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The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a multidisciplinary programme 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 in one of four distinct pathways.

  • 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 Closed

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 Salma Ayis

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 detail


The Master of Public Health (MPH) course is an intensive study programme that aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge informing the key domains of public health.

You will:

  • explore the underpinning theoretical frameworks which draw upon a range of disciplines reflecting the wider determinants of health and ill-health. 
  • examine the effectiveness of public health interventions, services and policies. 
  • develop skills of critical appraisal through understanding different research designs and methods that are informing an emerging evidence based public health.
  • be able to put public health principles into effect in a variety of settings and appreciate the complexities of evolving public health concerns and population health needs.
  • study the breadth of public health or pursue a specialist pathway that better meets your specific career advancement needs.  

All students are enrolled onto the Master of Public Health which addresses the key domains of public health practice. 

Once accepted onto the course, you may wish to pursue a specialist pathway by selecting the additional required/compulsory modules.

If you are interested in the :

  • Primary Care pathway, you will need to select the module Delivering Public Health in Primary Care: from Theory to Practice
  • Environmental Health pathway will require either the Essentials of Environmental Public Health Science and/or Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection modules
  • Allied Health pathway will require you to study the Exercise as Medicine module

You will also explore a range of optional modules to bring your total credit value up to 180, allowing you to create a unique study plan that reflects your interests.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete.

In addition to the required modules (which total 90 credits), part-time students should plan to take 30-45 optional module credits in their first year and 45-60 optional module credits in their second year.


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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.


The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of unseen written examinations, coursework and presentations. The research project and dissertation will be assessed on an extended piece of writing. 

Examinations are mainly held during Examination Period 1 (January) and Examination Period 2 (May / early June).  The ‘Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection’ examination is, however, normally held during Examination Period 3 (August).

Resit and replacement examinations are normally scheduled during Examination Period 3 (August). Resit and replacement examinations for the 'Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection' module are normally  held during the following Examination Period (January).

You’ll submit your first piece of summative coursework towards the end of Term 1, and coursework submissions continue into April. The coursework for the ‘Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection’ module is submitted in August.

The dissertation is submitted in early September (part-time students submit their dissertation at the end of their second year). 

The formal teaching, self-directed study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. They are however, subject to change.

Regulating body

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

Extra information

Attendance requirements
The MPH runs from September to September, and all students start in September. Attendance at lectures is compulsory. Most lectures are held during Terms 1 and 2. Each term is normally 12 weeks long. Full-time students typically attend lectures for a total of two days per week and part-time students typically attend lectures for a total of one day per week. A student’s actual days of attendance will depend on which modules they are studying. 

Modules are normally scheduled on a Monday, Wednesday or Thurday. Lectures are normally scheduled from 10am to 1pm, or from 2pm to 5pm. Each module normally has one three-hour lecture per week, over a 12-week term. Two of the optional modules are run over one full-time week (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm).

Essentials of Environmental Public Health Science is normally held during one week in November, and Essentials of Toxicology for Public Health Protection is normally held during one week in late May / early June.

Study Leave
For an estimate of study leave requirements, an example for a full-time MPH student might be, as a minimum:

• Programme Induction – 1 day
• Attendance at lectures – 48 days
• Attendance at examinations (x 6) – 3 days (6 x ½ days)

Please note that this is only an example.  Exact study leave requirements would depend on your optional module choices, attendance at optional sessions, etc., and individual students would need to calculate their total study leave requirements themselves when requesting study leave from their employer.  Students might also need to factor in self-directed study time, if their employer allows for this.  In addition, finalist students must ensure that they can be available on the date of the external examiners’ visit, as external examiners are entitled to interview a sample of finalist students as part of their moderating role.

Optional sessions:

There are other optional sessions (workshops, tutorials, pre-exam revision sessions, etc.) scheduled throughout the year. Some are occasional lunchtime sessions on lecture days, but students may need to book additional study leave time for some optional sessions (or take annual leave) if they are interested in attending. A few tutorials and events may take place after 5pm – these tutorials and events are also normally optional.

Management of your study time
The MPH is an intensive programme – and students will need to manage their study time carefully alongside their other commitments in order to complete the programme successfully.

We do not advise that students are employed in full-time work whilst undertaking the MPH.


The majority of learning for this degree takes place 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.

Other related courses:


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:

Students taking the Primary Care pathway are also required to undertake a Primary Care-focused dissertation topic, and are also required to take:

  • Delivering Public Health in Primary Care: from Theory to Practice (15 credits)

Students taking the Environmental Health pathway are also required to undertake an Environmental Health-focused dissertation topic and are also required to take one of the following:

Students taking the Allied Health pathway are also required to undertake an Allied Health-focused dissertation topic and are also required to take:


Optional Modules

In addition, students take sufficient credits to bring their total for the course to 180 from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

Please note that if you have opted for one of the specialist pathways, and if for any reason we are not able to run the additional required modules for that pathway, it may be necessary to transfer you to the mainstream Master of Public Health award.  

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.

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 of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. 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 31 March 2020. After this date, applications will remain open if places are available, but programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 31July 2020 or from UK/EU nationals after 28 August 2020.

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

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/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £26,550 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £13,275 per year (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, 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
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees (optional) 
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • The cost of printing and copying the dissertation
  • Equipment – the loan of digital voice recorders for dissertation project interviews
  • Calculators for examinations – students are permitted to use calculators for selected module examinations. The calculators must be from the range specified by the Exams Office.
  • Graduation costs

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

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.

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.

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