Academic credit arrangements/Regulations

 Peoples-uni Regulations for Master of Public Health (MPH), and Diploma, or Certificate in Public Health

During a 2-year period between 2011-2013, Peoples-uni students were able to enrol for the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) MPH programme. This is no longer available. While partnerships with other Universities are being explored, the following are the Peoples-uni own regulations.It is possible to enrol in Peoples-uni modules for continuing professional development (CPD) purposes without the need to gain academic credits. For anyone wishing to study for an MPH, Diploma or Certificate from Peoples-uni, the regulations below apply. Until a new partner University is identified, Peoples-uni will continue to run courses benchmarked at the Masters level, but awards will be certificates of academic achievement classed as 'Diploma equivalent' or 'MPH equivalent'.

On finding a new partner University we will endeavour to let existing students transfer to a University programme, but the conditions of such a transfer (e.g. how many modules already completed with Peoples-uni will be accredited as ‘prior learning’) will be up to the new partner University.

Here is a flow chart to demonstrate the pathways to gain credit.

Pass marks and requirements

  1. An MPH requires successful completion of 8 modules (a minimum of 2 from each module group), plus the dissertation module, at Masters-level.
  2. A Diploma in Public Health requires successful completion of 8 modules (a minimum of 2 from each module group), at Masters-level, but not the dissertation module.
  3. A Certificate in Public Health requires successful completion of 4 modules, at Masters-level.
  4. The Masters-level pass mark is 50% (but see Condonement option below).

Enrolment to the MPH/Diploma programme

  1. Students are eligible to apply for the MPH programme, if they have successfully passed two modules at the 50% level, AND have not failed any module (failing a module means not achieving a 50% mark after one submission plus two resubmissions).
  2. Students wishing to study for a Diploma must also apply for the MPH programme under the same conditions.
  3. Students who have failed a module may still be eligible to study for a Certificate.
  4. Module passes achieved prior to a student joining the MPH programme will count towards a Diploma/MPH, but it would normally be expected that they have been achieved up to two semesters before joining the programme (exceptions will be made in semester 15b for students who have already passed a higher number of modules before applying for the MPH track)

The clauses below apply to all students studying on the MPH/Diploma programme:

Re-enrolment on modules

  1. Students are permitted to enroll in any module up to two times in total (i.e. re-enrol one more time in the same module in a later semester), except if they have already failed a second resubmission (but see below on 2nd resubmissions).

Non-completion of modules

  1. Students have to submit assignments in every module they start, unless they request to be un-enrolled or suspend their studies prior to Topic 5 (prior to Topic 2 for the Dissertation) within the semester.

  2. Non-completion of modules may result in studies being terminated. Students unable to complete a module must inform their Module Leader or the Academic Coordinator at the earliest opportunity.


  1. A total of three submissions are allowed for any single module (one submission and two re-submissions, which may be across two semesters if the student re-enrols in the same module). A 2nd resubmission is not an automatic right, but will only be permitted if the 1st resubmission demonstrates significant improvements on the 1st submission, and the student has taken all markers' comments into account. This also applies to the right to re-enrol after a 1st resubmission. In any resubmission, students are expected to highlight changes they make in response to markers’ comments. 

Condonement and failed modules

  1. Students who fail any module (i.e. achieve a mark of <50% after second resubmission) are not permitted to progress to the Masters dissertation. The Education Committee will decide whether their academic performance in other modules is of sufficient standard to allow them to progress to a Diploma.
  2. Students achieving a grade of 45% for one module after second resubmission may be allowed to continue on the MPH programme (“condonement”), contingent upon satisfactory performance in other modules, and at the discretion of the Education Committee. However, condonement is only possible for one module within the programme. No condonement is possible in the dissertation module.

Progression during the MPH Programme:

The Education Committee confirms all final module grades, and decides upon progression of individual students to the next phase of the programme.  Specifically, the Committee decides upon progression to the Dissertation module based on a judgement of each individual student’s demonstrated ability to cope with the academic requirements of the Dissertation.

Duration of study and suspensions

  1. Students are expected to pass the modules required for an MPH within a total of five years (10 semesters).

  2. Students who are for any reason unable to continue their studies must apply for a suspension of studies from the Academic Coordinator. This does not alter the requirement to complete an MPH within five years.

Certificate in Public Health:

  1. Students qualify for a Certificate in Public Health after passing 4 modules at Masters level; a maximum of one of these modules may have been subject to condonement (i.e. passed at 45-49%).
  2. Students can be awarded a Certificate even if they have failed a module.
  3. The same regulations on re-submissions and re-enrolments apply as for Diploma/MPH students.


  1. Students can appeal to the above rules on the basis of unforeseen exceptional circumstances. The appeals process will consider the validity of these circumstances, and will consider these against the need to uphold the organisation’s academic standards at postgraduate level, as well as the need to be fair to all students.

* Selection of modules. Among the 8 modules you have to take to gain the Diploma, you have to take at least 2 from the “Foundation Sciences of Public Health' group (you have to take Biostatistics and Introduction to Epidemiology), and at least 2 from the 'Public Health Problems' group. You can select whichever modules will be most useful for you, and take these in any order, to a maximum of 2 modules per semester. We recommend that you also take the Evidence Based Practice module if you are considering going as far as the Dissertation.

20 July 2016