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Public Health MPH

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) course is a multidisciplinary course of study that aims to provide graduates and holders of relevant medical or non- medical professional qualifications with the advanced academic background required for leadership roles in public health. The course covers the breadth of public health.

Key benefits

  • Flexible interdepartmental study programme that can be tailored to reflect your academic interests

  • Regular speakers from local NHS bodies and central government agencies such as Public Health England and the Department of Health

  • Combines the development of a strong interdisciplinary foundation in public health with the opportunity to develop specialist expertise 

  • Primarily UK-focused with emphasis on the prevention and control of disease

 King’s College London also offer a 100% online  Public Health MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert if the campus based route is not for you.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT two years PT

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 20-25FT, 15-20PT.

Course leaders Programme Director: Dr Kalwant Sidhu

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax:+44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's college London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Population Health & Environmental Sciences



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Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.


Lectures, seminars & feedback

Self-directed study

Per 15-credit taught module

The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is approximately 30 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study.

Students are expected to do at least one hour of self-directed study for each taught hour of lectures. You may find that you need to study more or less than this for specific topics, depending on your background.  In addition, a consolidation week primarily for self-directed study is scheduled during Week 6 of each module’s lecture schedule.

Additional self-directed study time will be required to complete module assignments and to revise for examinations.

Dissertation module

There is no formal limit to the number of hours of contact with dissertation project supervisors, this varies between projects and according to the needs of the student. Formal timetabled compulsory dissertation training sessions are provided.

The dissertation module requires a significant level of self-directed study, the bulk of which is done over the summer months after formal teaching has ended.   Students should ensure they can allocate sufficient self-directed study time to their dissertation project over the summer months, in order to meet the deadline in early September.    

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations.  Forms of assessment may typically include course work, poster presentation and exams. Coursework and posters contributes approximately 40% - 50% and examinations approximately 50%-60% to your final mark.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Office for Students.

Extra information


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select. 

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. 

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Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

All students on this course are required to take:

  • Prevention & Control of Communicable Disease (15 credits)

  • Social Research Methods for Public Health (15 credits) 

  • Health Promotion and Health Improvement (15 Credits) 

 Full time students are also required to take the following modules in Year 1:

  • Healthcare Public Health (15 credits) 

  • Health Economics (15 credits) 


Optional Modules

In addition, full time students are required to take two optional modules in Year 1 to bring their total credits for the year to 180 from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Some modules may also have limited places. Please see the module lists for further information. If you have any concerns or questions about your proposed selection, please contact the Programme Director or the relevant Module Lead.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 2

Required Modules

All part time students on the course are required to take the following modules in Year 2: 

  • Health Economics (15 credits) 

  • Healthcare Public Health (15 credits) 

Optional Modules

In addition, part time students are required to take 2 optional modules to bring their total for year 2 to 180 credits.  You may choose from a range of modules which may typically include: 

  • Sociology of Health and Illness (15 credits) 

  • Global Public Health (15 credits) 

  • Delivering Public health in primary care (15 credits) 

  • Further Epidemiology and statistics (15 credits). 

Entry requirements & how to apply

Public Health Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements  2:1 A Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours is normally required. Applicants with a 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) will be considered where they offer significant work experience in a related field. A degree level professional qualification in an appropriate subject, normally with some experience in the broad field of public health (or primary care for MPH (Primary Care) applicants) will also be considered.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Your application will be assessed by two academics (Admissions Tutors). Shortlisted home candidates may be interviewed in person, and shortlisted overseas candidates may be interviewed via Skype (telephone interviews will be conducted as an exception). We aim to process all applications within eight weeks, but please bear in mind that this programme attracts a very large number of applications. During holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.

One of the core modules is ‘Basic Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health’ so all applicants should be confident with their aptitude for numerical reasoning before they start their MPH studies. We therefore encourage applicants before they submit their application to undertake self-assessment regarding their aptitude for numerical reasoning.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

We encourage applicants to use the personal statement to set out:
  • Your academic background and work experience (you must also upload an up-to-date copy of your CV to the application portal)

  • Why you wish to pursue the course

  • How you see the qualification aiding your career ambitions

  • Specifying any research you have performed previously (typically this might be undergraduate/postgraduate projects) and indicating whether this resulted in any papers being published or presented

  • All applicants must have strong numeracy / numerical reasoning skills and you should identify in your application any evidence of this e.g. relevant A levels, undergraduate degree subjects or relevant modules taken within an undergraduate degree

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.
For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £27,900 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,950 per year (2021/22)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer. 

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies

  •  Clothing for optional course related events and competitions

  • Library fees and fines

  • Personal photocopies

  • Printing course handouts

  • Stationery

  • Graduation costs

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

A useful source of public health careers information is the NHS Health Careers website. You might find it helpful to review the information on this website as a starting point if you are considering a career in public health, or would like to further your current career in public health.

Career destinations

Job titles of recent MPH graduates include: Public Health Specialist; Head of Public Health Intelligence; Health Partnership Programme Manager; Health Promotion Campaign Manager; Epidemiologist; Health Data Analyst; Project Coordinator; Public Health Advisor; Health Protection Specialist; Public Health Screening Coordinator; Vascular Prevention Programme Coordinator; Health Improvement Practitioner; Public Health Specialist: Healthy Living; and Lecturer in Public Health. Other MPH students have gone on to PhDs at King’s and other universities.



Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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