School of Public Health

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally be expected to hold a good first degree in a science subject (at least an upper second) or a medical degree from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK.  Suitable candidates are likely to be those with a background in:

  • medicine
  • health sciences
  • biological sciences
  • environmental sciences

Mature applicants with relevant academic or professional experience will also be considered. For further information please contact Dr Filippos Filippidis at

Important note: the English language requirement for entry to the MPH is higher than the minimum standard set by many other programmes in Imperial College. Please see details below:

  • First Degree: If you have a first degree taught in English within the following countries then you meet the English requirement automatically: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, West Indies. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country.
  • Master's Degree: Candidates whose first degree was not taught in English but who have then successfully completed a one-year MSc (or equivalent) course at a University in one of the above countries are also exempt.
  • GCSE, IGCSE, GCE ‘O’ Level or equivalent: Grade B in English Language.
  • West African Examinations Council (WAEC): Grades 1-4 in English Language.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B.
  • IELTS (Academic): A minimum overall score of 7, with minimum score of 6.5 in any element.

Imperial College considers IELTS  scores to be valid for 2 years. Scores must be valid at the beginning of your studies at Imperial College, should your application be successful.

Global Health stream

Applicants can elect to study for the broader title of MPH without reference to a specialisation or choose to graduate with a global health speciality: MPH (GH). As with the existing MPH, the Global Health stream is looking to recruit high quality students.  The stream has a limited number of places and securing a place on the course is expected to be highly competitive. Students with international work experience will provide a valuable contribution to the course environment and therefore work experience in a low- or middle-Income country setting is desirable. 

The Global Health stream carries the same minimum entry requirements as the MPH. Given the statistics and epidemiology core courses in Term 1 suitable candidates are likely to have a basic grounding in maths or statistics, either at AS Level standard, as a component of their undergraduate degree or equivalent. 

If you wish to apply for the Global Health stream please tell us why you want to be considered for this pathway in your supporting statement on the MPH application form.

 Applicants should use the first sentence of their statement to indicate their stream preference.

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