Masters | Postgraduate Course - Epidemiology MSc Course Details within London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

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Programme directors: Simon Cousens, Dr Ian Douglas
Epidemiology MSc

Study Details

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


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

For the most up-to-date programme information and entry requirements visit the programme page.

Module details

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.

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to the programme. Additionally students will need to show evidence of advance numeracy skills as there is a substantive statistical component. Experience in a health-related field is desirable. 

Student Destinations

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