MSc Epidemiology

This MSc will teach you 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.

Did you know?

You can study this programme full-time or part-time over 2 or 3 years.

  • Our MSc students are based at Bristol Medical School, which offers dedicated teaching and research facilities.
  • This MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to work as a researcher in a wide range of health research settings.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around 7 taught units and a research dissertation. Teaching methods include lectures, practicals, group work, workshops and seminars. 

Research Dissertation

Your research dissertation will give you the opportunity to explore an area of epidemiological research in depth.

Examples of past dissertation topics include:

  • Examining associations with HIV infection status and injecting practices among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Pakistan 
  • Meta-analysis of the accuracy of tests for coeliac disease across multiple diagnostic thresholds 
  • Suicides among Amsterdam Jews during and shortly after the Nazi-invasion in 1940 
  • The association between different modes of delivery for childbirth and subsequent sexual frequency and sexual satisfaction: a cohort study using ALSPAC data 
  • Genome-wide association study of menstruation-related traits in UK Biobank. 
  • Body dissatisfaction and body mass index trajectories across adolescence: a project using ALSPAC data. 
  • Recovering the unconfounded effect of drinking behaviours on head and neck cancer risk: a Mendelian randomization analysis"

If you wish to learn and develop within an inspiring, enthusiastic and supportive environment, I recommend studying at Bristol Medical School.

Heide, Postgraduate Student at Bristol Medical School


For general queries please contact:

Telephone: +44 (0) 117 331 1676

Dr Penny Whiting, Programme Director


Telephone: +44 (0)117 928 7287

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