University of Bristol

This MSc will prepare you for a public health career in settings such as health services, government, research and the not-for-profit sector. You will gain core skills and knowledge that are applicable for public health work in the UK and internationally. These include critically appraising evidence, analysing and interpreting data, research methods, and applying methods to protect health, prevent ill-health and improve health services. The programme is open to Medical, Dental and Veterinary Sciences students wishing to intercalate.

The MSc covers the principles and practice of public health, health improvement, health protection, epidemiology and statistics, research methods and evaluation, health economics, ethics and healthcare services. You will learn from people who practise public health, including colleagues from Public Health England, local government and the National Health Service, in addition to research-led teaching from multi-disciplinary experts.

The Department of Population Health Sciences has international excellence in research methods, health protection research, and developing and evaluating public health interventions. The Centre for Public Health is a member of the National Institute of Health Research’s School for Public Health and Health Protection Research Unit.

Programme structure

Teaching methods on campus include lectures, practicals, group work, workshops and seminars.

All taught units are compulsory, as is the dissertation, which is undertaken in the final term and over the summer. Taught units will contribute 120 credits to the overall degree, while the research dissertation contributes 60 credits.

Your dissertation – which can be based on either the ALSPAC cohort, a literature review, qualitative data or your own research topic – will take the form of a journal article and an oral and poster presentation; it also opens the possibility of publication. The programme covers many parts of the Faculty of Public Health’s Part A membership examination.

Entry requirements

You can study an MSc after three or more years of study on your professional programme. Please refer to the admissions statement on our intercalation website for full guidance on how your application will be assessed.

Closing date

The closing date for applications will be advised on the University of Bristol Intercalated degrees website.