Program Overview

The focus of the MSc in Public Health programme is to move from the traditional public health teachings into a competency-based and applied public health way of learning. The programme is exceptional in the strength of its modules in global health and sustainable development, the social determinants of health and health systems, public health research and data analysis, and design, monitoring, and evaluation of public health interventions. From this MSc, any graduate irrespective of their professional background will be able to investigate, design, evaluate, and address public health challenges. The MSc in Public health also provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary study and work. Students will also reflect critically on their own and others' learning styles and practice.

The programme is made up of five core modules with online lectures, on-campus face-to-face skills building and group-collaboration workshops, a practicum, and a research project. Students can register on a full-time or part-time basis. The full-time programme runs for one academic year, with the part-time running for 2 academic years. The first five core modules are taken at the same time for both full-time and part-time students.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Each module will run in six-week blocks. During the first three weeks, students will work individually on case studies and will receive a series of online lessons that will cover the content areas of the module. Students will be required to answer a series of multiple-choice questions based on each lecture and case study.  On the fourth week of the module, students will engage with each other and tutors in workshops and group assignments on-campus. The last two weeks of the module will be dedicated to individual projects where students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities in applying the knowledge and skills they acquired throughout the module.

The practicum module is an 8-week competency-based, planned, supervised, and evaluated practical experience. This module introduces the students to the real-world practice of public health, as a way to translate the competencies acquired during the MSc in Public Health into action to gain professional experience.

During the research project module, students will identify a gap in public health research, formulate their research questions, and design and conduct a research project. At the end of the module, students will be expected to submit their final report in journal article format. All modules are listed in the table below, including the semesters in which the modules run:

Year 1 Full time - Autumn    

  • Public Health & Health Systems (9 ECTS)
  • Public Health Interventions (9 ECTS)
  • Public Health Research & Data Analysis (9 ECTS)

Year 1 Full time - Spring    

  • Monitoring & Evaluation in Public Health (9 ECTS)
  • Global Health & Sustainable Development (9 ECTS)
  • Public Health Practicum (15 ECTS)

Year 1 Full time -Summer

  • Research Project (30 ECTS)

Who can apply?

  • Graduates of any undergraduate degree can be accepted into the Public Health MSc. 
  • Applicants must hold a minimum 2.1 (second-class honours grade 1) result in their first honours bachelor’s degree (NFQ Level 8 or other internationally recognised equivalent). Awards of 2:2 or less may be considered if applicants demonstrate at least five years of relevant public health work experience.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

This unique and genuinely flexible postgraduate degree prepares students for a variety of professions. Since this degree offers a generic qualification in politics, it does not restrict the range of careers available to students after graduation. At the same time, given the wide-ranging choice of modules, students can pursue several interests and acquire expertise in a number of fields in political science. It is also an excellent springboard for further research, potentially towards a doctoral degree or public policy research. In the past, our graduates have pursued careers in business, public administration, journalism and civil society organisations.


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