Postgraduate taught 

Population Health Sciences MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

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Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for, without having to relocate to our campus.

Our online Population Health Sciences programme will provide you with all the benefits of our core Public Health programme, but with an emphasis on statistical, rather than clinically focused, content. Through a broader public health focus, this MSc explores the multiple determinants of health outcomes and their impact on the population. The programme seeks to combine contemporary and emerging issues in Population Health with advances in health informatics and big data to provide relevant, informed and transformative knowledge that will enable our graduates to make a difference to population health at a local, national and global level. This is your opportunity to understand how the physical and social environment, individual behaviour, distribution of resources, investment and genetics have an impact on health status and inequalities in populations over time.

  • Online distance learning
  • Contact:
    onlinedegreesadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk
  • Teaching start:
    • Monday, 21 September 2020
    • Monday, 11 January 2021
    • Monday, 19 April 2021
    • Monday, 20 September 2021
  • MSc: 30 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12/24 months part‑time

Why this programme

  • Developing and evaluating interventions iconDue to the interdisciplinary nature of Population Health Science, you will be able to study a broad range of core and optional courses such as Advanced Statistics, Health Economics, Principles of Population Health, Advanced Epidemiology, Data Science, Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion.
  • Our online programme allows you to choose a route of study to match your interests or career goals.
  • The programme is delivered by staff from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing who are world leaders in their field. The team conducts high-impact and pioneering research into evaluating, developing and informing population health interventions such as the Scottish smoking ban and Scotland's alcohol strategy.
  • The role of this online Population Health Sciences masters is to measure, quantify and describe the health status and health inequalities of populations. This is done by gaining an understanding of the interactions of the physical and social environment, individual behaviour, resource allocation, investment and genetics over the life course and through time.
  • Studying these areas effectively requires a range of approaches and techniques that link determinants to outcomes. Ultimately, this allows for the identification and refining of novel population health interventions that are grounded in best practice and are cost-effective.
  • You'll also benefit from sharing interests and unique experiences with students from other health care programmes.
  • Gain transferable skills to improve your communication, team working and independent research skills through developing a research portfolio of poster presentations, short report writing and data analyses designed to align with graduate attributes.

Programme structure

PGCert

  • 2 x 20 credit core courses
  • 1 x 20 credit optional course

PgDip

  • 3 x 20 credit courses
  • 3 x 20 credit optional courses

MSc

  • 3 x 20 credit courses
  • 3 x 20 credit optional courses
  • 1 x 60 credit dissertation

 

You will gain a thorough understanding of the interdisciplinary nature and emerging importance of Population Health Sciences through studying a broad range of core and optional courses such as Advanced Statistics, Health Economics, Principles of Population Health and Advanced Epidemiology.

Rather than a dissertation, this programme is assessed through practical methods in order to suit the key set of skills which this industry requires. Such techniques focus on the delivery of your results to an audience, for example data analysis, reports, posters, presentations, journal articles.

Throughout each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

The duration of this programme is 2.5 years - 6 years taken on a part-time basis. For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.

Core courses:

Optional courses

Programme outcomes

  • Discuss contemporary and established issues in Population Health Science from a local, national and global perspective.
  • Apply cutting edge research skills to inform Population Health policy and practice.
  • Critically appraise, evaluate and inform complex interventions delivered at the local, national and population level.
  • Develop original and creative responses to complex problems and issues.
  • Evaluate techniques of data analysis and synthesis.
  • Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of competing and complementary research designs and critique their role in informing population health science research.
  • Recognise, appraise and critique the strength, weaknesses and opportunities presented by Big Data and its potential for informing population health science policy and practice.

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.

Career prospects

The online MSc Population Health Sciences programme will give you the key skills you need 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 the World Health Organization.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2021-22

MSc

UK / EU / International:

  • £15,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits

PgDip

UK / EU / International:

  • £10,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits.

PgCert

UK / EU / International:

  • £5,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits

NHS-funded students

Fees for students funded by the NHS (after NHS discount) are:

  • £9,450 (total cost)
  • £1,050 per 20 credits

Tuition fees for January and April 2021 start

  • UK / EU /International: £1,667 per 20 credits
  • Students funded by the NHS (after NHS discount): £983 per 20 credits

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Funding opportunities

The Martin Niemöller Scholarship (College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences)

The German Speaking Congregation in Glasgow are pleased to offer one scholarship award of £500 for students originating from German speaking countries. The scholarship will support those students in need of financial support at any stage of their degree programme.

All students awarded a Martin Niemöller Scholarship will be asked to submit a short letter of thanks to the Development and Alumni Office for onward transmissions to the donors of the award.

Sustainability Scholarship

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The scholarship will be awarded for the fall/autumn semester of 2021 and is open to people from anywhere in the world who want to study a master's program that is helping you making the world more sustainable.

Please see Finduddannelse.dk Sustainability Scholarship for more details.

Our ideal candidate is a student that is planning on starting a master's degree that can help alleviate the impact of the climate change - whether it be within clean energy, biology, architecture, economics, business, health, agriculture, law, political science, journalism or any other relevant field.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans England only (PTFL)

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 support

Alumni Discount

In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2020/21. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside other University scholarships.

Postgraduate Student Loan (Scotland and EU)

Eligible full-time and part-time students, undertaking an eligible postgraduate course, can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £5,500 towards their course. 

Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply to us for a living-cost loan of up to £4,500. 

Please see the Postgraduate funding guide.

For more information visit the SAAS website

Postgraduate Loans for Welsh Students

If you are a Welsh student looking to study a postgraduate programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a Welsh University.

* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes

Postgraduate Master's Finance

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time Postgraduate Master’s course (taught or research based) from 1 August 2019, you can apply for Postgraduate Master's Finance and receive up to £17,000 as a combination of grant and loan:

  • a maximum grant of £6,885 and loan of £10,115 if your household income is £18,370 and below
  • a grant of £1,000 and loan of £16,000 if your household income is not taken into account or is above £59,200.

For more information visit Student Finance Wales

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Doctoral course (such as a PhD) from 1 August 2019 you can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,700.

For more information visit Student Finance Wales

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  • At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area (i.e. Statistics, Epidemiology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Dentistry, Medicine, Economics, Public Health, Human Geography) from a recognised institution. We are able to consider a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:2 or equivalent in addition to a minimum of six months’ work experience in public health or health care.
  • Exceptionally, if a Honours degree is not relevant, consideration may be given to those with a professional qualification and experience in the practice of public health with at least two years at a professional level.

Please include a curriculum vitae and supporting statement with your application. 

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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.

Pre-sessional courses

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:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

Computer requirements for studying online

Broadband internet connection

  • 3 mbps or higher

Internet Browsers

Our online learning platform Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. This includes:

Desktop:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer

Mobile:

  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. 

Javascript needs to be enabled within your browser

Please note: legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

Computer specifications

  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating system (minimum):
    • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
  • Hard disk: 300GB
  • Sound card and microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
  • Webcam

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • 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)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

  • Please note that applications for the September 2020 intake will be accepted up until the 2 September 2020.
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