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MSc Epidemiology

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two or three years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance on specific days each year
Start date September 2020

Programme overview

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 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.

The MSc will introduce the principles of modern epidemiology and its role in public health and other health-related disciplines. 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.

Watch a video to learn more about the programme, discover what you'll be studying and hear from postgraduate students about life in Bristol.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£9,600
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
£4,800
UK/EU: part-time (three years)
£3,200
Overseas: full-time
£21,100
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£12,200

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2020/21

International scholars from Chevening, Commonwealth, Fulbright and Marshall are welcome to apply for this MSc.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Teaching methods include lectures, practicals, group work, workshops and seminars. All but two units are compulsory; the dissertation is also compulsory and is undertaken during the final term and over the summer. The programme will introduce you to the statistical package Stata for data handling, manipulation and analysis.

The taught units will contribute 120 credits and the dissertation 60 credits to the overall degree.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Epidemiology.

Entry requirements

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.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

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.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 September 2020. We reserve the right to close admissions early to certain markets.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care:
  • 50% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Open days and visits

Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 428 2752 Email: epidemiology-msc@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Penny Whiting Course Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 7287 Email: penny.whiting@bristol.ac.uk

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/medical-school/ http://www.bristol.ac.uk/medical-school/research/population-health-sciences/

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