Can I do the course part-time?

No, the Master of Public Health at Imperial College is offered only as a full-time course.

The programme is an intensive full-time programme requiring active study for a full 12 months.

Can I have a part-time job while studying?

The Master of Public Health at Imperial College is a very intensive and demanding programme and requires a great time commitment. Students are advised against working while studying for the MPH, achieving the best possible academic success in the programme and meeting all the learning outcomes requires a full-time commitment. Note that international students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week while they are studying in the UK. To read more about the competencies and commitment required to complete the programme please refer to the SPH Core Competency Standards (PDF).

Where and when can I apply?

Applications are made using the on-line form.  Please note there are no paper versions of this form. The on-line portal is usually open for applications in mid-November for the next intake in October of the following year.  There is just one intake per annum.

When is the deadline for applications?

There is no set deadline to submit applications. However, the programme may stop accepting new applications at any time earlier than that, if all the available places have been filled in.  The MPH is a very poular and competitive programme and therefore, you are advised to apply as early as possible.

The majority of applications are made between November and April.  We operate a waiting list when all places are filled.

International applicants are advised to apply no later than end of July to allow time to obtain a visa.

If you are looking to seek funding, for example apply for a Scholarship to fund your study, it is very important that you apply and plan for your studies well in advance as scholarship deadlines are often earlier in the academic year i.e. between November and April, for the following entry point in October.

If you are accepted on to the programme before August 30th 2017 you will have 28 days to pay the deposit. After this date you will be required to pay the deposit as soon as possible before the start of the course. If you accept after the deadline, you will be registered automatically for deferred entry. Please note that due to the intensity of teaching and learning we cannot allow late arrivals to the course; all students are required to arrive during the first week (Induction Week).

How can I know if I am eligible?

The entry requirements are captured in the Overview section and MPH Programme Specification 2017/18 (PDF).

However, we cannot assess applicants as to whether they will be eligible for the MPH until an application is submitted and reviewed. The final decision is made by the Programme/Admissions Team when they have an opportunity to assess the full application. This includes qualification/degree results and IELTS score (minimum overall IELTS = 7 and minimum 6.5 in each element), references and other supporting material, i.e. supporting statement.

Each year there is a large demand for a limited number of places on the MPH. Therefore the application process is competitive. 

Do I need to have a quantitative background?

We do not require a quantitative first degree. However, the course has a substantial quantitative component and there are core modules in the theory and practice of statistics and epidemiology during the first term, as well as a module in health economics in term 2.

All students are required to take and pass a mathematics test during the first week.

This is to ensure you will be able to cope with the standard of maths required. If you get accepted you will be asked to complete an online mathematics course to help you study for this test. If you have doubts about the level of quantitative material, please contact us on:  mph-queries@imperial.ac.uk 

There are optional maths skills sessions/workshops available to students during term one for students who wish to seek further support and develop their skills in relation to maths/statistics.

How much statistics is covered?

During the first term you will learn about probability, hypothesis testing, simple non-parametric methods, generalised linear regression, calculating estimates of disease risk and survival analysis. There is a term 1 core module on 'Introduction to Statistical Thinking and Data Analysis'.

To read more about the modules on offer, please see the Programme Content section.

There are optional maths skills sessions/workshops available to students during term one for students who wish to seek further support and develop their skills in relation to maths/statistics.

Which stream should I apply for?

The Health Services and Systems (HSS) stream focuses on the theory and practice of population health and health service improvement initiatives.

The Global Health (GH) stream is orientated towards training students for a Global Health career. The stream seeks to expand students’ understanding of the manifestations of health challenges within the context of low and middle income settings, as well as the supranational structures and processes involved in tackling these challenges. 

You can read more about the stream choices and modules/content within them in the Programme Content section.

Please use the first sentence of your personal statement to indicate which stream you are applying for.

What do the MPH programme team want to see in a personal statement?

It is important to demonstrate that you have read about and understood the content and learning outcomes of this particular MPH programme.  It is also helpful to state how and why this MPH is a good match for your interests, skills, aspirations and academic background.

The personal statement also gives the programme team the opportunity to further assess the suitability of the application, and for you to demonstrate an exceptional background and level of experience pertinent to work experience or demonstrable drive towards epidemiology and public health research or action.

What happens after I apply?

Once you submit your application, you should hear from us within 6 weeks with an email explaining whether you have been offered a place or not. If you are made an offer, you will have 28 days to accept. You will then have a further 30 days to pay your deposit.

How much is the deposit?

The deposit is 10% of the fees.

Is it possible to get an extension?

If you need more time to decide or secure funding for your studies, please contact us to discuss the options and if an extension can be granted: mph-queries@imperial.ac.uk 

What happens after I pay my deposit?

When you have paid your deposit, you have secured your place in the course. You will be contacted by the programme team ahead of the start date in October (typically August-September) about pre-programme reading and information on starting/enrolling on the programme.

How many hours study is it per week?

The programme is full time requiring attendance every weekday, typically from 9.30AM – 5.00PM (except Wednesday afternoons). 

Can I come to meet staff before I apply?

There are opportunities to meet members of the programme team and other staff during the year at our open evenings, which are typically scheduled in mid-November, mid-February and mid-April. These open evenings for 2018/10 entry will be announced through the programmes’s webpages.

I have a 3-week holiday booked next year during term-time and I will be starting the MPH course in October; can I take my holiday and try to catch up the work I missed afterwards?

No, this would not be permissible. The MPHc is a full-time, intensive taught course and students may not take holidays during term time. The programme runs for one unbroken calendar year from October through to end September. There is no allowance within the schedule for holiday breaks.  Attendance is required as a full-time student throughout the duration of the programme.

Students are required to undertake independent study for each module outside of teaching time, including preparation for assessment. This includes during the Christmas and Easter breaks too.  If a student has urgent or important commitments that require leave from the programme for a significant proportion of time (e.g. more than one week) the student would normally need to suspend/interrupt their studies for a full 12 months and resume studies at the same time the following year. Formal interruption from study requires approval and is not always permissible.

May I register for another course while I am studying for the MPH?

No, students may not register for another programme of study, at Imperial College or elsewhere, until their MPH registration at Imperial College has expired/completed.