level, or equivalent
A relevant first degree, at least at 2.2 honours level, or equivalent in addition to a minimum of six months’ work experience in public health or health care. Exceptionally, if a first degree is not relevant then a professional qualification and experience in the practice of public health for at least two years at a professional level is required.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
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How to apply
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- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
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- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
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