Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree


MSc, PGDip and PGCert

Available to study anywhere in the world

The MSc in Epidemiology will equip you with the knowledge and statistical skills required to make valuable contributions to medical research as well as public health. You will learn how to apply epidemiological methods to investigate the causes of disease and evaluate the impact of interventions for treating and preventing ill health.

The MSc, PGDip and PGCert programmes will suit professionals seeking epidemiology training for a career in research, academic departments or health services. They are also suited to those who require an understanding of epidemiology, such as medical journalists or scientific officers.

Anne and her daughter at Graduation 2018
"The University provides excellent online discussion forums where you can ask questions, and bounce ideas, and brainstorm with fellow students."

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

For the MSc: You complete 4 compulsory core modules, 2 additional compulsory modules, 3 elective modules, a project report, and a final additional examination paper.
For the Postgraduate Diploma: You complete  4 compulsory core modules, 2 additional compulsory modules, 2 elective modules
For the Postgraduate Certificate: You complete 4 compulsory core modules.

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Key dates

MSc, PGDip, PGCert and EPM individual modules
Application deadline 30 September 2020
Registration deadline (new students) 31 October 2020
Registration deadline (continuing students) 31 October 2020
Application deadline Individual modules: EPM (not EPM301), GHM, IDM, PHM 31 August 2020
Registration deadline Individual modules: EPM (not EPM301), GHM, IDM, PHM 31 October 2020
Programme starts October 2020

These individual module dates do not include Clinical Trials (CTM) modules.

Please note: If you register after 30 September, this is not permitted as a valid extenuating circumstance for an extension to assignment deadlines.

How you study

The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to certain deadlines), using the study materials provided and with support available from academic staff.

Study materials

Your study materials are primarily provided online and are in the form of interactive computer sessions, while two modules use a study guide.

Materials may also include readings and textbooks, additional computer software (e.g. Stata) and past examination papers.

Your study materials are available in October (for all EPM modules except EPM105 and EPM201).

The study materials for the modules EPM105and EPM201 are made available in January each year.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your University of London Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
  • The LSHTM library resources
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Teaching staff facilitate and moderate online discussions, respond to academic enquiries, and provide personalised feedback and advice on assignments.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Time commitment

You should expect to study for 15–25 hours per week throughout the study year if you wish to complete your qualification in the minimum time allowed (one year for the Postgraduate Certificate, two years for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc). Most students take between three and five years to complete the MSc.


This varies from module to module but will include either an unseen written examination or written assignments, or a combination of the two. More details can be found on individual module pages.

Exams are held in June each year. You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world (mainly Ministries of Education or the British Council). Each centre charges a fee for hosting exams.

More about exams.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

You will need the equivalent of a UK first or second-class honours degree in a health-related discipline, statistics, or another appropriate subject, from an acceptable institution.

If you have an appropriate professional or technical qualification in a health-related field plus three years' relevant experience, we can consider this on an individual basis.

If you do not meet the above criteria, we can still consider your application based on your qualifications, experience and references.

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English Language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with 6.5 in the written test and 5.5 in listening, reading and speaking.
  • TOEFL iBT: 100 overall, with 24+ in writing, 23+ in speaking, 22+ in reading and 21+ in listening.
  • Pearson Test (Academic): 68 overall, with 62+ in writing and 59+ in listening, reading and speaking.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: 185 overall, with 176+ in writing and 169+ in listening.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

If you do not meet these requirements but believe you can meet the standard, we may also consider your application.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

View the Programme Specification to see the computer requirements for this programme.


The fees below apply if you begin during the 2020-2021 session. These may be increased by up to 5 percent per year.

Full programme fee
MSc £14520
Postgraduate Diploma £11500
Postgraduate Certificate £8500
Pay as you go  
Registration fee £ 1340
Core module £ 1790
Elective module £ 750
Individual modules (Standalone)  
Total per module £2180


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More about programme fees.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on GST.

Career opportunities

This programme is relevant for anyone planning a career in epidemiological research, public health and community medicine, epidemiological field studies, disease surveillance units, drug/vaccine manufacturers, or disease control in governmental, NGOs or donor institutions.

It should also interest anyone who requires an understanding of epidemiology, such as medical journalists or scientific officers in government and industry.

"During the five years of distance learning, I have moved country three times for my work. I enjoyed studying with students of different background from all over the world through the online portal, group work and study teams."

Rinko Kinoshita, Japan

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Academic leadership

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has an international presence, and is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. It was crowned University of the Year in 2016 by Times Higher Education for its extraordinary response to the Ebola crisis.

The Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health (EPH) houses the largest group of epidemiologists, statisticians and medical demographers in Europe. It also houses nutritionists, social scientists and public health practitioners, all working on the diseases of major health importance in both industrialised and developing nations.

Academic leaders

Dr Sarah Cook Co-Programme Director, is an epidemiologist with a broad interest in non-communicable disease. Her work focuses particularly on alcohol use and its relationship to physical and mental health.

Dr Patrick Nguipdop Djomo, Co-Programme Director, is a clinical epidemiologist with broad interests in infectious diseases. His current fields of research include vaccines and vaccine-preventable infections, including tuberculosis, as well as zoonotic diseases at the human - animal - ecosystem interface in low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Sujit D Rathod, Programme Content Director, is an epidemiologist who joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2012. His research work has encompassed a variety of areas, including depression, alcohol use, reproductive tract infections, intimate partner violence and HIV. His current research project concerns health care use by people who are homeless in London. 

Funding your study

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?

Free online courses

Free online courses

The School offers several free online courses on a wide range of health topics. These provide a great insight into the independent learning experience.

See a full list.

Free taster materials

Open days

The School holds regular open days in London. You can come and meet staff and students and receive a tour of the School.

Find the next open day

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Christine Blaser, MSc Epidemiology, Canada