Postgraduate taught 

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

Master of Public Health Reseearch Project MED5479P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

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: empirical research, secondary data analysis, evaluation or audit, a systematic approach to literature review or case study.


This course will feature lectures as well as meetings with the project supervisor.

Requirements of Entry





Research Project = 10,000-12,000 words. 

Course Aims

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

■ Apply knowledge of research methods to design, develop and autonomously carry out a research project relevant to public health.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Formulate and critically evaluate public health research questions and develop relevant research designs to answer these.

■ Identify relevant literature using computerised information systems including electronic bibliographic databases and synthesise extracted data.

■ Critically analyse public health research data.

■ Critically select an appropriate research design and explain the variety of research designs appropriate for use within public health research.

■ Present research progress, defend methods chosen and respond to suggestions for improvement from colleagues.

■ Work independently to reach research milestones and satisfactorily complete the research project.

■ Write a concise scientific account of their project work using a scientific style appropriate to the project topic.

■ Design a strategy for dissemination of research findings to appropriate audiences.

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.