Newcastle University
Public Health and Health Services Research PgDip
Newcastle University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Public Health & Health Services Research MSc balances the public health training and advanced research skills necessary for progression in academic or service work.

The MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research is for those who are seeking to gain or enhance a high level of health research skills. You will also be suitable if you wish to pursue a career in public health or health services delivery and analysis in the UK and internationally, with: the UK National Health Service (or its equivalent abroad) local government the voluntary sector academic healthcare

This MSc combines a range and high standard of health services research methods with the principles of public health science and practice. After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills to be able to proceed with a PhD or start or develop your career in public health and health services or related areas.

The MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research provides a broad-ranging preparation for the Part A examination of the Faculty of Public Health. Our teaching has been mapped against the Faculty’s competencies for public health practitioners to ensure that we continue to provide an excellent academic training.

The MSc in Public Health & Health Services Research grows out of the Institute’s determination to undertake research and teaching to: reduce health inequalities address social injustice improve population health locally, nationally, and internationally

What you'll learn Among the areas covered are: systematic reviewing and critical appraisal evaluative methods in health services research applications of epidemiology to public health health inequalities and the social determinants of health the role of behavioural interventions in public health

Your development You can follow your interests and develop specialisms through the public health and health services research project, which is developed in collaboration with our expert staff. You can choose from a wide range of projects put forward by our academics, or propose your own. Projects vary and can involve: primary data collection (quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods) secondary analysis of a wide range of available datasets systematic review

You receive a thorough grounding in introductory and advanced research methods and are provided with regular research supervision throughout the course.

Our staff Our diverse staff tackle global and public health issues from a large range of disciplines, including: public health primary care medical and applied health specialties psychology and behavioural science anthropology law biostatistics applied epidemiology data science health economics

Delivery The course consists of taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. Your project and dissertation are an extremely valuable opportunity for you to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learnt in the taught component of the course.

Teaching is via a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. We encourage active learning through discussion, problem-solving and group work. Some teaching sessions may involve student presentations, and preparation or further reading. Individual study is required for other sessions. Module delivery varies from semester length to intensive block teaching.

Facilities You will be based in the Baddiley-Clark Building, adjacent to the main Faculty of Medical Sciences site.

You will have access to: open plan workspaces meeting rooms of all sizes 'breakout' areas for informal discussion

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Others
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a medical, health or social sciences discipline. You can also apply if you have successfully completed the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course, or equivalent. If you have a different background you will be considered on an individual basis. If you have non-standard qualifications then you will be invited to an interview. International Students To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.5 overall (with at least 7.0 in writing) Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About Newcastle University

Founded in 1834, Newcastle University is located in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Less than an hour’s bus ride from the coast, this institution of higher education offers Undergraduates modern lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, and spaces for socialising and for being creative such as their Fine Arts Hub. Postgraduate students have their own library, complete with a laptop loan system and assistance from knowledgeable librarians to ensure that students have every means of succeeding.

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