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Applying for the 2016-17 Imperial College MPH Programme

Thank you for your interest in the Imperial College MPH programme. The 2016 -17 MPH course starts in October 2016. Applications for entry opened in November 2015. I cannot tell you at this stage whether you will be eligible for the MPH because the decision is made by the Admissions Team when they have an opportunity to view your degree results and IELTS score (if relevant). We generally require a First Class or Upper Second Class degree from a good university, or a medical degree. A good personal statement about why you want to undertake the MPH course is essential. Previous public health experience is also helpful. You should take the opportunity to find out more about public health, for example, from the FPH website (

We have several international student societies at Imperial to provide students with some peer support away from their home country. Do check out the visa rules before you apply if you intend to stay in the UK after the MPH as these opportunities are now more limited than in the past.

The Imperial College MPH is a quantitative, research-oriented programme. Our MPH students receive a rigorous training in epidemiology and statistics. Hence, the programme will suit applicants who are interested in developing their quantitative analytical & research skills. If you decide to apply, then it would be an advantage if you can describe any relevant research experience and/or training in epidemiology, maths, and statistics when you fill in the statement section. We also need to see your CV in addition to the personal statement . The MPH also presents a good opportunity for public health management training as it is provided in collaboration with the Imperial College Business School. The course also offers a good grounding in research methods for those considering a PhD in a public health or health services research related field.

We now offer two streams for the MPH Programme: MPH (General) which covers the core skills of public health with a focus on high-income countries; and MPH (Global Health) which covers the essential core public health skills as well as additional modules on global health. In 2015-16, we are also offering some options in Health Systems Development and in the role of eHealth in addressing global health challenges. 

You apply for the course online at

The full-time programme is very intensive. Students must attend class Monday to Friday and they are required to study full-time for 12 months – including revision for exams during Christmas and Easter breaks. Students submit a 10,000 word research dissertation in early September 2016 and then undergo an oral examination on their project. Much of the teaching in the first term is shared with the MSc in Epidemiology. The third term and summer months are largely dedicated to work on the research project.

You can find further information on the Imperial College MPH at

The MPH blog can be viewed at

Please see the College’s webpage for information on International Students if applicable.

The fee for the MPH in 2015-16 for UK students and students from the European Union is around £9,000. The fee for students residing elsewhere in the world is around £30,000. You can email for further information on postgraduate fees.

We do offer some scholarships annually to help cover the course costs. Please let us know if you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships when you make your application. You can also find further information regarding funding opportunities

Please see the link at the following website for frequently asked questions about admissions: You may contact the Course Organiser, Dr Henock Taddese in case of any further queries:

Becasue of the length of time it takes to process visa applications, it can be difficult for overseas students to obtain the necessary documents to start in October if they do nto receive their offer by 31 July 2016.

Best wishes for your future and thank you for your interest in Imperial College and in our MPH Programme.

Professor Azeem Majeed
Course Director, Imperial College MPH Programme


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