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Master of Public Health (MPH) - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
3 years part time
Entry year 2023
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Healthcare and Medicine
Typical offer

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2:2 degree in relevant subject

Contextual offers


  • Offered in collaboration with the University of Exeter Business School, the programme combines the expertise of our world-renowned public health experts with specialists in leadership and management and aims to deliver high quality, integrated, multi-disciplinary learning for leadership and problem-solving across the broad field of public health.
  • This programme aims to equip you with the competencies and capabilities to assess, analyse and take action against disease, prolong life and promote health. It addresses the broad issues that contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, populations, and societies.
  • We work closely with healthcare collaborators in the region, and across the globe, to ensure we are meeting the complex needs of a changing healthcare sector
  • The programme has been developed with reference to the training requirements of the UK Faculty of Public Health, the credentialing requirements of CPH and meets the common core requirements of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to maximise your future employability in the discipline of environment and human health sciences.
  • This programme supports your development as a Public Health leader through phased engagement with both fundamental and more advanced concepts, in the context of the delivery of healthcare at team and system levels to understand organisational complexity and making change at large scale.
  • This programme offers ‘hybrid flexible’ (hyflex) learning. This means that in most core modules, students will be able to attend in person or online

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Programme Director: Professor G.J. Melendez-Torres

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Our Public Health research is 11th in UK for Research Power

Submitted to UoA2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care. REF 2021

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities

Developed in association with University of Exeter Business School

Entry requirements

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. You will have, or be predicted, at least a 2:2 degree in a relevant subject such as Life, Health or Medical Science degrees, or intercalating medical students, with relevant public health work experience. 

We will also welcome applications from people who can demonstrate evidence of significant Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) experience. 

A personal statement, detailing your reasons for seeking to undertake this subject, will be required. 

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.

Accreditation of prior learning for Masters courses in Healthcare and Medicine

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process whereby students, who have already gained relevant skills and knowledge prior to the start of their course, may be granted a partial credit exemption from their programme instead of unnecessarily repeating work. Find out more about APL

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

Public health is everyone’s business, now more than ever. In these rapidly changing times, where knowledge is created at speed and new health challenges are always on the horizon, visionary public health leadership is urgently needed. This programme aims to equip you with the competencies and capabilities to become one of those future leaders.

Informed by the increasing importance of a systems approach to health and social care, the programme examines distributive leadership and the need to develop compassionate and inclusive leadership attributes, making change through the use of quality improvement methodologies and the importance of collaboration and boundary spanning

This programme is internationally unique and focuses on moving from knowledge to action. One of the compulsory modules, Structuring and Solving Public Health Problems, focuses on how to ‘think in public health’, providing the foundation for the rest of your study and is the only public health module of its kind in the UK.


Depending on the specific modules taken, students may receive one of the following named awards:

• Master of Public Health (Global Health)
• Master of Public Health (Pandemics)

These specialisms are only available at Masters level, and not for PGDip or PGCert.

Your eligibility for the particular award will be confirmed by the final Assessment Progression and Awarding Committee (APAC) on the basis of the modules that have been completed. In order to graduate with a particular named award in parentheses, you will need to select the appropriate specified option modules detailed below, and notify the programme support team accordingly. Otherwise the award name will be Master of Public Health. More information about Specialisms

Programme structure

This MSc course can be studied on a full time basis over one year or over two or three years (part time), which may suit applicants who are already working full time. It is delivered at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7. 

The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work, a 15 credit module being equivalent to 150 hours of work and a full Masters degree being equivalent to approximately 1,800 hours of work.

See the MPH Programme Schematic‌ to see the programme structure.


The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The MPH comprises 180 credits in total: taught compulsory modules worth 135 credits in total, one optional module (Masterclass) of 15 credits, and a Capstone Project worth 30 credits.

It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules or a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.

View the 2022-2023 timetable of contact days

Please note: This timetable is draft and subject to change.

The last contact day and assessment deadline for the programme will be earlier than the actual end date of your registration with the University, to allow a period of time at the end of your active studies for further support and mitigation, if needed.

Two specialisms are available for the Master of Public Health. These specialisms involve the content specified below. These specialisms provide opportunities for Masters students to focus their studies in one of three key areas of contemporary public health, and to gain a qualification indicating that specialism in parentheses.

Master of Public Health (Global Health):

This specialism requires that you follow the programme’s compulsory modules, plus one of the following as your ‘Masterclass’ optional module:

  • HPDM033 Global Public Health and Environmental Change (15 credits)
  • HPDM027 Contemporary Environment and Human Health (15 credits)

NB: The other required module for this specialism is HPDM122 Planetary Health. It is already a compulsory module on the programme.
Your Capstone Project (HPDM126) must also be focused on a relevant topic in global health, as agreed with HPDM126 module leads. This specialism provides the opportunity to focus on public health topics in the domain of global health.

Master of Public Health (Pandemics):

This specialism requires that you select either:

  • HPDM122 Planetary Health (15 credits) OR HPDM141 Pandemics: Drivers, Preparedness and Response (15 credits)
  • HPDM124 Principles of Health Protection (15 credits) should be selected as the ‘Masterclass’ option.

Your Capstone Project (HPDM127) must also be focused on a relevant topic related to pandemics, as agreed with HPDM127 module leads. This specialism provides the opportunity to focus on public health topics related to pandemics.


Master of Public Health (Global Health)

Specialising in Global Health gives you the opportunity to focus on the environment and human health topics affecting the world today. You can tailor your programme according to your personal interests or career goals by selecting one of our optional ‘Masterclass’ modules: Global Public Health and Environmental Change (HPDM033) or Contemporary Environment and Human Health (HPDM027).

Global Public Health and Environmental Change introduces the concept of global health and explores worldwide health improvement/inequality reduction. This highly relevant module utilises real world examples to explore a range of global public health issues from a variety of perspectives, within the context of environmental change and its predicted health impacts at both a global and a local, place-specific, level.

The environment in which we live is inextricably linked, both positively and negatively, to human health. Contemporary Environment and Human Health focuses on the theoretical principles and concepts that are at the forefront of academic thinking and practices in environment and human health. You will also explore the potential impacts of environmental change on human health.

Your Capstone project, which will focus on a relevant topic in global health, provides you with an opportunity to consolidate your learning and transfer your new analytical and critical thinking skills to the design and execution of a research project which reflects your professional interests.

Master of Public Health (Pandemics)

Specialising in Pandemics will give you the opportunity to focus on related public health topics. The ‘Masterclass’ optional module Principles of Health Protection (HPDM124) explores the ways in which this often needs to be dynamic and responsive to the evolving health needs of the population. This versatile field of study brings together specialist knowledge and skills from a broad range of specialities including PHE; environmental health departments; hospital microbiologists and infection and prevention control teams; GPs; community specialists and educational institutions. You will be introduced to a wide range of topics which may include outbreak management, global health, data collection and timely actions and epidemiology of infectious diseases.

You can tailor your programme according to your personal interests or career goals by selecting one of our optional modules. Planetary Health (HPDM122) will introduce you to medical sociology, environment and human health, social epidemiology and global health. You will learn how health in its widest sense and health and environmental inequalities are created, and the potential strategies for addressing them more effectively. Pandemics: Drivers, Preparedness and Response (HPDM141) will get you critically engaging with pandemics from the perspectives of science and technology studies (STS), health systems policy and delivery and social and behavioural sciences.

Your Capstone project, which will focus on a relevant topic in pandemics, provides you with an opportunity to consolidate your learning and transfer your new analytical and critical thinking skills to the design and execution of a research project which reflects your professional interests.

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Course variants

  • Full time, studied over 2 years. Scholarships available
  • Gain both a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University’s College of Medicine and Health, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Exeter Business School
  • Dedicated induction sessions will ensure a smooth transition between study on the MPH and the MBA
  • Gain a deep knowledge and expertise in a specialist field while developing a comprehensive understanding of business, exceptional leadership skills and practical experience from the University’s triple accredited Business School
  • Students will learn how to use the expertise gained in business and management to solve crucial health and healthcare issues, and advise on policy issues


Students will commence the MPH in Year 1 of their studies and then progress to the MBA in Year 2. See our course listings for full details of both the MPH and the MBA:

Successful students will receive individual awards for each of the two programmes. You can choose to exit the course after completing the MPH in Year 1.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for both the MPH and MBA at point of entry to the MPH. See the MPH and MBA course listings for details of the entry requirements for each programme of study.

Candidates will also be required to attend an interview as part of the admissions process to the MPH, and again prior to admission to the MBA.

How to apply

To apply to the 1+1 MPH to MBA you will need to submit a separate application to each programme, noting in each application that you would like to be considered for the 1+1 MPH to MBA.

You’ll need to submit an application to the MPH for the current year of entry, as this will be your first year of study, and a separate application to the MBA for entry next year, as this will be your second year of study.

You can add a second programme of choice on the Applicant Gateway.

Fees and funding

At the University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Exeter Business School we want to ensure we attract the very brightest minds and talent from all over the world, regardless of financial background. That’s why we have an MPH and MBA 1+1 Fee Discount. See our scholarship page for more information.

Important information for International students

As you will be studying two separate programmes please be aware that you will need to apply for two separate visas, one for the MPH year which you will take first and another for your MBA year which will be taken in Year 2. Guidance on visa applications can be found on our dedicated pages for international students


2023/24 entry

UK fees per year:

  • MPH  £11,500 full-time, £5,750pa part-time 2 years, £3,900pa part-time 3 years
  • PGCert £3,900 part-time 1 year
  • PGDip £3,900 part-time 2 years

Standalone module fees: UK: £1,100 per 15-credit module

International fees per year:

  • MPH  £27,000 full-time
  • PGCert £9,000 part-time 1 year
  • PGDip £9,000 part-time 2 years

Standalone module fees: International: £2,500 per 15-credit module

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Funding and scholarships

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


The Funding website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

There are various funding opportunities available including Global excellence scholarships. For more information visit our Masters funding page.


Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship

The College of Medicine and Health is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes. Please check your eligibility before applying.

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Teaching and research

Our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance. This programme provides a safe ‘practitioner-researcher’ led environment of multi-disciplinary learning for you to share your ideas, perspectives and current experiences in response to realistic scenarios.


This course will challenge you to consider offering solutions alone, and in collaboration, which address complex health issues from the perspective of the patient, their carer, a healthcare provider, a commissioner, employer or organisational collaborator in a related sector.

Modules include immersive learning at start and end of the taught components of the programme, with two ‘longitudinal’ modules delivered principally online and four modules delivered using ‘hybrid flexible’ (hyflex) learning. This means that in most core modules, students will be able to attend in person or online.

See the MPH Programme Schematic to see the programme structure.


Underpinned by the themes of complexity, leadership and decision-making, this MPH couples reflective learning and practice with research-led teaching from world-leading academics to balance transdisciplinary learning about public health with ‘real-life’ skills and tools.

At the University of Exeter, our research is globally recognised and our partnerships with healthcare providers, industry and above all, the public, mean that this work is constantly at the cutting-edge of innovation in improving lives.

Our research is organised within in two Institutes:

Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science

Institute of Health Research

Explore some of the many highlights of our research on our research impact page.


We use a blended approach which includes a significant self-directed online learning, peer supported learning groups, facilitated chat rooms, and personal learning logs. This will be complemented by face-to-face networking opportunities and the opportunity to attend a number of lectures across the core programme modules either face to face or online.

Teaching methods on the Masters course include:

  • case-based discussion
  • simulation and problem-based learning
  • seminars
  • group discussions
  • reflection sessions
  • buzz groups
  • chat backs
  • interactive workshops

Project work

Public health leaders are responsible for developing and implementing major strategy or institutional projects that will contribute towards organisational strategic objectives. The Capstone module at the end of this programme allows students to choose a public health problem relevant to their professional interests and develop a focused discussion to support decision-making for a journal meeting a mixed policy-practice audience.


You will be allocated an academic tutor who will remain with you throughout the programme. Academic tutors are able to provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance, guidance in generic academic skills and pastoral support. They are also able to refer you to more specialist support services, both within the College and elsewhere across the University.

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This programme is based at the St Luke’s campus in Exeter, just a 15 minute walk from the city centre and just over a mile away from the Streatham Campus. The campus is close to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and RILD building, which is home to the NHS funded Exeter Health Library. Students have studied at St Luke’s campus for over 150 years and the campus enjoys a vibrant atmosphere set around the lawns of the quadrangle.

Facilities at St Luke’s campus include:


Who is this course for?

The programme offers a collective learning environment in which professionals of all disciplines in healthcare study together to develop public health competencies.

The programme suits graduates who are planning or already undertaking a career within public health, health promotion, environmental health and protection, occupational health, workplace wellbeing or social enterprise.

Employer-valued skills this course develops

Through developing the skills to promote the health of populations by influencing lifestyle and socio-economic, physical and cultural environment and exploring the complex inter-relationship between health and the environment, you will develop the research-facing skills needed by contemporary leaders in public health. This programme supports your development as a Public Health leader through phased engagement with both fundamental and more advanced concepts, in the context of the delivery of healthcare at team and system levels to understand organisational complexity and making change at large scale.

Our interdisciplinary module Planetary Health will also help you to develop and understanding of key health issues facing populations around this world in multidisciplinary ways. The Leadership, Strategy and Change module will focus on taking public health knowledge and transforming it into public health action through expert and compassionate leadership.

Career paths (graduate destinations)

You will be equipped to work in interdisciplinary healthcare teams to tackle the exciting opportunities and challenges in public health across a wide range of careers. Careers include working in the health and pharmaceutical industry, supporting local commissioning, local authority public health, and work at the frontlines of health policy.

Careers support

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

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