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St Mary's University

Public Health (Distance Learning) MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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Distance learning available


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1 year (full-time), 2/3 years (part-time)

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Please note: September 2023 applications are closed. You can still apply for January 2024.

Protect and empower communities with our cutting-edge Public Health master’s.

Prevent disease and fight health inequality with our innovative Public Health master’s. You will develop critical knowledge and skills while covering:

  • epidemiology
  • sociology
  • biostatistics
  • health economics
  • global health
  • bioethics
  • development of public health policies
  • human trafficking and violence.

Online and flexible

Our postgraduate public health degree is online and flexible. Therefore, you’ll have the freedom to study around your commitments.

Exceptional teaching

Our academics are active in policy development, advisory groups, and the voluntary sector. They also conduct research in collaboration with:

  • the World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • the NHS
  • Whitehall and Westminster
  • the Office for National Statistics.

You’ll get specialist guidance from your lecturers, who prioritise your personal and professional growth. Our student, Aikaterini, tells us they were “always encouraged and fully supported”.

Dr Eirini Kelaiditi

Course Lead - Public Health MSc

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International students and students with no previous formal qualifications will be required to complete a short online bridging course (free of charge). The course will be available from August and open until registration for the new academic year. The bridging course will provide a foundation to academic skills and basic statistical and analytical skills.

As part of the bridging course students will have to complete short assessments on academic skills (writing and referencing) and statistics (MCQs). A minimum score of 40% in each assessment is required for successful enrolment to the degree.

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 (or above) UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a subject such as health promotion, public health, allied health, health-related studies (e.g. psychology, nutrition), social sciences, biosciences, sport science, and environmental health.


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Additional requirement information

You will also need access to computer equipment that meets our minimum technology specifications.

Relevant credits, such as credits at an appropriate level and in an appropriate subject, earned in another institution or in other institutions, in the European Union or elsewhere, may merit exemption from a proportion of the degree. The maximum number of credits for which exemption that may be given are as follows:

  • Postgraduate Diploma: up to 40 credits
  • Master's degree: up to 60 credits

Students who are given entry with advanced standing to a Master’s programme may be exempted from taught elements only. Applications based on credits achieved from study or learning achieved elsewhere will be considered on a case-by-case basis at Programme level and by the Head of Registry.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

International students and those with no previous formal qualifications, will be required to have at least 2-year experience in a relevant health field, supported by appropriate references and subject to an interview (via Skype/Zoom/Teams).

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding






Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many home postgraduate students. Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding.  International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Career opportunities

With our Public Health master’s, you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as critical thinking, adaptability, and communication.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Public health jobs

epidemiologypublic health intelligencehealth promotionhealth and well-being coordinationspecialist community nursingpublic health leadershipteachingresearch

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