Funded Studentship Master of Public Health (MPH)/MSc Applied Health Research (Ref: MPHAHR2019)

Applications are invited for a studentship for either the Master of Public Health or MSc in Applied Health Research hosted within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, commencing September 2019.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The Master of Public Health at York prepares students to address local and global health problems. Multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches are taught by researchers who are experts in epidemiology, public health and social medicine. We offer a range of options to develop both the core disciplines needed for public health practice and specialised aspects of public health including health policy, research methods, or global and humanitarian work. The course also provides a solid foundation for those planning to take the membership examination of the Faculty of Public Health. The MPH is run in association with the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).

MSc in Applied Health Research (AHR)

The MSc in Applied Health Research is a multidisciplinary course which gives students a detailed and comprehensive understanding of how to apply a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods to current, pressing health issues and how to critically assess published research. These skills will enable individuals to pursue a career in research through academia and/or a combination of clinical healthcare practice.

The Award

The studentship is open to applicants in financial need who will need to provide evidence and support for this in their application. The award will cover a one year annual stipend of £10,000. The successful student will receive four quarterly payments of £2,500.

Essential requirements

Only applicants with a minimum of 2.1 degree will be considered. Therefore, those who are still undertaking their degrees will not be considered for the studentship. For applicants whose first language is not English, there is a minimum requirement of an IELTS score of at least 7 in each component of the test at the time of application.

Application process

Applications should be received no later than 14th March 2019 16:00h (BST). Applications will not be considered for the studentship after this date. No exceptions will be made.

Applications should be made through the Department of Health Sciences online application process which can be accessed using these links:

When completing the electronic form, applicants will need to state that they are applying for the advertised studentship and include reference: MPHAHR2019 under the ‘How studies will be funded’ section, in order to be considered for the studentship.


Interviews will take place on 19th March from 2pm (BST) via Skype or similar communication tools. Please make sure that you are available at this time as no other interview times or dates will be offered.

Informal Enquiries

Prospective applicants who wish to discuss the studentship should contact: Sarah Parkinson ( ) in the Student and Academic Support Service on
+44 (0)1904 321770 in the first instance. Further details about the programmes can be found on the departmental website at:

Previous candidates who are eligible and are interested in applying for the studentship need to contact Student Information Service on: +44 (0)1904 321310.

Department of Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences includes over 280 academics, teachers, researchers and support staff engaged in delivering research, professional development, education and training. Our core aim is excellence in research and teaching, while contributing to improving health and healthcare through the application of our research to policy and practice. We are a multidisciplinary department, involving clinicians from a range of health professions including medicine, nursing and midwifery alongside disciplines such as public health, epidemiology, statistics, health economics, health services research, psychology and sociology. In the most recent assessment of research quality in the UK (the 2014 Research Excellence Framework), the Department was ranked equal first nationally for its research environment for producing research of world-leading quality.

Our research activity is organised around seven core themes: mental health and addiction; trials and statistics; public health and society; cancer epidemiology; nursing and midwifery; cardiovascular health; health services and policy. The successful candidate will join a vibrant Graduate School joining over 200 postgraduate students.

The University of York

The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK Universities. It has an outstanding record of research, teaching, and training across a full range of disciplines. The main campus is a 200-acre landscaped park, with colleges and academic buildings within walking distance. Proximity to the historic city of York makes the University a popular choice and provides a pleasant working environment. Transport connections to York are fast and effective.

University of York Graduate Research School