Master of Public Health

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: St Mary's

Course Director
Professor Azeem Majeed

Open to applications
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 July 2017
About the course
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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.


In public health, the focus is on populations and communities rather than individual patients. There are a number of career options in research, public or government services or voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations.

Starting from a common core, students may develop into roles ranging from public health analysts, health services researchers, communicable disease control consultants, environmental epidemiologists, health policy advisors or directors of public health.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Term 1

Intensive, compulsory taught modules focus on core concepts and techniques in modern epidemiology, biostatistics and public health.

A mixture of lectures, computer practical sessions using a range of software, journal clubs and discussion groups.

MPH students will also study core public health modules:

  • Health improvement  OR Global health challenges (for Global health stream)
  • Global health

There are additional sessions scheduled throughout Term 1 for the development of professional skills, study skills and careers guidance.

Term 2

A mixture of core public health and health management modules and optional modules allow students to develop a broader understanding of the basis for intervening to improve health, prevent disease and develop health services.

Term 3

Individual research projects are carried out from May to September under supervision.

Projects may be carried out in collaboration with NHS organisations, external companies or government agencies providing the project, facilities and day-to-day supervisory arrangements have been agreed in advance with the course organisers.

Projects are expected to take four months, with a member of Imperial College academic staff assigned to advise and monitor the student's progress.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.


We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

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.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also 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 then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

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.

Application process

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.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 July 2017. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

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.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

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Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

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