Our online programme
The MSc Epidemiology programme aims to equip students with the theoretical understanding and practical skills to interpret evidence and conduct research in epidemiology
This is a part-time online programme taught over 3 years. The programme is 100% online. We estimate you will need to commit to 10-15 study hours per week.
Epidemiology is the foundational discipline for understanding and improving population health. There is increasing recognition of the important role of epidemiology, which has accelerated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our online programme will help prepare you to take on leading roles in epidemiology, by developing the skills you will need to address contemporary population health problems. It will allow you to benefit from a strong focus on research and inter-disciplinary opportunities. In an era of data-intensive research and data-driven innovation, this will help position you at the forefront of this exciting and evolving field.
The world needs more epidemiologists. Not just to help us understand and address the current Covid-19 pandemic but future outbreaks of diseases, and their causes and consequences
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For this online programme you can choose to complete:
- a one year postgraduate certificate - 60 credits
- a two year postgraduate diploma - total 120 credits
- three years of study to receive a Master’s degree - total 180 credits
We offer part-time study options for all of these awards.
The programme is taught fully online, with a study commitment of 10-15 hours per week.
Courses run during five-week (or occasionally 10-week) blocks, but there are no specific times that you have to attend class.
Our programme is 100% online. You can join from anywhere in the world so long as you have access to the internet. You will not need to visit Edinburgh in person at any time during your study with us.
You will have access to the University of Edinburgh library and all our student support systems.
Our online students work on a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Blackboard LEARN. Technical support is available 24 hours a day. On this platform you will access course content, reading lists and discussion fora with your fellow students, and you will interact with the programme teaching and administration teams. You will upload your assignments here and receive marks and feedback.
Do I have to commit to the full three years right from the start?
No - You can exit at the end of years 1 or 2 if you no longer wish to progress to the full Masters. Provided you have successfully completed all the courses you can graduate with a Certificate or a Diploma.
What if I sign up for the Certificate but want to continue?
If you have successfully gained the required credits it is very easy to progress to the next year. Just get in touch with the team.
What happens if I need take a break for unforeseen reasons?
You can take up to 24 months to complete each year of study. You have the option to interrupt or extend your period of study. It is vital that you Contact the team as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
Do I need to pay for the whole course upfront?
The University offers different options for payment of fees. Find out more about options for continuous or intermittent study
All questions to do with fee payment must be directed to the Finance Helpline. The Programme Team is not in a position to discuss fee payment options with students. Go to our Fees and Funding page for more information.
What if I can't complete the programme?
If you are only able to complete some of the courses, any credits you have gained will be kept on your record. These may be used later if you want to return to study with the University of Edinburgh, or may be considered by other institutions as 'recognition of prior learning'.
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Online learning open days
We invite you to meet the cross-talented team behind the new programme at the online open day on 26 May 2021 between 10-11 AM (BST) or between 4-5 PM (BST). Reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and the team will get in touch when registration opens up.
Even though you are not on campus in Edinburgh, there are lots of ways in which you can take part in student life and enjoy being part of our community.
See the Online Students website for a taste of what is on offer to our global students.
We organize many welcome events for when you join our university and our programme of study. Explore the range of resources, communities and information before you join us.
As an online student you will have remote access to one of the world’s biggest online libraries.
Institute of Academic Development (IAD)
The IAD helps and supports postgraduate students to succeed in their studies through delivery of online study skills workshops, self-study learning resources and general study advice. They also provide support, advice and tools to help with career development. Our programme works with the IAD to ensure maximum use of resources and the organisation of bespoke training tailored to student needs.
Feeling part of a community is really important to everyone at the University of Edinburgh.
Platform One is a meeting place, a community place and a discussion place. It is where the University of Edinburgh students, staff, alumni and volunteers can gather, inspire, support, encourage and share. Join our community and contribute to a university wide network.
Mental health and wellbeing
Student wellbeing is a priority and whilst you study with us you will be able to access many resources to help you with your mental health and wellbeing. There are plenty of resources within our School and the University to provide support for students.
Postgraduate students: The Wellbeing Thesis
The Wellbeing Thesis is an online resource for postgraduate research students, supporting their wellbeing, learning and research. It includes advice, media resources and downloadable action plans. It is designed to support students through every stage of their postgraduate student journey.
Effective student representation is a vital part of our teaching and learning to enhance the student experience. A programme student representative will be elected and will communicate regularly with teaching programme about any student concerns. A staff student liaison committee (SSLC) will be held each semester to discuss student feedback. The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss issues and good practice, but also to review feedback and work with students to monitor and improve the programme delivery and teaching content, as required. The student will set the agenda and chair the SSLC meetings.
Usher Institute postgraduate e-journal club
The Usher postgraduate hub is launching a student-led online journal club for all students across all online programmes. The e-journal club will be an opportunity to consider and critique academic studies from a range of different academic disciplines (public health, family medicine, clinical trials, global health and data science). You will be able to access this resource when you become a student on our programme.