Institute of Health & Society


Postgraduate learning

Taught and research masters programmes

The Institute of Health & Society offers a distinctive set of programmes that provide a very broad range of public health education, attracting students who, though from widely different backgrounds, all share a passion to make a positive contribution to public health and wellbeing and to enhance their intellect and skills base.

Programmes can be taken full time or part time. It is also possible to take modules to gain a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma.

We welcome intercalating medical students to the programmes, from Newcastle University (in the UK and Malaysia) and from other medical schools in the UK and abroad.

The Institute’s staff design and lead five MSc programmes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School:

Public health MPH
MSc global public health
MSc health services research
MSc public health and health services research
MSc social science and health research

Our staff also lead two of the Graduate School’s MRes programmes:
MRes epidemiology
MRes global health

Modern day doctors and health professionals in public health and primary care need to be equipped with knowledge of epidemiology and statistical and other data methodologies to provide for human health needs. Understanding complex health interventions in their social, political, and economic contexts is necessary to meet contemporary challenges and enable universal access to care.

Programmes consist of taught elements and student research projects. Teaching grounds students fully in public health research techniques, analyses, and knowledge. This gives them the skills and confidence to move onto the next level of their careers or if they wish of their research.

For course content, entry requirements, fees, funding and visa information please see the degree descriptions on the University's postgraduate prospectus


Research programmes

Students considering a postgraduate research degree may find it helpful to find out more about our major research areas and the particular interests of members of staff. This will help you in selecting a potential supervisor.

For course content, research areas, research skills training, entry requirements, fees, funding and visa information please see the degree descriptions on the University's central prospectus:

Our students work as members of active research groups and are provided with opportunities to attend conferences, postgraduate research seminars and other events. There are some opportunities for students to supplement their income by undertaking part-time research work and providing teaching support.

We have an active student-led Postgraduate Support Group and regular Postgraduate Research Newsletters.

Further information

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds. You can find out more about their experiences of studying with us by watching these short video interviews: