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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when I apply?

Your application is reviewed by the Postgraduate Admissions Team and a recommendation made using the information provided on the application form as well as supporting documents.  Please note that if we have any queries about your application we will get in touch with you, but you should also feel free to contact the Programme Director with any concerns that you might have.

When does the programme run?

The programme runs from September to August. There is one intake per year, and students work on taught courses from September to March before focusing attention on their dissertation (submitted in late August).

This timetable is varied for those students taking our programmes on a part-time basis. You should contact the relevant programme director to discuss how studying with us might best fit with work and other commitments.

How should I choose between these programmes?

The various taught programmes run by the Global Public Health Unit were jointly developed, and students experience them as a single integrated cohort. The programmes have much in common: they are all concerned with health inequalities within and between countries, engage with health impacts of globalization, and share a focus on developing effective policy (this strong policy focus makes them distinctive from public health programmes typically offered elsewhere). The core concepts and key skills courses around which we structure teaching and learning in semester one are broadly shared across the programmes, with increasing differentiation via specialised courses in the second semester and, in particular, via the focus of your dissertation.

Our general advice is that the primary decision to make is in deciding whether we offer the right environment and approach for you, with the choice between programmes being a more secondary issue.

What is the format of teaching on these programmes?

Not every course follows the same format, and there is substantial variation in the structure of elective courses. For courses developed by GPHU, the basic model of teaching begins with a one-hour lecture examining key issues and debates, followed up by a two hour seminar. The lecture serves as an introduction and guide for a structured programme of readings that are made electronically available via our virtual learning environment. These readings prepare students to contribute fully to seminars, which take place in small groups of around 15 students and form the focal point of each week's unit of work. Seminars take multiple formats, including student presentations, group exercises, small group discussion and debates, and online acitivites, but all entail substantial student participation within an open and supportive learning environment.

Are these MSc programmes recognised by the UK Faculty of Public Health?

Yes - our programmes are recognised for training purposes by the UK Faculty of Public Health and include courses relevant to the MFPH Part A examination.

How much are the fees?

Tuition fees are subject to annual revision, and their level is dependent on whether you qualify for UK/EU/EEA or overseas fee status. For more information visit:

When would I graduate?

If all goes well, you will graduate in the McEwan Hall in the November or December around three months after you submit your dissertation.

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