MSc/PGDip Public Health and Health Promotion

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1
  3. Taught at
    Swansea University's main campus

Course Overview

This course aims to:

• enable students to gain theoretical knowledge in relation to public health and health promotion, research and practice insight
• completion to MSc level further enables the student to complete a primary research study of relevance to public health and health promotion

The course is mapped to the National Occupational Standards, Public Health Career Framework and contributes to attainment of practitioner and/ or specialist public health status (UKPHR).

Key Features

Teaching and Employability:

  • students will be able to critically evaluate theoretical and philosophical perspectives underpinning public health and health promotion
  • develop students’ research knowledge and skills in research methods, utilising evidence and disseminating research findings to inform public health and health promotion practice
  • a unique advantage of the programme is its application to practice and the inclusion of practice observation

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Description

This course focuses on public health and health promotion and is both research-led and practice driven.

The course develops students’ skills to provide students with relevant health information and the skills necessary to achieve change and to influence health policy at all levels.

The programme covers historical background, current developments and future direction potentials of relevance in health and innovation in public health and health promotion practice.

A particular strength of the course is the short observation placement module, enabling students to experience an area of practice interest as part of their development.

Students also undertake a primary research study as a requirement for completion to MSc qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • a relevant degree at 2.1 or above
  • an equivalent recognised qualification and/ or two years of relevant employment with evidence of educational/professional achievement.  
  • international students will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme.

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to click apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students should visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £5,300 £13,800
MSc Part-time £1,750 £4,600
PGDip Full-time £3,550 £9,200
PGDip Part-time £1,750 £4,600

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying.
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations.
  • travel to and from placement and subsistence whilst there.

Please note there are no other mandatory additional costs beyond the above specified for this course. 

Who should apply?

This course focuses on public health and health promotion and is both research-led and practice driven.

The course develops students’ skills to provide students with relevant health information and the skills necessary to achieve change and to influence health policy at all levels.

It covers historical background, current developments and future direction potentials of relevance in health and innovation in public health and health promotion practice.

A particular strength of the course is the short observation placement module, enabling students to experience an area of practice interest as part of their development.

Students also undertake a primary research study as a requirement for completion to MSc qualification.

Course Structure

Full-time students will study two days a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) from October to April and dissertations submitted in September of the same year. Part-time students will study one day a week (Wednesdays in the first year, Fridays in the second year) over two years, and dissertations are submitted in September of the third year. All modules are core and therefore required to be successfully passed, there are no optional modules available in this programme.

 

Assessment

The course assessment is designed to promote employability and purposely uses different strategies to address the diversity of employability requirements for Public Health & Health Promotion practice.

The eight modules in Part One are assessed separately over one or two years with a pass mark of 50%. Students leaving the course at the end of Part One and who have been successful in the assessment strategy will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) may be awarded to students who meet the criteria but are not eligible for the Diploma award.

Students must pass all assessments to precede to Part Two the dissertation stage (60 credits). Those successfully completing the dissertation will receive an MSc at pass, merit or distinction according to marks obtained.

Modules

Module Code  Module Title  Credits  Core/Compulsory
SHGM52 Developing Programmes and Evaluation 15

Core

SHGM89 Health Protection 15

Core

SHGM45 Foundations in Health Promotion 15

Core

SHGM38 Foundations in Research 15

Core

SHGM54 Public Health Practice 15

Core

SHGM17 Public Health and Epidemiology 15

Core

SHGM37 Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice 15

Core

SHHM05 Public Health Ethics 15

Core

Staff Expertise

Public Health and Health Promotion staff members delivering these different modules and significant contributors and are considered expert in their fields. They include:

  • Senior Lecturer Rachel Hopkins
  • Professor Jane Thomas
  • Dr Gill Spedding
  • Professor Deb Fitzsimmons
  • Senior Lecturer Tony Duffy
  • Dr Pete King
  • Lecturer Ruth Hopkins
  • Dr Stephanie Best
  • Dr Alison Hann
  • Professor Joy Merrell

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.