What will I learn?

The Master of Philosophy in Public Health (MPhil) is a research degree designed to provide research training for candidates aiming to develop competence in research in public health, or who aim to progress to a PhD. Research training is supplemented with coursework to provide in-depth discipline skills and/or skills in relevant research methods.

The MPhil comprises of 24 units of credit (uoc) of coursework selected from the Master of Public Health coursework program, and a thesis of no more than 40000 words on an approved topic. The normal full-time duration is 3 semesters (one semester of coursework and two of thesis) or 6 semesters part-time. Candidates must submit the thesis within two to four semesters, full-time equivalent.

Candidates develop competence in undertaking research in the field of public health through a combination of coursework and research.

MPhil candidates can upgrade to a PhD, subject to School and Faculty approval.

A candidate may be granted up to 24 uoc advanced standing from the Master of Public Health (MPH), or equivalent, for courses undertaken at the appropriate level determined by the Committee, towards the coursework component.

The coursework will be successfully completed within the first two semesters of enrolment of the MPhil unless approval is given by the Committee

All candidates will undertake the research at an approved UNSW location i.e. at a campus, teaching hospital, Area Health Service or health facility, or other research facility of the University. The Committee may permit a candidate to spend a period of time in the field, within another institution or elsewhere away from the University provided that the work can be supported and supervised in a manner satisfactory to the Committee. In such instances the Committee shall be satisfied that the location and period of time away from the University are necessary to the research program.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (1.7 years)

Tuition fees
A$43,680.00 (23,38,330) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

13 December 2021, 14 February 2022, 30 May 2022, 12 September 2022


UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,


New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry requires a 4 year (Honours) degree in Mining Engineering or a cognate discipline from a recognised institution, or satisfying the requirements of the UNSW Graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering (MINE5040FS and from 2015: MINE5335) with a minimum 70% average and no course fails.

For international students

A candidate for the degree:

(a) The candidate for the degree shall have been awarded Bachelor degree in the relevant discipline from the University of New South Wales, or equivalent program from another university.

(b) In exceptional cases, an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be permitted to enrol for the degree.

If the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant to undergo such assessment or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe, before permitting enrolment.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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