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July 2012 Department of Public Health MPH APPLICATION AND APPROVAL PROCEDURE There are two parallel processes involved in enrolling in the MPH programme. The first, for admission to the programme, is an internal Department process to assess your eligibility and to approve the proposed topic of study for your dissertation or thesis. The second is the registration process with the University . This involves registration, payment of fees and course approval. Both must be completed to successfully enrol in the programme. The first step is to make sure that you are eligible for the programme once your final marks from the DPH programme are available. This is usually at the end of November for students completing at the end of semester 2, or at the end of June for students completing at the end of semester 1. Students who have completed the DPH programme and who have attained a good B grade average (overall 73% or better) for their four DPH papers are eligible to apply. At this stage students should explore possible dissertation/thesis topics informally with a potential supervisor/s. You may have identified a potential supervisor during your DPH studies, or if not you should approach either the Head of Department Richard Edwards, the DPH convenor Diana Sarfati, or Michael Keall, Postgraduate Academic Committee Chairperson for advice about possible supervisors in the Department. Please arrange a meeting with potential supervisors or Richard or Diana through Mary Anderson the Postgrad Administrator, [email protected] or phone 918 6040. This should occur as soon as possible after receiving your marks, and preferably in the previous semester to the intended application. 1. Departmental approval: Students need to obtain Departmental approval to be admitted to the Masters programme. This includes approval of proposed research topic, research methods and supervision arrangements. This occurs at the Department of Public Health’s Postgraduate Academic meeting which is held once a month, usually on the first Friday of the month, except for the December meeting which will be at the end of the second week to allow for consideration of dissertation applications. The requirements for the Departmental approval process are as follows: A project outline should be prepared by the student (in consultation with potential supervisors wherever possible) – see below for more details. This should be about 1 page in length. In addition, the supervisor should prepare a Departmental Masters Programme application form (see attached). The application form, together with the project outline, should be sent to the
July 2012 Postgraduate Administrator (Mary Anderson) who will ensure that this is considered at the next Academic Meeting (supervisor to attend if possible).

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