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The University of Edinburgh

36 months
5735 GBP/year
5735 GBP/year
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This online Epidemiology programme from The University of Edinburgh will equip the epidemiological leaders of tomorrow with key foundational knowledge and a portfolio of statistical and data science skills to tackle contemporary challenges. 


Epidemiology is the foundational discipline for understanding and improving population health. Its methods underpin medical research, investigates the causes of disease, and evaluates intervention to prevent or control disease.

By studying this Epidemiology programme from The University of Edinburgh, you will:

  • develop your expertise in a vital subject
  • gain the skills you need to take on leading roles in epidemiology and address contemporary population health problems
  • benefit from a strong focus on research and inter-disciplinary opportunities, helping to position you at the forefront of this exciting and evolving field in an era of data-driven innovation 

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on epidemiology and brought increased recognition of the importance of this discipline. The enhanced focus on infectious diseases and global epidemic control has resulted in job creation, professional opportunities and recognition of the key role in this discipline to help resolve some of the global challenges in the future.

Who the degree is aimed at

If you are interested in developing specialist skills in the field of epidemiology, this exciting and challenging programme is for you.

You don't need to have studied epidemiology previously, but you do need to be comfortable with numerical reasoning. You may come from a clinical or non-clinical background.

You may be interested in developing or progressing a career in academic research, industry or another health-related setting, or you may simply be eager to develop epidemiological expertise.

If you are interested in our programme, but you need more information to decide if this is a good fit for you, please get in touch with us.

Career opportunities

Our graduates will be suitably qualified to pursue a range of careers across multiple sectors, including in:

  • academia/research
  • government
  • NGOs/charities
  • medical practice, including public health and other health-related professions

As well as gaining expertise in the field of epidemiology, you will develop key transferable skills including collaborative team-working, communication and research skills.

The Usher Institute has well-established strong connections to the National Health Service, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Government and Public Health Policy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Data Analysis with R
  • Intermediate Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 
  • Statistical Modelling for Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Research Design for Epidemiology

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits
  • MSc - 180
  • PgCert - 60
  • PgDip - 120



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in science, medicine, biomedicine, nursing, social science, statistics, or other related discipline. 

Tuition Fee

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    5735 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 5735 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    5735 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5735 GBP per year during 36 months.


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