Epidemiology is the study of disease and health outcomes in populations. It is about finding causes—the reasons why some people become ill, and the reasons why some populations are healthier than others—and what we can do to remove or control these causes. It is the science underpinning public health, clinical research and healthcare evaluation.
The MSc in Epidemiology offered at the University of Bristol will enable you to engage with the complex population health challenges facing the global community in future decades, providing high-quality training in epidemiological methods that are applicable to low-, middle- and high-income settings. The programme is suitable for students from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.
You will learn how to design and analyse experimental and observational studies covering aetiology, interventions, diagnosis and prognosis. There will be opportunities to learn about cutting-edge methods in causal inference and molecular epidemiology.
Your dissertation, on a research topic of your choice, will take the form of a journal article and a poster presentation, opening the possibility of submission for publication.
The Department of Population Health Sciences is a large and thriving department, with numerous opportunities for PhD study and employment on research projects. We are internationally recognised for our excellence in developing epidemiological methods and applying these to a broad spectrum of population health topics. Our research ranges from discovery science in molecular and genetic epidemiology to innovative clinical trials, policy-influencing activities and robust evidence assessments. Our MSc in Epidemiology is founded on this expertise.
This MSc will give students the knowledge and skills needed to work as a researcher or systematic reviewer in a wide range of settings, including universities, research institutes, government agencies, charities, pharmaceutical companies, and other private and public organisations that collect and analyse health-related data. Graduates will also be well placed to apply for a PhD in a range of population health research topics.
The MSc will prepare students to move into careers which, with further work experience and training, could develop into leadership roles, such as academics (lecturers, senior lecturers and professors of epidemiology), directors of research and development in pharmaceutical companies and biotech startups, strategic directors of health charities or public health government policy advisers.
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Programme StructureCourses include:
- Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
- Advanced Epidemiology
- Statistics for Epidemiology
- Study Design
- Clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants are required to hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, biological sciences, statistics, mathematics or psychology.
- Additionally, evidence of numeracy skills is required (e.g. A-level Mathematics or Statistics at grade C or higher, or a module with a good mark (at least 60 per cent) in previous university degree).
- Preference will be given to candidates with excellent academic results in their undergraduate degree who have demonstrated their interest in epidemiology or public health through work experience, volunteering or research.
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International21800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21800 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9900 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK part-time (two years): £4,950
- UK part-time (three years): £3,300
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man full-time - £12,440
Living costs for Bristol
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.