Start with a short course

Our online short courses provide an alternative entry route to this online Masters degree if:

  • you want to get your studies started without committing to the full Masters
  • you’ve missed the deadline to apply for the degree, or
  • you do not meet the formal degree entry requirements.

A way to study this online Masters without a degree

Our entry-route short courses are self-evaluating.

This means you do not need to provide formal qualifications to study them. You’re welcome to join a course if you’re academically capable.

To help you decide if a short course is right for you, check the entry guidance on each course page. This explains the level of teaching involved.

How it works

  • Complete 30 credits’ worth of short courses that are part of this online Masters.
  • Then apply to transfer to the online Masters in August 2022.

By earning 30 credits successfully, you’ll have proved you’re capable of learning at this level. You’ll then be eligible to apply to transfer to the online Masters, even if you do not hold the formal degree entry qualifications.

Degree transfers take place once a year, in August only. The next opportunity to transfer is August 2022.

Get started on the short course route

To start on the entry path to this online Masters, complete two or more of these recommended courses by August 2022.

All are core courses on our online MPH degree programme except Epidemiology, which is an elective.

These courses are delivered at MSc level. At this level of teaching, you would normally have:

  • a health-related honours degree (a 2:2 or at least 60%)
  • or an honours degree (2:2 or at least 60%) in science, social science or a humanities subject and be interested in a public health-related career
  • or be able to demonstrate evidence of equivalent experience in healthcare practice or research.

Courses starting in September 2021

Courses starting in January 2022

Purchasing your courses

To join a course, apply via the course page and follow the application and checkout process. Courses are available to purchase until one week after their start date.

Study at your own pace

We estimate that each 15-credit course is around 10 – 15 hours of study time per week.

If you’re planning to study part-time, especially if you’re studying around full-time work, we recommend taking a maximum of 30 credits per term.

You’re welcome to go at a slower pace and begin with one 15-credit course. But you cannot transfer to the degree until you have 30 credits from courses that are part of this online Masters.

Online Masters route not for you?

You do not have to transfer to the Masters degree. Our online short courses give you the flexibility to:

  • study any short course standalone, earning credits with each one
  • build your credits up to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma instead
  • continue course by course, at your own pace, with the option to transfer to the online Masters when you’re ready.

Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to the most common questions we receive about our short course routes.

If your question is not answered here, we’re here to help. Get in touch.