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Public Health (MRes)

Our distance learning course has been shown to meet the needs of health service researchers in a variety of public health settings.

Public Health (Web-based Learning) Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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The MRes in Public Health offers an introduction to research development for those currently working in healthcare who wish to become researchers or follow a research pathway within their profession.

Whatever public health setting you work in – from local authorities to non-governmental organisations both in the UK and overseas – this course will provide the grounding you need to develop your research skills.

You will learn through a combination of coursework and research training, with the modular nature of the course allowing you to fit the taught component around your own training needs.

Our MRes is ideal for Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) who wish to gain research experience in public health.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
1 year FT, 2 years PT, 3-5 years PT
Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of an Upper Second honours degree or the overseas equivalent.

Significant relevant research or professional experience may be considered in place of an academic qualification lower than an Upper Second.

Applicants who fail to meet the required entry criteria for the programme will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on another route of the programme such as a postgraduate certificate or diploma. These people may be allowed to progress to the full MSc course if they pass the course at the required, MSc level.

International students must have an equivalent classification and you should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

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How to apply

We recommend you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the 01 September. Late applications may be considered. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.


Your application form must include the following documents:

  • two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly;
  • copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated;
  • copies of official university transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • a personal statement of approximately 300-500 words about why you wish to take this course and how it will affect your personal and professional development. This statement should try and refer to your current role;
  • full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience;
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to

After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Our Public Health MRes programme provides an innovative distance learning research degree that meets the need of researchers in all public health settings, from local authorities to non-governmental organisations in both the UK and worldwide.

The modular nature enables you to design the taught component around your own training needs, and to study this at a distance.

Our programme provides an introduction to research development, mainly for those currently in the healthcare workforce who wish to become researchers or pursue a research pathway within their profession.

This is done through a combination of coursework and research training.

After completing the taught component, you will be supported in carrying out your own research project or full systematic review.

Most of the staff teaching and/or supervising on this programme are from the Institute of Population Health, giving you the opportunity to work alongside international experts in this area.

We offer two MRes programmes, one in Public Health and one in Primary Care. Distinction between the two is based on the course units taken and the research topics chosen.

Our programme is ideal for Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) who wish to gain research experience in the field of public health.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £9,000
    International students: £17,000
  • MRes (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £900 per 15 credits and £3,600 for dissertation
    International students: £1,700 per 15 credits and £6,800 for dissertation

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to a yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year.

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance. Please be aware that you are only eligible for the postgraduate loan for English students if you choose the 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time programme.

Additional expenses

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and examinations required for the course, but you are likely to incur some additional costs:

  • maximum of one core text book per unit (approximately £30 per book);
  • communication costs for internet use and telephone;
  • a statistical software package (approximately £20).

Core textbooks and a copy of the statistical software are provided free for all international fee-paying students.

Costs may also be incurred for travel, subsistence and accommodation charges during the following optional events or units:

  • the residential course for first year students;
  • the UK Leadership and Public Health Strategy blended learning unit;
  • the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance blended learning unit.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L `Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning'. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a Certificate, 45 credits to a Diploma and 60 credits to an Masters.

If an AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and the administrative charge is applied.