Postgraduate

Public Health, Health Serv Res MSc PGDip PGCert

Public Health and Health Services Research MSc, PGDip, PGCert

MSc - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 or 36 months
PGDip - full time: 9 months, part time: 21 months
PGCert - part time: 9 months

Profile

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in Public Health and/or Health Services Research in the UK or internationally with the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad), local government, the voluntary sector or academic health care. It is suitable as preparation for the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health.

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You will study:

  • the factors that can influence the health of populations
  • the provision of health and health care
  • research skills
  • how to apply research findings to improve health and the delivery of health care services 

One third of the MSc involves a research project, which is developed in collaboration with staff in the Institute of Health and Society. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academic staff, or propose your own research area.

Projects vary and can involve:

  • primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods)
  • secondary analysis of a wide range of available datasets
  • systematic review

You receive thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods, and are provided with regular research supervision throughout the course. You are encouraged to present your research at conferences and publish in peer reviewed journals, for example the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The MSc provides, together with service training, an appropriate preparation for the academic components of the Diploma and Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health

Results of the Postgraduate Teaching Experience Survey 2012 indicated that 96% of students are satisfied with the level of dissertation supervision they are given. 100% of students surveyed said their overall expectations of the course were met.

Delivery

The MSc consists of taught modules, a supervised project and dissertation. The project and dissertation are valuable opportunities for you to apply the knowledge and skills you learn from the taught component of the course.

Teaching is via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We encourage active learning through discussion, problem-solving and group work. Some teaching sessions may involve student presentations, and preparatory or further reading. Individual study is required for other sessions. Some of our modules are taught in three day blocks over three weeks. Others are taught in three hour blocks.

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

MSc

The full MSc combines taught modules up to the value of 120 credits and a dissertation for 60 credits, totalling 180 credits.

Postgraduate Diploma

You must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

Postgraduate Certificate

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) consists of 60 credits of taught modules and provides an introduction to the methods of public health and health services research.

Compulsory modules
Optional modules

You will take a further 70 credits from the following:

Postgraduate Diploma

You must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

MSc

You must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a dissertation of 60 credits to be awarded the MSc.

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Contact us for details of our part time fees.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a medical, health or social sciences discipline. You can also apply if you have successfully completed the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, or equivalent.

If you have a different background you will be considered on an individual basis. If you have non-standard qualifications then you will be invited to an interview.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.5 overall (with at least 7.0 in writing)

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course, but we recommend that you apply by the start of September.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Public Health Programme Team
Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8755
Email: pghealth@newcastle.ac.uk

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