• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12-24 months
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time

This Masters in Public Health course (MPH) prepares healthcare professionals for leadership in scientific, research and management roles in Public Health.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Our Masters in Public Health course (MPH) focuses on the epidemiological, statistical and behavioural techniques which are applicable in public health practice and research all over the world. At the University of Dundee, you will learn how to design and carry out public health research, giving you the tools to improve the health of communities on a local, international and global scale. 

You will also have the opportunity to improve and enhance your generic and transferable skills, while undertaking a course where pastoral care is considered to be as important as academic needs. In addition, Dundee is a friendly, small city, providing a warm welcome and excellent value for money.

We prepare you

The Dundee Masters in Public Health prepares students for research and management careers in public health and also a variety of medical and health related disciplines. If you are interested in a course in Public Health in the UK, then make Dundee your first choice! 

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

The full time MPH course lasts for one year. The taught component takes nine months and is followed by research leading to a dissertation. All students initially enrol on a diploma programme in public health (DipPubH) which includes the taught component only. To progress to the Masters programme and undertake the Masters Public Health Course dissertation students must obtain an overall pass of 60% in the taught component. Both programmes may be undertaken on a part-time basis.

How you will be taught

The Masters in Public Health course is focused on the academic needs of its students but also provides emotional and pastoral care as required. The inclusion of optional modules creates flexibility, which allows students to tailor the MPH to their specific requirements.

  • A variety of teaching and assessment methods are used to give students the best possible learning opportunity
  • Students are given formative assessment on all assignments
  • Students have a spacious teaching room with computers at their disposal
  • Lecturers operate an open door policy and students are encouraged to seek advice/help at any time
  • Students are given the opportunity to choose a dissertation topic which reflects their interest, then advised on the most appropriate supervisor
  • The rich research environment within Medicine gives students the opportunity to work on a range of topics
  • Medicine has weekly research seminars during term time, to which students are invited to attend

How you will be assessed

Some of the taught modules are assessed by an examination, some by a written assignment, and some by a combination of the two.  Written examinations are held in December, March and May.

What you will study

The Master of Public Health programme consists of the following modules:

  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Clinical Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Behavioural & Social Science
  • Applied Epidemiology
  • Statistics for Clinical Trials
  • Applied Statistics with Routine Health Datasets
  • Introduction to Systematic Reviews
  • Data Visualization
  • Spatial Epidemiology

Students studying for a Master of Public Health then undertake research and write a dissertation.

Drawing from a range of different disciplines, Public Health teaches an organised endeavour to grow the awareness of health, increasing life expectancy and fighting disease through prevention.

With the growing concern over the globalisation of disease, practitioners of Public Health are at the forefront of the next epidemic. 

A UK Public Health Masters course is recognised the world over, and Dundee's MPH prepares students for research and management careers in public health and also  a variety of medical and health related disciplines. 

Previous students graduating with the MPH from Dundee have taken up management positions in public health practice, nursing, professions allied to medicine, education, government, WHO and NGOs; and research positions within academic public health, general practice, acute medicine, nursing, professions allied to medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and environmental health. 

The MPH also provides an ideal springboard for further postgraduate study at PhD and MD level.

What I loved about being in Dundee was the almost seamless blend between the University environment and the city. It is a small city where you can find everything you want, with nice places to shop. I also visited some sites of importance such as the Discovery Point, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee Ice Arena, etc, and also the DUSA building where students meet to socialise.

The learning environment is so friendly and there is help available anytime. We had excellent resident and visiting lecturers, gave presentations, worked on team projects on current Public Health issues, and worked individually on our research projects. This combination of experiences provided me with the knowledge and skills to take up a fellowship program with the West African College of Physicians on my return to Nigeria.

Ibrahim Bashir
Assistant Director of Public Health with the Presidency of Nigeria

My time in Dundee was fruitful and fulfilling. Our MPH lecturers were friendly, and good at lecture delivery. They were at the top of their game and as a result we were given not just what the books say but what is obtainable in the field. Departmental lunch times for staff & students brought a beautiful social dimension to our programme. The atmosphere was homely and second to none for a Masters degree in Public Health.

Kenneth Anueyiagu

To be eligible to register for the MPH, students should normally hold a first class or upper second class degree. Entry is normally restricted to graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing and health-related sciences. Exceptionally, students are accepted without a first degree but in such instances they should have professional qualifications and hold senior posts.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowPublic Health MPHP022924

Course Contact

Dr Julian Davis
+44 (0)1382 383987