Public Health is ‘the science and art of promoting health, preventing disease and reducing inequalities in health’.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Public Health course at Cambridge is a one year full-time Master’s degree for graduates who wish to pursue a career in public health practice or research. The course provides students with the theoretical knowledge and skills which, when combined with appropriate further experience, will enable them to make a professional contribution to public health research or practice.
This is an intensive and demanding course. Uniquely, all students receive regular one-to-one support from a dedicated course supervisor. By keeping class sizes small (never more than 35 students in a class and mostly about 16), we achieve an intimate learning environment. Approximately two-thirds of the curriculum is shared with the MPhil in Epidemiology. The course draws on local strengths in quantitative methods and their application to the solution of public health problems. It covers most of the curriculum for the UK Faculty of Public Health Part A examination. Throughout the course students are able to draw on the research expertise within the Cambridge Institute of Public Health and wider University.
At the end of the course, students should expect to have gained the knowledge and skills to:
- Consider basic epidemiological theory and be able to apply it in a practical setting
- Identify, synthesise and criticise relevant published research literature
- Analyse public health problems
- Develop a critical approach to the evaluation of their own and others’ research and analytic work
1) Is this course for you?
Applications for this course are highly competitive. The course is open to medical and non-medical graduates. Non-medical applicants usually have degrees in a quantitative or biomedical science, although other relevant experience will also be considered. We expect at least a 2.i honours degree or equivalent with two outstanding references from senior staff at your most recent University. Most successful applicants have a first class honours degree, or equivalent.
Prospective students should have attended modules on quantitative methods, biostatistics or related topics at undergraduate level and performed well in these, or have comparable work experience.
We also require all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level (see more on this).
We will consider applications from anyone wishing to gain advanced understanding of public health, epidemiology and statistical principles, particularly:
- Individuals who aspire to continue to PhD study in public health and whose research interests align with those of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health
- Public health professionals
- Specialty registrars and specialty trainees in public health.
2) What is this course like?
This is a full-time, intensive and demanding course with an average of four full teaching days each week, plus a substantial amount of self-directed study. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including lectures, practical exercises, small group work, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. Students are able to pursue their own interests, with guidance from their supervisors, via two 3,000 word essays completed in terms one and two; and a research thesis of up to 20,000 words, submitted at the end of July.
3) Research environment for this course
The MPhil is offered by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Teaching is based at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, at the heart of one of the leading biomedical centres in the world, the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. See more about the research environment
4) Course Content
More about the course and a term-by-term outline of the syllabus is provided here
5) Information on fees and funding sources
Information on fees and funding sources is provided here by the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions office.
- About the University of Cambridge application fee
- About funding opportunities at Cambridge
- About external sources of funding: try this overview and this page on funding for postgraduate study
- About Government-backed postgraduate loans.
The University’s Graduate Admissions website provides a full range of useful information including an explanation of the University’s college system and about accommodation here in Cambridge.
Two departmental studentships are available covering 50% of the University fees and maintenance at the rate of a UK/EU applicant for students without funding from other sources.
Information on the application process for the MPhil course is provided here by the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions office. Our deadline for receipt of applications is March 31st 2018.
If you can’t find the information you need on this site, or by following the links we have provided, specific queries about this MPhil in Public Health should be addressed to our team.
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