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MSc Epidemiology


This course equips students with the knowledge and statistical skills to make valuable contributions to medical research as well as public health in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Epidemiological methods underpin clinical medical research, public health practice and health care evaluation to investigate the causes of disease and to evaluate interventions to prevent or control disease.

Graduates enter careers in medical research, public health and community medicine, epidemiological field studies, drug manufacturers, government or NGOs.

The Nand Lal Bajaj and Savitri Devi Prize is awarded to the best project each year. The prize was donated by Dr Subhash Chandra Arya, former student, in honour of his parents Dr Nand Lal Bajaj and Mrs Savitri Devi.

Duration: one year full time; part-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.


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By the end of this course, students should be able 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 (their own or other investigators'), including critical appraisal of the study question, study design, methods and conduct, statistical analyses and interpretation


Term 1

All students take the compulsory modules and usually take optional modules.

Compulsory modules are:

  • Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology in Practice
  • Extended Epidemiology
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health .

Optional modules include:

  • Demographic Methods
  • Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.).

*Recommended modules

Slot 1

  • Study Design: Writing a Proposal (compulsory)

Slot 2

  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (compulsory)

Slot 3

  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases*
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health*
  • Social Epidemiology*
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health*
  • Applied Communicable Disease Control
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health; Nutrition in Emergencies
  • Tropical Environmental Health

Slot 4

  • Environmental Epidemiology*
  • Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases*
  • Genetic Epidemiology*
  • Design and Evaluation of Mental Health Programmes
  • Ethics, Public Health & Human Rights; Globalisation & Health; Nutrition Related Chronic Disease

Slot 5

  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology*
  • AIDS
  • Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
  • Integrated Vector Management
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health

Further details for the course modules

Residential Field Trip

This course has a compulsory two-day residential retreat outside London. This is held on the Wednesday and Thursday of the first week in Term 1. This is included in the £180 field trip fee.

Day field trip to Oxford

A one-day field trip to Oxford usually takes place in November during reading week. Students are encouraged to attend but it is not a compulsory part of the course.

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a written research project on a topic selected in consultation with their tutor, for submission by early September.

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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Fees and funding

Fees 2016/2017
Home Full-time £8,700
  Part-time / Split-study £4,350
Overseas Full-time £20,450
  Part-time / Split-study £10,225

Scholarships and funding opportunities

How to apply

Application for London-based Study

Applications should be made online. Paper application forms are available upon request and will normally incur an administration fee of £50. You must send a copy of the personal details and photograph page of your passport with all paper applications. Your application will not be considered until you have provided the above documents.

Applicants wishing to be considered for School scholarships should apply as early as possible. Deadlines for scholarship applications appear on the Master's funding page. Course applications will be considered until all places on the course have been filled. Notification of when a course is closed will appear on the relevant course page. All applicants should be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year.

Students interested in part-time or split-study should contact the Course Directors, via the Registry, to discuss course requirements and likely timetables, and should read the Master's degree information.

Admission status


Course Directors

  • Dr Punam Mangtani
  • Dr Dorothea Nitsch
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