Postgraduate taught 

Public Health (online) MPH/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

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The study of public health plays a central role in guiding health care practice, influencing health policy, protecting the public and improving population health. By pursuing further learning in this area at the University of Glasgow, you will be better equipped to provide excellence in these areas.

Your studies at the University of Glasgow will give you the skills and knowledge to drive positive change and help safeguard community health. Gain experience in public health research methods in order to critically explore the field and advance your career in health improvement, health protection and humanitarian aid. If you work or intend to work in an organisation which has public health responsibilities or aims to improve population health, this programme is suited to you.

Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to experience the outstanding education we are known for without the need for relocation.

  • Duration: MPH in Public Health (online) 30 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12 months part‑time

Why this programme

Studying Public Health online at Glasgow

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  • The online public health programme is run by the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, which is home to world-leading expertise across a diverse range of disciplines. The programme features interdisciplinary content from environmental protection to sociology and health economics.
  • Through our research, the University of Glasgow has been at the forefront of major public health interventions such as Scotland's smoking ban and alcohol misuse strategy.
  • In addition to our academic expertise, you'll benefit from input from local authorities, volunteer organisations, the private sector and the University's contractual connections with NHS Scotland.
  • Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this online degree in public health is taught by staff with experience in a broad range of areas. Current disciplines represented include health promotion, health protection, sociology, psychology, epidemiology, statistics and health economics.
  • The MPH online course equips you with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of public health principles and practice as well as epidemiology, health protection and health promotion. You will graduate with a skill set that enables you to make an informed and significant difference to whatever public health environment you find yourself working in.
  • Over 95% of the research submitted by the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework in 2021.
  • We are ranked 51st in the world for Life Sciences & Medicine by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

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Programme structure

Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health

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

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health

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

Master in Public Health

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

The University of Glasgow specially adapts programmes to the online format. You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. You will also build important connections with fellow students by taking part in project and team work.

Our expert staff will assess your progression through each course in a variety of ways. This may include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

Taken on a part-time basis, the duration of this programme is 2.5 to 6 years depending on the credential obtained.

To discover more about the programme watch our webinar with the programme director or visit our articles section for more information.

For more detailed information on our courses, click the links below. 

Core Courses

Optional Courses

The Glasgow virtual learning environment is an extension and evolution of conventional teaching, rather than a replacement for it – providing mentorship and support where it is needed, a sense of being part of an actual classroom cohort, and learning content that can easily be accessed” – James Carrier, Online Student.

Programme outcomes

  • Appraise policy and assess its contribution to population health.
  • Apply principles of epidemiology, statistical analysis and health improvement in the field.
  • Identify, analyse and apply social, economic and environmental theories to improve services.
  • Assess and debate explanations for the persistence of public health inequalities.
  • Evaluate initiatives to improve overall population health. 
  • Examine and critically compare key theoretical concepts that underpin organisational behaviour and management. Apply these concepts to the improvement of public health services.
  • Explore models of disease causation and design strategies to mitigate risk.
  • Analyse the concept of risk and design strategies to prepare for and mitigate against risk situations.
  • Review evidence, interpret data and employ research methods to meet current public health challenges.

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.

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Career prospects

Our online MPH programme has an emphasis on original research and takes an international approach to public health. Widely recognised by health organisations and businesses the world over, a master’s in Public Health opens careers in teaching, health programme management, epidemiology and academic research.

Potential career opportunities for graduates of the online public health programme include:

  • lecturer
  • health development manager
  • public health advisor
  • health programme specialist
  • epidemiologist
  • medical practitioner
  • clinical university teacher
  • various research positions

Public health practitioners are employed in health services, academia, national and local government, the voluntary sector, and in international humanitarian relief. Current students work as nurses, doctors, pharmacists, health improvement officers, and researchers. To learn more, read our article about the value of a master’s in public health for your career.

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Fees & funding

MPH

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.

Fees are the same for Jan and Apr 2023 start

Fees for NHS-funded students (after NHS-discount): Jan/Apr 2023 entry: £1,112 per 20 credits, Sep 2023 entry: £1,174 per 20 credits

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

Additional fees

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

Funding opportunities

UK Study Online Scholarship

The UK Study Online scholarship is open to UK, EU and international students taking online undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Please see UK Study Online for more details.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans England only (PTFL)

If you’re an English student looking to study a taught Masters programme in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan. Students from England are able to apply for a non-means tested Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £11,570 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.

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

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 2022/23. 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 most University scholarships.

Postgraduate Student Loan (NI)

If you are a Northern Irish student looking to study a taught Masters programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a University in Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish students are able to apply for non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, to help with the costs of funding.

For more information visit www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/types-of-finance/postgraduate .

* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes

Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund

The Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund is a charitable endowment which was established in 1868 by a Victorian philanthropist by the name of John Clark. He was a thread manufacturer and prominent citizen from Paisley. The fund is now governed by Rules laid down in a 1974 Scheme (as varied with the consent of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in 2013).

Please see the Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund for more information.

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

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Entry requirements

To be accepted for this programme, you must have: 

  • At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant health related subject from a recognised institution. We are able to consider a relevant Honours degree with at least 2:2 or equivalent in addition to at least 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 one year at a professional level is required.

When submitting your application, please include:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A supporting statement

This is in addition to the documents listed in 'how to apply'.

Are you interested in confirming your eligibility and reserving your place on our online programme?
If you meet the above entry criteria and have studied in the UK, Canada, USA, Saudi Arabia or the UAE then we may be able to provide an offer in principle. Submit your degree certificate (or equivalent), including your final overall grade and a copy of your CV to our team here for a check. A member of our team will provide feedback or an offer in principle within 48 hours.*

What is an offer in principle? An offer in principle is an initial offer, letting you know that based on the information you’ve supplied, we think you’re eligible and would love to support you in submitting an application. It is not a formal offer of admission to this university. A formal offer may have conditions attached.

*Terms and conditions apply which will be specified in any offer in principle you receive.

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)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, mybest or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test, this includes TOEFL mybest.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

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 UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT 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:

 

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
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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
  • An English language certificate/evidence of your English language ability may be required
  • 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, you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

Please ensure all documents are correctly named and are uploaded before you submit your application to prevent any delays with your file.

All documentation must be attached to your online application, but please remember your student recruitment coordinator is here to support you by reviewing it before you upload it, so feel free to send them over to your student recruitment coordinator before you submit your application. 

  • 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. Online taught masters degrees begin in January, April and September. 
  • 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. It is important to upload official copies of your transcripts and certificates for your full academic history, from Undergraduate onwards. For example, if you have a bachelors and a masters degree, you must send documents from both degrees. 
  • 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.

If you have any difficulty in completing the application, please contact us.

 

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For information on our on-campus Public Health programme, please see: MPH (Master of Public Health)