Master of Public Health (MPH)
Start date: October 2017
Location: St Mary's
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This course, which also offers a Global Health stream, merges the study of epidemiology, biostatistics and health research methods with public health skills.
About the course
This full-time course merges the study of epidemiology, biostatistics and health research methods with public health skills.
It will suit those with both medical and non-medical backgrounds who are interested in developing their research skills and public health career.
Course lecturers are leaders in academic fields of statistics, epidemiology (chronic diseases and infectious diseases) and health services research. Guest speakers include public health professionals with experience in developing, managing and implementing interventions in public health.
You have a unique opportunity to study two modules from the MSc in International Health Management at Imperial College Business School and to undertake an extra-curricular module on health systems, which is delivered by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training.
There is also the opportunity to undertake the summer research project with a wide range of NHS and public health organisations.
Global Health stream
In 2013, we introduced a Global Health stream into this course. The aim of this stream is to train MPH students to contribute to improvements in global health.
The course will be of particular interest to those who want to expand their knowledge on health issues in low and middle income settings.
If you choose to follow the Global Health stream you will share a number of core modules with all other MPH students, and selected modules and lectures with MSc in Epidemiology.
The stream will also include new modules developed exclusively for this course. These modules outline current global health challenges and provide insights into innovative responses to meet these challenges, within the context of a complex global political and economic environment.
Most of the taught material of Term 1 will be assessed by a 3-hour written examination paper at the start of Term 2. Most of the taught material of Term 2 will be assessed by a 3-hour written examination paper at the start of Term 3.
Other modules in Terms 1 and 2 will be assessed by mini-project coursework to be submitted by the start of the third term. The third term will be assessed on the basis of a 10-15,000 word dissertation.
An oral presentation will be given during the final examination, by viva voce, in September.
Detailed course content can be found on the School of Public Health website.
Minimum academic requirements
2.1 Honours degree in a science subject or MBBS degree.
Suitable applicants are likely to be those with a background in: medicine, health sciences, biological sciences or environmental sciences.
Mature applicants with relevant academic or professional experience will also be considered.
We accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying for then please contact the relevant admissions team.
English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.
For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
Fees and funding
Home and EU students
Islands and overseas students
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Funding from Imperial
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.