Public Health (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS

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Course summary

Join an online MPH you can study part-time and tailor to your career goals. Prepare for success in a broad range of public health and academic careers. Gain the skills you need to:

  • pursue a career in the public health sector
  • influence public health policy
  • undertake independent public health research, or
  • move on to a PhD.
You’ll cover the key topics required for professional accreditation in public health in the UK and internationally. You can choose from a substantial range of elective options to tailor your learning to your ambitions. With 24/7 access to materials, this online MPH is designed to fit around full-time work. Who can join our online distance-learning MPH? You do not need to have any particular clinical or specialist knowledge to join our online MPH. Public health is a very broad area of activity and we welcome student applications from a range of backgrounds and experiences. Our MPH graduates have included medical students, nurses, political scientists, engineers, policymakers, healthcare managers, physicians, surgeons, social workers, dentists, psychologists, microbiologists, nutritionists, health educationalists, biologists, pharmacologists and biomedical scientists.


Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Your online learning experience will be enriched by interaction with other students from varied clinical, non-clinical, professional and cultural backgrounds from around the world. You’ll learn from renowned academic researchers and public health practitioners. You’ll train with internationally experienced tutors across disciplines including epidemiology, statistics, qualitative research, public health, health informatics, health economics, nutrition and clinical trials.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed entirely online. We use a range of online assessment methods throughout your degree, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer tests, numerical exercises, essays, reports, posters, oral presentations and peer review.

How to apply

International applicants

Our distance learning MPH is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can learn with us anywhere, with no need for a study visa, and set your study hours to suit you.

Entry requirements

For entry, you will usually have a health-related honours degree (a 2:2 or at least 60%) or be able to demonstrate evidence of equivalent experience in healthcare practice or research. You can also apply if you have an honours degree (2:2 or at least 60%) in science, social science or a humanities subject and you’re interested in a public health-related career. We welcome MPH Online applications from students with both traditional and non-traditional health-related backgrounds.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 5.5 or above; Speaking - 5.5 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above. IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training are not accepted.
TOEFL (iBT)90TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Home Edition: Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17 or above; Reading - 18 or above; Speaking - 20 or above; Writing - 21 or above. DI code is 0818
PTE Academic62Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 59 or above; Writing - 59 or above. Online Test is not accepted
Institution's Own TestAcademic English Pre-sessional Programme (PSE) - Pass (valid for one year) Academic English Preparation Programme undertaken at other UK HEI - accredited by BALEAP and within 1 year of start of course

To study for a postgraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. We can assess your English language proficiency through a variety of means: through your nationality, through the qualifications you gained in high school, through the degree you undertook or are undertaking at university, or through a recognised English language test. Postgraduate Standard requirements are used by the Schools of Biological Sciences; Engineering; Geosciences; Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition; Natural and Computing Sciences; and Psychology. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your course, unless otherwise stated.

Please use the checklist at the following webpage to determine how you can meet our English language requirements:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1230 Credit
International £1230 Credit
England £1230 Credit
Northern Ireland £1230 Credit
Scotland £1230 Credit
Wales £1230 Credit
Channel Islands £1230 Credit
Republic of Ireland £1230 Credit

Additional fee information

Fees for this programme are charged per 15 credits and you only pay for the credits you want to study in the upcoming term. It's up to you how many credits you take each term, which gives you control over your costs and your workload. Taking fewer credits will increase the length of your studies. Cost per 15 credits for this degree, starting in academic year 2023-24 is £1,230. Tuition fees typically rise a little each academic year (normally around 5-9% increase). Indicative cost of the MPH is £15,240 based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2023. (PgCert = 60 credits; PgDip = 120 credits; MSc = 180 credits).

Sponsorship information

The University of Aberdeen provides an Alumni Discount Scheme: The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. NHS staff receive 10% off online postgraduate degrees and short courses offered by our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition; and our School of Psychology. Discounts are applied during your application process. Only one discount can be used per application. If you are eligible for more than one discount, we will apply the largest discount for you.

Public Health (Online) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS