MSc Public Health

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two or three years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance on specific days each year
Start date September 2019

Programme overview

This MSc will prepare you for a public health career in a range of settings, such as health services, government, research and not-for-profit. You will gain core skills and knowledge that are applicable for public health work in the UK and internationally. These include critically appraising evidence, analysing and interpreting data, research methods, and applying methods to protect health, prevent ill-health and improve health services. The programme is suitable for students from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.

The MSc covers the principles and practice of public health, health improvement, health protection, epidemiology and statistics, research methods and evaluation, health economics, ethics and healthcare services. You will learn from people who practise public health, including colleagues from Public Health England, local government and the National Health Service, in addition to research-led teaching from multi-disciplinary experts.

Your dissertation, which can be based on large-scale studies or a research topic of your choice, will take the form of a journal article, an oral and a poster presentation and opens the possibility of submission for publication. The programme covers many parts of the Faculty of Public Health's Part A membership examination.

The Department of Population Health Sciences has international excellence in research methods, health protection research, and developing and evaluating public health interventions. The Centre for Public Health is a member of the National Institute of Health Research’s School for Public Health and Health Protection Research Unit.

Watch a video to learn more about the programme, discover what you'll be studying and hear from postgraduate students about life in Bristol.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
UK/EU: part-time (three years)
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

International scholars from the Chevening, Commonwealth, Fulbright and Marshall programmes are welcome to apply for this MSc.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Teaching methods include lectures, practicals, group work, workshops and seminars. Teaching on campus will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for full-time students. For part-time students studying over two years, teaching will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays in year one and on Thursdays in year two. All units are compulsory, as is the dissertation, which is undertaken in the final term and over the summer. Taught units will contribute 120 credits to the overall degree, while the research dissertation contributes 60 credits.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Public Health.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree in a relevant degree including (but not limited to) medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, biological sciences, statistics, geography, politics, psychology and social sciences. Preference will be given to candidates with excellent academic results in their undergraduate degree and demonstrated interest in public health through work experience, volunteering or research.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


Students who graduate from this MSc will be well placed to work in the fields of public health, health improvement, health protection, health information, and in health services, government, not-for-profit and research settings, including applying to undertake a PhD.

The MSc will prepare students to move into careers which, with further work experience and training, would enable them to work in roles such as consultant in public health, director of public health, strategic director of health charities, public health government policy advisers, and lecturers, senior lecturers and professors of public health.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 August 2019.

The school continues to welcome applications that fulfil our admissions criteria in order to select a balanced international student cohort. As students from different countries tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some countries may close earlier in the year. Any such decision will be reviewed on a regular basis.

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Contact details

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 428 2752 Email:

Dr Ruth Kipping Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 4584

Faculty of Health Sciences
1st Floor 5 Tyndall Avenue
School website: Bristol Medical School

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

REF 2014 results

  • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care:
  • 50% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.


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