MSc Epidemiology Programme Specification 1718 (PDF)‌The 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.

The programme is an intensive full-time programme requiring active study for a full 12 months. Students are expected to attend ALL timetabled sessions and any additional practical classes, tutorials and group-work meetings. The attendance requirement is full-time i.e. usual working hours from Monday - Friday for the taught components and for the research project.

The full detail on the programme is captured in the MSc Epidemiology Programme Specification 1718 (PDF) and the MSc Epidemiology Programme Structure Diagram 2017/18 (PDF).

You can also read more about the modules in the programme in the MSc Epidemiology Module Outlines 2017/18 (PDF).


Term 1

The core focus of term one is to lay the foundations in biostatistics, modelling and epidemiologic study design and analysis. It will build core knowledge on methods in epidemiology and major disease, skills in the application of these and avenues of epidemiological research.

The programme is comprised of four core modules in term one, as follows:

• Introduction to Statistical Thinking and Data Analysis;
• Principles and Methods of Epidemiology;
• Disease Masterclass;
• Introduction to Infectious Disease Modelling.


Term 2

The core focus of term two is to develop more specialised methodological and analytic skills, with the development of knowledge on advanced methods and skills, and the application thereof used in conduct of epidemiological research.

Term two builds upon the knowledge gained in term one and allows students to choose six out of eight available optional/elective modules. The selection of optional/elective modules has been carefully designed to cover a range of topics important for epidemiologic analyses and allow a certain degree of specialism, whilst ensuring that students gain skills across a broad range of topics related to infectious and chronic disease epidemiology.

The optional/elective modules are subject to change each year but currently include:

• Bayesian Statistics (Pre-requisite for ‘Spatial Analysis’ module)
• Spatial Analysis
• Further Methods in Infectious Disease Modelling (Pre-requisite for ‘Outbreaks’ module)
• Outbreaks
• Advanced Regression
• Advanced Topics in Biostatistics
• Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology
• Genetics of Infectious Disease Pathogens


 Term 3

From approximately May until September (4 months), the research project will be carried out.

The titles of the research projects are offered by prospective supervisors each year and will be made available before the start of term two for students to select from. Students may be able to initiate and propose their own research projects, subject to internal academic approval, appropriate supervision available and ethical approval requirements.

Example and indicative projects from previous years include:

• Predicting the public health impact of pyrethroid resistance for malaria control;
• Epigenetic aging of the female X chromosome;
• Umbrella review and meta-analysis of white cell counts as predictors of disease;
• Origins of data amongst mathematical models of tuberculosis;
• Infectious disease risk assessment under a changing climate: phenological environmental suitability modelling for invertebrate disease vectors;
• Systematic review and meta-analysis of circulating vitamin D in critically ill adult and paediatric patients.

On completion of the project, a written dissertation will be produced and submitted for examination followed by a viva in September with an internal and external examiner.


Programme Developments for 2017/18

For 2017/18, we are introducing some new features and enhancements to the MSc Epidemiology programme. The information on these webpages reflects the content and structure of the programme for 2017/18.

If you wish to read more about the changes for 2017/18 they are captured in the MSc Epidemiology Programme Development Overview 2017/18 (PDF).

If you have any queries please contact us on: msc-epidemiology@imperial.ac.uk