We focus on the ways people and communities can empower themselves to improve their health, and how public policy can create healthier societies and places. You will also investigate the psychology of behaviour change, together with how people learn about health. The research strand will enable you to critically appraise evidence and develop research skills.
We have been providing specialist postgraduate health promotion training for more than forty years, and our courses are up-to-date with all the dynamic and current changes taking place in public health in the UK and globally.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries, giving a chance to share experience, learn from each other and develop collaborative practice. A large number of our students have continued their career as public health consultants and health promotion specialists.
Mature ApplicantsOur University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
MSc Health Promotion
My masters gave me the breadth and depth of knowledge I needed to be able to critically reflect on my practice. It perfectly covered the kinds of public health projects I’m now working on, such as migrant health, cancer screening and community members struggling with drug and alcohol dependencies. Working with diverse communities is a real privilege - I get a window into a world I wouldn’t usually see.
Teaching and learning
Provides a basis for the study of public health and health promotion, with key principles and theory.
Develop a range of skills underpinning research, evaluation and evidence based practice, and deepen your awareness of ontological, epistemological and methodological frameworks and how they relate to research.
Gain the theoretical foundation and practical skills required to complete small scale, focusing on writing a research proposal, how to conduct research and how to analyse health-related data.
Considers how public policy can create healthier societies and places health promotion within the latest ideas and current thinking.
Investigates the psychology of behaviour change, how various media can be used and how people learn about health.
Examines how communities work and how they can be empowered to create their own health.
Provides the practical skills of planning health promotion and how theories can be put into practice.
I mainly take a qualitative approach to research - much of my work has involved talking to prisoners about their experiences of being inside and how that impacts on their health and wellbeing. I've recently been involved in a project with the Jigsaw Visitors' Centre at HM Prison Leeds, evaluating their service provision for prisoners' families, prisoners and prison staff.
Fees & funding
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Once you've decided what course to study, here is a step-by-step guide of what to do next.
Apply directly to us via our online application site *.
* Exceptions to this are:
- Teacher Training (PGCE & EYTS)
- PG Dip Legal Practice PG Dip Law
- Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR): Advanced Certificate & Advanced Diploma
- MA Social Work
- MA Art Psychotherapy
- PGCert/PGDip/MA Play Therapy
4YOUR OFFERReceive your offer - remember, the sooner you apply the sooner an offer can be made. Please note that certain courses do have set application deadlines so you should check before applying. Some courses may require you to attend an interview or submit a portfolio before an offer can be made.
5SEND US YOUR RESULTSIf we make you a conditional offer, send us your results as soon as you have these so we can confirm your place.
6ACCOMMODATIONApply for our university accommodation if you need it.
7INTERNATIONAL STUDENTSCheck visa regulations and apply for your CAS number if necessary.
8FEES & FUNDINGDiscover more about your funding options and set up your fee payments.
9ONLINE REGISTRATION & ENROLMENTReceive your online registration and enrolment information.
10WELCOME WEEKAttend Welcome Week and begin your course.