Public Health MSc

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Improve the lives of others by preventing and managing health problems. Make a real difference to people’s health and help them to live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. Focus on areas that match your interests and skills.

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This course mixes taught elements with independent projects. We support you with guidance and inspiration, and you will negotiate a final project that matches your personal interests. You will analyse the global and national policy, and its practical implications, and have an opportunity to study an area of healthcare in depth.

Public health covers three key domains: Health improvement, which includes monitoring specific diseases, risk factors and inequalities; Improving services, which includes audit, evaluation, service planning and efficiency; Health protection, which includes responses to infectious diseases and environmental hazards.

If you are interested in workplace health and wellbeing, you may be interested in studying MSc Health, Safety and Wellbeing - see our ‘Related Courses’.

Why us?

  • Our Institute of Health Sciences and Wellbeing aims to conduct world-leading research that leads to better physical and mental health for all
  • As our lecturers continue to work in public health, you will learn from their up-to-date knowledge and practice

Course structure

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, self-directed learning and e-learning.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include coursework, projects, poster and oral presentations, timed tests and exams.

Modules on this course include:

  • Health Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (30 credits)
  • Sociological Perspectives and Global Health (30 credits)
  • Applied Public Health Practice (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Epidemiology and Health Measurement (30 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Health (30 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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  • This course is based in the Sciences Complex in our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investment in modern facilities.

    IT facilities are excellent with hundreds of workstations available as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

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Sunderland has excellent facilities that have been boosted by multi-million pound redevelopments. At the same time, the University is fully plugged into relevant health care and industry organisations, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

in a subject related area.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is:

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK or EU and studying full-time
  • £13,000 if you are from outside the EU and studying full-time
  • £361 per 10 credits if you are studying part-time (UK/EU applicants only)

Please note, we are unable to accept international applicants for the part-time course who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The increased emphasis on wellness is leading to new types of employment in helping people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. On completing this course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work at an advanced level in line with current health legislation and policy. 

Career options

Public Health professionals work in a range of community health areas such as primary health care teams, public health units, drug and alcohol settings, and health and social care settings. There are also opportunities in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health administration, health education and health policy.

Potential roles include becoming a manager in the NHS, local authorities and non-statutory sectors. For example, at the top end of the scale, there are roles as Director of Public Health that attract salaries of up to around £100,000. There are also many other opportunities as a public health professional. 

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  • Every piece of experience gained here in Sunderland has been enriching and memorable.

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