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The award

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 9600

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 22600

All study options

About MSc Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


This programme will equip you with the knowledge and statistical skills to make valuable contributions to medical research and public health. Epidemiological methods underpin clinical medical research, public health practice and health care evaluation to investigate the causes of disease and to evaluate prevention or control interventions.

The programme will enable you to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and awareness of the role of epidemiology and its contribution to other health-related disciplines
  • choose appropriate designs and develop detailed protocols for epidemiological studies
  • enter and manage computerised epidemiological data and carry out appropriate statistical analyses
  • assess the results of epidemiological studies, including critical appraisal of the study question, study design, methods and conduct, statistical analyses and interpretation

Career opportunities

Graduates follow careers in medical research, academic medicine, public health and community medicine, epidemiological studies, drug manufacture and with government or NGOs.

Compulsory modules:

Extended Epidemiology
Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
Clinical Trials
Epidemiology in Practice
Study Design: Writing a Proposal
Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Elective modules include:

Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
Social Epidemiology
Environmental Epidemiology
Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Residential Field Trip

There is a compulsory two-day residential retreat outside London. There is also an optional field trip during the Term 1 Reading Week.

Project report

You will complete a written research project on a topic of your choosing. This may involve analysis of existing data, a systematic review, or a protocol or infectious disease modelling study. Students do not usually travel abroad to collect data.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time or two years part-time. Students can choose to attend part-time throughout both years or by split-study.

Location: London

Programme directors: Simon Cousens, Dr Ian Douglas

Contact email:

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9600International course feesGBP 22600
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4800International course feesGBP 11300

Entry requirements

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
  • a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

Additional requirements for the MSc Epidemiology are:

  • evidence of numeracy skills (e.g. A level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree)
  • it is preferable for a student to have some work experience in a health-related field

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Please contact the course directors if you are not sure whether this is the right course for you.

Applicants with a background in veterinary science are advised to apply for the School's sister course, MSc Veterinary Epidemiology. Applicants looking for training in public health practice are advised to apply to the MSc Public Health.

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