MSc Epidemiology

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New programme for 2019

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 2019

Programme overview

Epidemiology is the science underpinning public health, clinical research and health care evaluation (a form of health "data science"). The MSc in Epidemiology will enable you to engage with the complex population health challenges facing the UK and 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 cover the design and statistical analysis of experimental and observational studies. Much of the teaching will relate to the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. There will be opportunity to learn about cutting-edge methods in causal inference.

Your dissertation, on a research topic of your choice, will be likely based on large-scale studies of national importance, and will take the form of a journal article, an oral 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 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
UK/EU: part-time (three years)
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

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 2019/20

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 including (but not limited to) medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, biological sciences, statistics, mathematics, psychology. Additionally, evidence of numeracy skills is required (e.g. A-level Mathematics or Statistics - C or higher- or a module with a good mark in previous university degree – minimum of 60%). Preference will be given to candidates with excellent academic results in their undergraduate degree and demonstrated 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


Students graduating from this MSc will have the skills and methodological know-how needed to work as analyst/researcher or systematic reviewer in a wide range of settings, including universities, research institutes, governmental agencies, charities, pharmaceutical companies, and other private and public organisations that collect and analysing health-related data. Graduates of this MSc 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:

31 August 2019. We reserve the right to close admissions early to certain markets.

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Contact details

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 1676 Email:

School website: Bristol Medical School
Department website: Population Health Sciences

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REF 2014 results

  • 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.


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