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Masters in Science in Community Health

Key Facts

Course Code Fulltime: DPTNM-CHEA-1F09

Duration: 1 year full-time

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30th June

Location: 24 D'Olier Street and the Institute of Population Health, Tallaght, Dublin.

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.


The M.Sc. in Community Health is intended to enable students from across a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds to gain a grounded understanding of the core principles of public health and their application to the practice of community healthcare, and to increase graduates’ employability in community health practice. This course endeavours to provide those who wish  to apply to work within community health practice with the skills necessary for advancing knowledge, initiating and encouraging innovation, and leading and developing their practice, thus enabling them to achieve their highest potential in both their academic and professional lives.

Structure & Delivery

This full-time taught M.Sc. in Community Health is a one year theory course comprising six modules and a dissertation. Lectures usually start in mid September each year and the course runs for one calendar year.

Small classes facilitate the opportunity for students to engage in interactive lectures, discussions and debate. Focusing on the development of critical analysis, reflection, research and presentation skills helps students advance their knowledge of practice and research applied to community health practice. We are also increasingly using blended learning methods, with the introduction of more online teaching.
This allows for greater flexibility. Students form small study groups to provide mutual peer support and arenas for discussion and debate. Students can attend our annual interdisciplinary research conference, regular research days, seminars, data analysis clinics and learn about the latest research and practice developments from international and national experts.

Course Content

The programme includes five mandatory modules and one elective module, all with 10 ECTS weightings. Students must also complete a Dissertation which has an ECTS weighting of 30 credits. In order to be awarded the M.Sc. in Community Health students must successfully complete 90 ECTS. Assessment consists of one written examination, written assignments, group presentations and online activities.

Year One

One Elective Module
A choice of 1 module from the list below, subject to student numbers

Year Two


Entry Requirement

International applicants must:

  • Where applicable, hold current registration with the relevant professions’ regulatory body
  • Normally hold a minimum 2.1 grade (second class honours) in a relevant primary degree in the applicant’s field of practice Or otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course
  • Meet language requirements, for applicants whose first language is not English meet language requirements (see below)


All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:


Minimum Level Required

IELTS Grade 6.5
TOEFL 230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Pearson Test of English PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.