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MSc Epidemiology

Also available by distance learning

Overview
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Academic year 2021/22

All our intensive MSc programmes will offer a mix of online and on campus teaching during the 2021/22 academic year.

This means that each programme will involve an element of module level teaching on campus and students will be required to attend part of the programme in person. Within a programme, some modules may be online only, others may combine online and campus teaching.

The fact that there are likely to be ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions in place means that the proportion of online teaching delivery - provided through a combination of synchronous (live and interactive) and asynchronous (recordings, independent study, individual exercises, etc.) activities - is going to be larger than what can realistically be delivered in person on campus. Please check our Applicants and Offer Holders FAQs.

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The programme

Epidemiology is a key discipline for understanding and improving global health. Epidemiological methods underpin clinical medical research, public health practice and health care evaluation, investigation of the causes of disease, and evaluation of interventions to prevent or control disease. This programme covers both infectious and non-communicable disease epidemiology.

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

Epidemiology

Description

Watch Programme Director, Punam Mangtani, and students talk about the programme.

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MSc Epidemiology - Paulo Pinto
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Paulo Pinto, Brazil
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"A positive surprise was seeing the most distinct teaching staff, those in all reference lists of high impact papers."

Objectives
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By the end of this programme, 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
Structure
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The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Programme and module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.

Structure of the year

Term 1 (September - December) consists of ten teaching weeks for AB1 slot modules, plus one Reading Week* in the middle of the term. Followed by the Winter break.

Term 2 (January - March) consists of a further ten weeks of teaching for C and D slot modules, plus a Reading Week in the middle of the term. C modules are taught in five half-week blocks before Reading Week. D modules are taught in five half-week blocks after Reading Week. Followed by the Spring break.

Term 3 (April - September) consists of five weeks of teaching for E slot modules, taught in half-week blocks, revision time, examinations and the project report.

*Reading Week is a week during term where no formal teaching takes place. It is a time for private study, preparing for assessments or attending study/computer skills workshops. There are two Reading Weeks at LSHTM: one in November and the other in February.

Term 1

All students take the following AB1 compulsory modules:

  • Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology in Practice
  • Extended Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology & -omics
  • Statistics for Epidemiology & Population Health
Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2, E). The list below shows recommended or compulsory modules modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Directors - see module availability chart (2020/21) (xls).

C1 slot

  • Study Design: Writing a Study Proposal (compulsory)

C2 slot

  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (compulsory)

D1 slot

  • Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Modelling & the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Spatial Epidemiology in Public Health

D2 slot

  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

E slot

  • Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
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. This can be a data-analysis of an adequately powered study, a study protocol, a systematic review or an infectious disease modelling study. Students do not usually travel abroad to collect data.

Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year. 

Prize

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.

Changes to the course
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Changes to the programme

LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements
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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.

Admissions FAQs

English Language Requirements 

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band A

Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information

Fees & funding
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Fees 2021/22    
Home Full-time £10,990
  Part-time £5,495
EU/Overseas Full-time £25,410
  Part-time £12,705
Field Trip   £240
Careers
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Graduates from this programme enter medical research, academic medicine, public health and community medicine, epidemiological field studies, drug manufacture and with government or NGOs.

Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered: 
 

Example job titles:

Academic Clinical Fellow
Co-Investigator and Study Co-Ordinator
Consultant (Intensive Care)
Epidemiological Scientist
HIV/STI Surveillance and Prevention Scientist
Malaria Elimination Initiative Manager
Principle Investigator and Research Scientist
Public Policy Specialist
Statistician

Example organisations:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
AstraZeneca
Drug Safety Research Unit
GSK Vaccines
Health Protection Agency
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johnson & Johnson
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Médecins Sans Frontières
Ministry of Health
National Environment Agency
NIMR & Joint Malaria Program
Public Health England
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
University College London (UCL)
World Health Organisation
Medical Research Council

 

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Graduate Careers & Destinations
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Want to read more about our graduate careers and destinations? Take a look at our infographics on our Graduate Careers & Destinations page.

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Jane Ferma, MSc Epidemiology
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Jane, UK

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"The impact LSHTM has made globally is phenomenal. This excited me and gave me the confidence that the support and facilities available would ensure that I succeed and reach my academic potential. I believe studying at LSHTM ensures that I am perfectly equipped to work in the global health field."

How to apply
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Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.

Please also read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.

You can apply for up to two master's. Make sure to list them by order of preference as consideration will be given to your top choice first.

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Application deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.

We strongly advise that you apply early as popular programmes will close earlier than the stated deadline if they become full.

The final closing dates for all taught Master’s applications for entry in the 2021/22 academic year is:

  • Sunday 27 June 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all students requiring a Student visa
  • Sunday 8 August 2021 at 23:59 UK time for all UK, Irish and non-Student visa students

Application fee

A standard application fee of £50 applies to all taught Master’s degree programmes and is payable upon application submission. 

Tuition fee deposit

Applicants are required to respond to their Offer of Admission and pay the £500 deposit within 28 days of receipt, or their place will be released and the offer automatically declined. The deposit is deductible from tuition fees upon full registration with LSHTM.

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Do you need a visa?

Please visit our Visa & Immigration pages for advice and guidance.