MSc Epidemiology

Applying research techniques to a variety of challenging epidemiological and biomedical problems

Key information

1 year full-time

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

MSc Epidemiology
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Our Master's (MSc) in Epidemiology will provide students with opportunities to apply research techniques to a variety of challenging epidemiological and biomedical problems. See further information under programme content and programme structure.

Entry requirements

Suitable candidates will have a good degree in a quantitative health science or in mathematics or statistics from a University of good standing. English language requirement IELTS overall score 7 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.5 in any area.

Is this programme for you?

We offer a thorough grounding in epidemiological research. You will gain a unique insight into the theory and methods developed for the epidemiological study and control of both chronic and infectious disease. Please see MSc Epidemiology core competencies (Word).

Career prospects

Around two-thirds of graduates from the MSc in Epidemiology go on to pursue a research career in academia. The remainder go on to industry, healthcare, NGOs or government positions.

Key benefits

This MSc programme aims to:

  • broaden the knowledge base of existing clinicians and scientists in related disciplines who wish to acquire and “update” their skills in the application of research methods to epidemiology and biostatistics; 
  • provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and conduct epidemiological studies, and to interpret, analyse and present resulting data;
  • promote scientific debate and critical appraisal skills; promote the use of an interdisciplinary (mathematical, biological, medical and statistical) approach to the problems of communicable and non-communicable disease control;
  • develop expertise in the acquisition of knowledge about biological, economic, and social factors which influence health and exposure to disease.
  • provide graduate students from a range of backgrounds with the quantitative skills required for research in modern epidemiology.

Programme development

From September 2017, some new key features and enhancements will be added to the programme. Whilst the programme is currently organised into modules, as of 2017/18, these modules will have credit attached to them and the programme will become ‘modular’. Credit will be introduced to each module to clarify the link between learning and assessment and will be beneficial to students.  It will also align to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Each module of study will still act as a building block of learning, on a certain subject area and you will study both core modules, and have the choice of optional modules (for Term 2).  

You can still expect modules of study, with both core and optional content, including a research project at the end. The modules on offer are likely to remain the same or similar. Module choices and options are subject to change each year.

As of 2017/18, each module will be assessed independently.  The assessments are likely to consist of a mixture of different types of assessment suitable to the module content, which may include quizzes, essays, multiple choice, exams coursework, lab reports, presentations, and group assignments. 

The information about the programme structure will be updated during 2016/17 and if you apply for the programme and are made an offer we will keep you up-to-date by email. Please do look at the current programme handbook and specification to learn more about the content of the programme which will remain mostly the same.

We look forward to receiving your application.

If you have any questions about the planned changes for 2017/18 then please don’t hesitate to contact us on:  or

Applications and start date

We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis for the October 2017 entry.


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Student prize winner profiles

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