Shaun Maher

Master of Public Health


Studying part-time whilst working, it was essential that the course had a degree of flexibility in it. I chose to study at the University of Stirling because of the virtual nature of the course and the option to start at a point in time convenient to me. This made a huge difference and meant I was able to get off to a good start.

The benefits of studying at Stirling were the content of the Master of Public Health (MPH) course which has been a nice mix of practical and theoretical. The applied nature of many of the assignments meant that you got a taste of the purpose and benefit of what you were learning, as well as developing practical real-world skills in the field.  

I enjoyed the course structure - the all-virtual modular structure was supplemented nicely by the weekly live webinars/tutorials. You can build a bit of relationship with faculty as well as develop some camaraderie and support networks with fellow students from all over the world. In addition to this, the flexible nature of the final year project and the option to work with faculty on something “live” was a great experience.

My advice to prospective students would be that if peer support and connection are as important to you as they are to me, that when undertaking an all-virtual programme make sure you think about how and where you will get this. There were students in my group who connected and supported each other and that was invaluable to me.

Working as a healthcare system policy advisor/policymaker at a national level, the programme helped to develop my skills and understanding in practical ways. I feel more confident and effective in my role, and also more confident to explore other career opportunities as a result of undertaking the MPH at Stirling.

Many thanks to all the faculty who I have met over the past three years, especially a big thank you to Tony, Erica and Carina in particular for their wisdom, support and encouragement to get over the line.