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Public Health (MPH)

1 year (full-time) / 27 months (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme aims to provide students with the knowledge to:

Special Features

Course Description

The MPH programme starts in September each year and can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over 27 months.  The programme has Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.

Part-time students take the core modules (held every Wednesday during terms 1, 2 and 3) in year 1 and specialty modules in year 2 (held on Thursdays and Fridays depending on the subject). Full-time students take core and specialty modules concurrently. All students undertake a dissertation on a suitable public health topic.

Students will undertake 80 credits from core modules and a further 40 credits from their choice of two specialty modules. The dissertation is worth a further 60 credits.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and small group work. Students are assessed via summative assignments, and unseen examinations in May. Dissertation work is carried out during the summer for submission in September (full-time) or December (part-time).

Course Structure

Full-time students will be required to attend 2 or 3 days per week, depending on module choices. Part-time students will be required to attend 1 day per week during their first year (Wednesday) and 1 or 2 days during their second year, depending on module choices.

The core modules are:

Students then choose two from the following specialty modules:

Skills Acquired

Entry Requirements

Suitable for those from a wide range of health backgrounds, including dentistry, environmental health, health information, health planning, health promotion, health service evaluation, health service management, social work, medicine, nutrition, and nursing.

In addition to satisfying the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements, including English Language requirements, applicants will normally possess an initial degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health or other related field or a cognate subject, awarded by a recognised Institution, at 2:1 level or higher.

Non-graduates may also be accepted provided the applicant is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee that they have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis by the selection committee. Overseas applications should be received in good time before the start of the programme, preferably by June. UK-based applicants may be invited to attend for an informal discussion.

For more information please visit the MPH website.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £7,750 £18,250
Part-time £3,875
Per 20-credit module: £1,292
Deposit Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy. Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Julia Hodgson  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7227 



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School Contact

Name: Dr Ben Carter or Ms Hannah Broughton (Academic Contact) 

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7147 or +44 (0)29 2068 7224 



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