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Epidemiology

MSc, PGDip and PGCert

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'.

Course details

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.

See the programme specification for details on the elective module requirements for the PGDip and MSc.

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MSc, PGDip, PGCert and EPM short courses
Application deadline30 September 2019
Registration deadline31 October 2019
Registration deadline for Module EPM30130 September 2019
Registration deadline for Project Module EPM50030 September 2019

These short course 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.

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 two 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 and the University of London Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

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

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.

Assessment

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.

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.

Find equivalent qualifications where you live.

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 2019-2020 session. These may be increased by up to 5 percent per year.

Full course fee 
MSc£13,880
Postgraduate Diploma£11,000
Postgraduate Certificate£8,120
Pay as you go 
Registration fee£ 1,280
Core module£ 1,710
Elective module£ 720
Integrating module£ 1,440
Individual courses (Standalone) 
Total per course£2,080

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Additional Costs

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

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

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.

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.

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

Anne Tholen, Programme Director, joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1999. She previously trained as a nurse before moving into academic research, where her interests have included antenatal screening, ultrasound screening for congenital abnormalities and maternal epilepsy.

Melanie Morris, Programme Content Director, is an epidemiologist and health services researcher whose work focuses on the variations in cancer survival between socio-demographic groups and internationally, often using routinely collected data from cancer registries. She has a broad interest in non-communicable diseases and other chronic conditions, and works with the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions to raise the visibility of the work done on these areas within LSHTM.

Patrick Nguipdop Djomo, Deputy 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.

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

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.

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Christine Blaser, MSc Epidemiology, Canada

Christine Blaser - Epidemiology Canada

"The programme offered an intellectual challenge. A balance between textbook knowledge and a thorough practice of analytical and methodical skills."