• University of Edinburgh

MSc Epidemiology

Develop expertise in epidemiology and build the data analysis skills you need to understand and tackle infectious diseases. Earn an online master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh to fast-track your career in research and public health.

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  • Level

    Masters Degree
  • Duration

    3-6 Years part-time
  • Language

  • Total Tuition Fee


MSc Epidemiology

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 3-6 Years part-time

  • Total tuition fee


    Understand and improve population health with the University of Edinburgh

    Epidemiology is crucial for understanding and improving population health. It helps to advance medical research, investigate the causes and impacts of diseases, and evaluate the effectiveness of health interventions.

    On this online MSc from the University of Edinburgh, you’ll master the principles and methods of epidemiology. Benefitting from the latest digital learning technology, you’ll develop the statistical and data science skills you need to tackle contemporary health challenges.

    Unlock careers in government and health leadership

    The COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on epidemiology and brought increased recognition of the importance of the discipline. This has opened up a host of new professional opportunities.

    With the skills and expertise you gain over the course of the degree, you’ll be prepared for research, advisory, and leadership roles in health, government, industry, and more.

    What skills will you learn?

    • Data analysis
    • Visualising data
    • Statistics
    • Research methods
    • Critical thinking
    • Health communication
    • Crisis management
    • Problem-solving
    • Health policy design
    • Health leadership

    If you’re interested in developing specialist skills in the field of epidemiology, then this degree is for you. You don't need to have studied epidemiology previously, but you do need to be comfortable with numerical reasoning. You may come from either a clinical or a non-clinical background.

    The official entry requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year are as follows:

    • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in science, medicine, biomedicine, nursing, social science, statistics, or other related discipline.

    English language requirements

    Non-native English speaker will need one the following English language qualifications, at the grades specified:

    • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component.
    • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 23 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
    • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 185 with at least 176 in each component.
    • Trinity ISE: ISE III with passes in all four components.
    • PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 62 in each component.

    This degree is designed to equip you with problem-solving and critical thinking skills, together with personal and intellectual autonomy. As well as gaining expertise in the field of epidemiology, you’ll develop key transferable skills, including collaborative team-working, communication, and research capabilities.

    By the end of the degree, you will:

    • have developed a critical understanding of the principles and practice of epidemiology
    • be able to design research projects and collect data
    • be able to evaluate and interpret epidemiological evidence and communicate this evidence to a range of audiences
    • have acquired skills for working in teams and groups
    • be equipped to move into a range of health science research or allied careers, or progress to further doctoral-level training

    With this diverse skill-set, you’ll be well prepared for careers in multiple sectors, including research, government, NGOs, industry, public health, and a wide range of other areas.

    MSc Epidemiology

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 3-6 Years part-time

  • Total tuition fee


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