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MA Public Health

Course Description

Why choose this course?

This course has been designed in response to contemporary international debates about the changing nature and shifting boundaries of multidisciplinary public health.

Taught from a social rather than a medical perspective, it focuses on the strategic and international elements of public health, environment and sustainable development that are critical to effective multidisciplinary practice in these fields reflecting leading-edge, current developments.

Graduates of this Master's course will:

- be inspired about the potential to act as change agents within multi-disciplinary public health settings
- bring an extensive knowledge of public health with a critical awareness of the philosophical, theoretical and methodological issues to bear on the discipline
- adopt an independent and reflective approach to their learning and future careers.

Modules may include:

Concepts of Health and Healing
Public Health, Sustainability and Community
Critical Philosophical Debate
Policy and Practice in Multidisciplinary Public Health
Research Methods
International Politics of Health

Or in place of a Dissertation, you can opt to take two 30 credit modules instead

Professional Practice in Public Health
Research Project

For more information about the course content please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/mapublichealth

Delivery and assessment

The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, group work and one to one supervision. Students receive support throughout their studies from committed and enthusiastic teaching staff, who are also involved in research activity.

The course employs a varied assessment regime, which includes essays, reports, portfolio and presentations. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to design, implement and present a significant piece of research relevant topic of your choice.

Your future career

The course cultivates intellectual and research skills, experience and knowledge suitable for effective practice in a wide range of multidisciplinary public health sectors. You will be equipped to progress into policy, research and practice roles in the public, private or voluntary arenas in the UK or internationally. For those already employed it provides transferable skills such as independent critical thought, analysis and evaluation, partnership working skills and self-directed learning.


The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

Visit the MA Public Health page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Belema Alasia

"I chose to study at Nottingham Trent University because of its highly ranked status among UK universities. I was also impressed with the opportunities that are available to international students here.

"The UK is a wonderful country and Nottingham is an amazing city with lots of friendly and helpful people. There are lots of opportunities for international students like me. I have had a lot of support and the quality of teaching is of a very high standard.

"I applied to three universities to do my Master's in Public Health and I got accepted into all three. At first I was overwhelmed and wasn't sure which of the three universities to pick. But then I decided to look into each school, their accreditation, support for international students and the methods of teaching. I realised that NTU stood out and it was easy for me to make my decision.

"What attracted me to Public Health at NTU is the manner in which the course is taught. We have classes and independent study that allows me to do more study on my own and in that way, develop research skills. The MA Public Health course at NTU is grouped under the social sciences. Here, the modules for the course are not just biomedical but also consist of the social determinants of health. I am going to have a more rounded knowledge in the field compared to someone who only has biomedical knowledge of the course.

"I use the library a lot. I study on the City site so I use the Boots Library. I do a lot of independent study and research, and the library is where I get access to books, journals and articles. I can also get off campus access but staying in the library is very motivating and I get more work done there. As a student ambassador, I have also received training that will help me to communicate with other students and increase my confidence levels as well as broadening my knowledge and experience.

"I was not exactly sure of what I wanted to do after my programme, but now I am empowered. I have information about what I could do, like doing a professional doctorate or being a public health practitioner."

(Student Profile)

Victoria Smith

"The best thing about university life for me was the quality of the teaching. All of the staff are knowledgeable in their subject area and were supportive and encouraging towards the students. As a part-time student my needs were always accommodated.

"I enjoyed all aspects of the course, particularly the holistic approach of the modules. I wanted to do an MA to suit my interest in the social determinants of health rather than the medical determinants. Public Health is a massive and diverse subject area and the variety of modules available reflect this well.

"Aside from learning to be an expert time manager; juggling a full time job, part-time course and a social life, I have learnt an awful lot throughout the two years. The most useful information I have discovered is the impact of the political economy upon health. I'm sure I wouldn't have learnt this doing an MSc or an MPH. The course encouraged debates and as a result, my ability to structure arguments and respond to questions about my work has really improved. I have been able to transfer all of the skills I have learnt on the MA to my job role and as a result I feel more confident in expressing my thoughts at senior management meetings.

"My experience at NTU has certainly widened the career opportunities available to me. With an MA in Public Healt,h I can now apply for more senior roles in the public, private and third sector.

"I've really enjoyed my two years and will miss university life when I finish."


Masters Scholarship - 8 Awards

For full details of the Scholarship Scheme please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to half the tuition fee


The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses.

Application Procedure

For further information and to apply please download the application form from our website at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (2.2 or above) in a related subject. Applicants without the standard entry requirements, will be considered if they can provide additional evidence in their Personal Statement of achievement or commitment to the multidisciplinary public health territory or are able to satisfy the Programme Leader that they have an equivalent qualification or experience to benefit from the course of study. English language requirements for international students can be found at View Website

Last Updated

03 October 2016

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