Public Health

Key programme benefits to future students

The focus of the MSc in Public Health programme is to move from the traditional public health teachings into a competency-based and applied public health way of learning. The programme is exceptional in the strength of its modules in global health and sustainable development, the social determinants of health and health systems, public health research and data analysis, and design, monitoring, and evaluation of public health interventions.

Students irrespective of their professional background will be able to investigate, design, evaluate, and address public health challenges. The MSc in Public health also provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary study and work.

The programme is made up of five core modules with online lectures, on-campus face-to-face skills building and group-collaboration workshops, a practicum, and a research project. Students can register on a full-time or part-time basis.

Subjects taught

Public Health – Full-time

Autumn Modules

• Public Health & Health Systems

• Public Health Interventions

• Public Health Research and Data Analysis

Spring Modules

• Monitoring and Evaluation in Public Health

• Global Health and Sustainable Development

• Public Health Practicum

Summer Modules

• Research Project

Public Health – Part-time

Year 1

Autumn Modules

• Public Health Interventions

• Public Health Research and Data Analysis

• Public Health Practicum

Spring Modules

• Monitoring and Evaluation in Public Health

• Global Health and Sustainable Development

Year 2

Spring Modules

• Public Health Practicum

Summer Modules

• Research Project

Entry requirements

Who can apply?

Graduates of any undergraduate degree can be accepted into the Public Health MSc.

Applicants must hold a minimum 2.1 (second-class honours grade 1) result in their first honours bachelor’s degree (NFQ Level 8 or other internationally recognised equivalent). Awards of 2:2 or less may be considered if applicants demonstrate significant public health work experience.

The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary. Candidates who are deemed to appropriately meet the above requirements will be invited to take part in on online interview as part of the application process, after which successful candidates will be offered a place on the programme.

What to include with your application?

A personal statement detailing why you wish to undertake the programme and the area of research that you are interested in doing (maximum length two pages A4, 11-point font size, 1.5 line spacing).

Qualification transcripts and certificates.

Curriculum vitae

A copy of your birth certificate/passport (showing your legal name)

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts


• English language competency certificate

Please ensure that you include all necessary materials with your initial application as this will help with the processing of each application.

Application dates

Preparing your Application:

1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, blended.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers

Example roles might include: Academic researcher, Data analyst, Epidemiologist, Health policy officer, Project manager, Health economist, Public health nurse, Public health dentist. Graduates would be likely to go on to work in settings such as health, research, business, government, and national or international non-governmental organisations.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Full time,Part time

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