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 offers a thorough grounding in epidemiological research and the application of statistical and mathematical methods to epidemiological investigation and practice. Students will be given the opportunity to apply research techniques to a variety of challenging epidemiological and biomedical problems. 

To read in more depth about the programme please see further information under Programme Content and the MSc Epidemiology Programme Specification 1718 (PDF)MSc Epidemiology Programme Spec 201718and MSc Epidemiology Structural Diagram

Entry requirements

Suitable candidates will have a 2.1 Honours degree in mathematics or statistics, medicine (human and veterinary) or biological sciences. English language requirements are an IELTS overall score 7 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.5 in any area.

Some applicants may be invited to a post-application interview (over the phone or by Skype) to further assess the suitability of the application, and demonstrate an exceptional background and level of experience pertinent to work experience or demonstrable drive towards epidemiology and public health research or action.

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.

The programme is an intensive full-time programme requiring active study for a full 12 months. 

Please see SPH Core Competency Standards 1718‌ to read more about the competencies and committment required to complete the programme.

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 Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students should be able to:

  • Design, analyse, interpret, and criticise epidemiological and biomedical research;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the essential principles of modern biostatistical methods and how to apply them;
  • Identify key concepts in the ecology and evolutionary biology of infectious disease and propose solutions to apply them to real world, cotemporary problems;
  • Employ basic mathematical and computational skills used in the analysis of infectious disease pathogenesis, transmission and control;
  • Apply current research methods in key areas of their chosen specialism;
  • Identify problems and pose appropriate studies/solutions;
  • Demonstrate an understanding and apply principles of modelling to real world and contemporary health problems;
  • Understand and provide an overview of the big issues in chronic and infectious disease epidemiology;
  • Carry out research using research methods to generate novel scientific results;
  • Communicate scientific results in a formal setting to an audience of peers and engage in scientific dialogue;
  • Integrate information from a range of sources.

Applications and start date

For October 2018 entry, recruitment will open in October 2017 and we will review applications for 2018/19 from this point.

To meet the team and find out more about the course come to our open evening on the 22nd November 2018 at St Mary's Campus sign up here.  For information email 


Please see our School of Public Health Scholarships Page for information on any scholarships we are offering. Applications for scholarships for the academic year starting in October 2017 have now been processed and are now closed. Information regarding scholarships for October 2018 will be updated ready for October 2017 and the new recruitment cycle.

Please see Imperial's Scholarships page for any other College level Scholarships being offered.

The new Postgraduate Loan for Masters Study for Home and EU students is now available for students to apply to programmes starting in the 2017 to 2018 academic year. Full information is now available and applications are being taken. 

Student prize winner profiles

Each year the Dean's prize is awarded to an exceptional student on each of our Master's courses. Find out more from the prize winners for this course.

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