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Public Health Sciences

Graduate programs in Public Health Sciences

Public Health Sciences



Master's degree programme (MPH)

Application requirements
Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree (BS, BA, or comparable) from an accredited college/university.

International applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score as proof of English proficiency. Minimum scores accepted are 79 on the TOEFL internet based test or a IELTS score of 6,5. (Further information on English proficiency requirements and exemtions)

Applicants are evaluated for entrance based on their grade point average (in general a GPA equivalent to the Icelandic 7,25 (first) is a prerequisite for admissions), performance in specific courses, such as methodology and statistics, statement of intent, and prior research and work experience.

In the statement of intent, applicants are required to describe their motivations, issues they intend to address during their studies, as well as professional goals. Applicants are also asked to define their area of interest and propose a topic for their final dissertation. Applicants are asked to use this form to compose the statement

The Admissions Committee aims to admit students of diverse academic backgrounds.

Application materials and procedures
Application deadline for international students at the University of Iceland is February 1st. Students apply on-line and can submit supporting documents required electronically. Transcripts and diplomas should be certified copies and also need to be sent by post to the address below. Applicants can expect to be notified of the Admissions Committee's decisions by regular mail and e-mail between May 1st and 15th.

Link to the UI application form for international students

The following materials must be attached with your on-line application (Please make sure that all your attachments are in the pdf file format):

  • Transcripts of previous university/college degrees. Explanation of grading system should be included. Transcripts from the latest educational institution attended should be certified copies and both attached with your on-line application as well as mailed directly by the institution to: Háskóli Íslands, Foreign Applications, Saemundargata 2, IS-101, Reykjavik, Iceland. Other transcripts should be certified copies as well and attached with your on-line application only.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS) . Please send original test score card or a certified copy to the same address as above. Also attach a copy with your on-line application.
  • Two references should be attached with your on-line application and/or emailed directly to Both should be qualified through personal experience to judge your academic performance and potential for advanced study. If you are at present in employment, a reference from your employer is required. Applications will not be considered until two references have been received.
  • Statement of intent. Please attach a pdf version of the form with your on-line application.
  • A brief resume listing relevant work and research experience (CV) should be attached with your on-line application.
  • If applicable, copies of grant and scholarship applications and/or confirmation of awards can be attached with your on-line application.
  • Citizens of countries outside the EEA/EFTA (exempting the Faroe Islands and Greenland), applying for studies at the University of Iceland, are required to pay a fee of € 50 (ISK 8,000) for the handling and processing of their applications. The fee is charged as part of the online application process and is payable by credit card only, VISA or Mastercard. The handling and processing fee is NOT refundable.


Doctoral degree programme

Application requirements
A masters degree is generally a necessary prerequisite for admission to doctoral studies. A minimum TOEFL or IELTS is required; furhter information on proof of English proficiency at UI is here

Before you submit your application, you must find a relevant project and a supervisor, with an affiliation with the University of Iceland, who would like to guide you through the PhD. The application, including a research proposal, is completed by the applicant and co-signed by the supervisor.

Finding a suitable supervisor within UI may seem daunting and requires some research. We recommend using the staff listing page where one can search by both faculty and speciality. The next step would be to contact a faculty member whose speciality matches your research plan and outline. We do not have a specific list of available supervisors.

An application may be made in English or Icelandic.
Application and appendices should be submitted in electronic format (MS Word or PDF format):
Appendices (originals) should also be mailed to: Centre of Public Health Sciences, Stapi at Hringbraut, 101 Reykjavík.

Admission for the PhD program in public health is rolling, and applications can be submitted at any time of the year. Please note that the application will not be processed until all supporting documents have been received.

Applications for the PhD programme are reviewed by the programme board for initial evaluation, and, once approved, forwarded to the Committee for Doctoral Studies at the supervisor's faculty, for final assessment. This process usually takes between 4-6 weeks.

Upon favourable review, the applicant is invited for an interview.

Applicant's would register at UI for the semester following their acceptance to the program.

Application form


  • Curriculum vitae of student, and degree certificates (BSc and/or MSc, or equivalent degree in English).
  • Curriculum vitae of supervisor/advisor (those that have previously supervised doctoral students do not need to send in a CV).
  • Copy of permissions (e.g. from Ethics committes) if relevant.
  • Proof of English proficiency if applicable.


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