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University of Bradford Masters Degrees in Public Policy

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The Bradford MPH is designed for those looking to move into public health, policy or community development at a senior level, and is suitable for candidates from diverse undergraduate study backgrounds and / or professional experience. Read more

The Bradford MPH is designed for those looking to move into public health, policy or community development at a senior level, and is suitable for candidates from diverse undergraduate study backgrounds and / or professional experience.

The programme develops students into future healthcare leaders who understand health policy, community change, human behaviour change, or health service design.

The programme places emphasis on leadership and strategic thinking, developed through comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research, analysis and evaluation. It is tailored to the demographic and epidemiological challenges of contemporary urban societies - the diseases of affluence and ageing, and the marginalized and vulnerable populations produced by these kinds of settings.

The Bradford MPH provides training in public policy, health care practice development, epidemiology, and community development that focusses on skills for change, making it a must-have qualification for those wishing to address the contemporary challenges of public health or undertake research in the public health field.

The following specialisms are available:

  • Leadership and Management development
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Long Term Conditions

Professional accreditation

The programme has been mapped onto the Faculty of Public Health syllabus for the Part A examinations of the Faculty of Public Health and up to Level 7 of the Public Health Skills and Career Framework (Public Health Resource, 2008). Specialism is possible through the choice of elective modules and dissertation topic.

"The facilities and support network for Public Health are excellent. The modules have been exceptionally insightful, and my lecturer has continually pushed me to reach my potential."

Paige Rufus, MPH student

What you will study

Core Modules

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

Learning methods

The programme is delivered through lectures, facilitated seminars and online learning and resources to help prepare students for the formative assessments.

Assessment

You will learn using a range of different assessment techniques, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Written essay
  • A reflective Case study
  • Computer based Multiple Choice Question examination
  • Computer based open book examination
  • Seminar Presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Written project report
  • Completion of a Dissertation
  • Research paper/executive summary

Career prospects

A practical degree with instant international recognition, an MPH is the "MBA" of the health world - one that will add both prestige and practice skills to enhance or change your current career.

The University of Bradford works in partnership with Public Health England to offer a continually evolving contemporary programme. This partnership and approach enables the programme team to support students as they develop the relevant skills and knowledge for their future careers in Public Health.

Graduates will be equipped to address contemporary Public Health challenges such as changing health demographics, health inequalities, and problems of access, quality, and continuity of care. It will help healthcare professionals to find creative policy solutions and implement tailored practice-interventions.

Graduates will be change agents identifying ways to address health problems but also to innovate by building on community and health service assets to enhance the quality of life for people in a safe, ethical and cost effective way.

Our students have the unique opportunity to shadow public health practitioners in the field, attend short training courses developed and delivered by Public Health England and network with a variety of public health practitioners and employers.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns.

Programme leaders are available for any related matters, and advice is given regularly towards curriculum and progression.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.

Research

The programme has been developed by leading academics in the field of public health.

It draws on specialist knowledge from the Bradford Institute of Health Research and Bradford District Metropolitan Council Public Health department.



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This new full-time programme gives you the social policy insight and leadership skills required for senior roles in sectors such as. Read more

This new full-time programme gives you the social policy insight and leadership skills required for senior roles in sectors such as:

  • Government
  • NGO / third sector
  • Criminal justice system

The programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social sciences, equipping you with a deep understanding of social, criminological and cultural factors at work in contemporary societies in the UK and abroad. Modules address topics including:

  • crime and identity
  • asylum-seekers
  • human rights
  • social exclusion
  • social policy research methods

The inclusion of an elective module enables you to choose any module from the University's postgraduate portfolio, allowing you to tailor the programme according to your personal intellectual interest and/or career aspirations.

The MA in Sociology, Social Policy and Crime is taught by experienced staff with strong research records in sociology, social policy and vocational and professional subjects such as education and social work.

What you will study

Modules

Learning and assessment

Face-to-face lectures and small-group seminar work are complimented by off-campus visits to relevant organisations.

Academic work is assessed via a variety of methods including essays, exams, presentations and a dissertation.

Career prospects

General transferable skills, designed to enhance employability, are embedded in the curriculum - particularly within the Research Methods and Dissertation modules. These modules also provide opportunities to discuss progression onto PhD level study, and how best to prepare for applying for PhD opportunities.

Upon graduation you will have developed expertise in topical and important areas of social policy.

Your grasp of these real world issues (alongside your communication and transferable skills, and the self-confidence these inspire) will open doors to a range of opportunities with employers such as local government, NGOs, local and national charities, the private sector and the criminal justice sector.

Study support

You will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor, who has regular and weekly drop-in slots available for you to discuss any issues related to programme content or study issues.

Appointments outside of these hours can also be arranged. You will also be assigned a personal tutor to supervise your dissertation.

Research

Staff expertise in Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology ensures that programme content and delivery is research-led, contemporary and robustly informed.

We have an experienced, highly-qualified and strongly research-active teaching team. The programme will be taught by existing experienced staff with strong research records, who have published widely in sociology, social policy, criminal justice and vocational and professional subjects such as education and social work.



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