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Public Health MSc

This course is subject to validation.

Course Overview

On successful completion of this course, you will receive an MSc in Public Health.

The one year MSc in Public Health is available to those who have successfully completed the Public Health Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).

For those who have not completed the Postgraduate Diploma, you can apply for the Public Health MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma.

The Public Health MSc course starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then progress to module 2 where they undertake the professional project, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).


Course Structure

Module Aims
  • To prepare students for an independent research-based project by developing skills in selecting, appraising, discriminating, using evidence and appropriate research/investigative methods to address relevant topics for investigation.
Module Content
  • Quantitative Studies
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  2. Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer research questions in your field of practice.
Module Aims
  • To formulate the research question that you seek to answer.
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Content Summary

The module will depend on formulating the question and the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific public health related project relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise:

  • Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of non-patient data/organisational audit.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal.
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
  • Secondary data analysis.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Design and undertake research and development project related to public health in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Public Health MSc will require successful completion of the Public Health Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Public Health MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Entry requirements for the two-year course are as for the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should be working within a public health setting, either in the UK or overseas, have a science-based degree, and have some evidence of public health study including epidemiology and/or statistics. Applicants will also need to submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 10 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in Public Health. Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor and other students on a regular basis, with the teaching and assessment following along the same lines as the diploma modules


Module 2 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a public health related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.


Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for February 2021: £8,400
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for February 2021:
£8,400

Please Note: These are the fees for the whole two year course.

Application deadline - February 5th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£750 £750
1st May 2021 £750 £7,750
1st July 2021 £750
1st Sept 2021 £750
1st Nov 2021 £750
1st Jan 2022 £750
1st Mar 2022 £650
1st May 2022 £650
1st July 2022 £650
1st Sept 2022 £650
1st Nov 2022 £650
1st Jan 2023 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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