M.Sc. On Campus

Population Health Sciences

University of Cambridge

24 months
16206 GBP/year
6261 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSt in Population Health Sciences (PHS) is jointly run by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the MRC Biostatistics Unit, with contributions from colleagues across the University of Cambridge.


Key facts:

  • The MSt PHS is a part-time postgraduate master's course that includes the academic disciplines of epidemiology, global health, health data science, infectious diseases, public health, and primary care research. 
  • The course is open to graduates and other qualified candidates (see entry requirements) who wish to pursue a research, practice or leadership career in population health sciences.
  • The course of study for the MSt in Population Health Sciences (PHS) consists of eleven taught modules and a dissertation. The MSt in PHS is a two-year part-time master's degree of the University of Cambridge. It can also be taken as an MPhil in Population Health Sciences which is a one-year full-time master's degree of the University of Cambridge.
  • Students study five core modules and subsequently select at least six additional modules, either following a designated pathway in one of the named specialisation themes (epidemiology, global health, health data science, infectious diseases, public health, and primary care research) or following a more personalised pathway. Students also complete a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.
  • Applicants should note that due to pre-requisites and dependencies, and constraints of timetabling, the pathways followed by part-time students will be dependent on which of the specialisation themes they are following. An indication of how the modules can be spread over 2 years for each specialisation theme is provided in documentation on the website.

Programme Structure

  • A variety of teaching methods are employed throughout the course, including lectures, and a range of individual and group exercises, such as problem-solving activities, group discussions, presentations, and practicals with various data sets and computational tools.
  • Some modules may opt for a flipped or blended learning approach, in which students will be expected to engage with material ahead of class, in preparation for engaging in practical activities and discussions in class. Students are expected to engage in a substantial amount of additional study time per module, to be spent on activities that include reading, assignments and course supervisions.
  • There are approximately 180 contact hours over the course.
  • Students attend classes for all modules. These classes take a variety of formats, including lectures, practicals and small group work. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent.
  • Applicants will usually have undergraduate experience in quantitative science or a degree in a health-related area, although other relevant experience will also be considered.
  • We also expect clear interest in Population Health Sciences (PHS), clear commitment to a career in PHS, and a clear understanding of the contribution of the MPhil/MSt to applicants’ future career ambitions.
  • Students without the standard university requirements but with clinical degrees or appropriate and compensatory professional experience may be considered via our non-standard applicant route.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16206 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32412 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    6261 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12522 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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