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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    1 year FT, 2 years PT, 3-5 years PT

  • Course Type

    MRes

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    14 December 2018

Course content

Course overview

  • Gain the skills you need to enter a public health research career if you currently work in healthcare.
  • Fit study around your other commitments thanks to the online nature of this course.
  • Learn through a combination of coursework and research training, tailoring the taught component to your own needs through a choice of optional units.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • We offer a number units from this MRes as standalone CPD courses through our Personal Professional Development programme

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500 
  • International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MRes (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits; £3,800 dissertation 
  • International students (per annum): £1,850 per 15 credits and £7,400 for dissertation

The course fees include all the tuition, technical support and examinations required for the course, but you are likely to incur some additional costs:

  • maximum of one core text book per unit (approximately £30 per book);
  • communication costs for internet use and telephone;
  • a statistical software package (approximately £20).

A copy of the statistical software for PSPH will be provided free for all international fee-paying students.

Costs may also be incurred for travel, subsistence and accommodation charges during the following optional events or units:

  • the residential course for first year students;
  • the Arts and Public Health blended learning unit;
  • the Intercultural Public Health blended learning unit;
  • the Emergency Humanitarian Assistance blended learning unit.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from countries that are not majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other entry requirements

You will require regular access to a modern personal computer (Windows or Mac) with a stable internet connection. You should be confident in using the internet for web browsing and sending emails and also using word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The formal deadline is 1 September 2018. Late applications may be considered. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly so please inform them yourself;
  • copies of official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated;
  • copies of official university transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • a personal statement, approximately 300-500 words about why you wish to take this course and how it will affect your personal and professional development. This statement should try and refer to your current role;
  • full CV including voluntary experience;
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form or sent directly  . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Teaching and learning

This course is mostly delivered online, allowing you to study flexibly at a pace that suits your own requirements. A learning structure with a recommended pace is in place to ensure your progression, both within an individual unit and across the course as a whole.

There are a number of course units that require your participation throughout, and some with a face to face element. Please contact    if this is likely to be a problem.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base. There are no written exams; assessment is based on assignments and other activities such as moderated discussion boards and group work.

Course unit details

This course has one core unit that you must complete: Evidence Based Practice.

You are then able to select your remaining five units from a choice of more than 15 units, including some blended learning and face-to-face study options.

After completing all of the taught units, you will progress to your dissertation project.

You will be able to choose from a number of dissertation models designed to cater for different work situations and interests.

We advise you to informally contact the dissertation tutor early on in your course to discuss research ideas and plans. Following these discussions, you will then submit a proposal. If this is approved, you will be assigned a supervisor from the University.

Career opportunities

Many of our UK students are pursuing an academic pathway within their own profession, usually medicine, dentistry or nursing.

The MRes is often a stepping stone, providing skills, experience and a qualification that usually leads to a PhD.


Visit the MRes Public Health (Web-based Learning) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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