MSc Epidemiology

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

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This is a part-time programme taught over three 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

Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health, Usher Institute 

Go to the degree finder page for more information and to apply


Would I recommend the program to others? Absolutely, 100%. I'd recommend the program, because it's incredibly well put together. I have studied previous courses online in the past, and this one really has been put together with a distance learning student in mind.

Tony Little, Current Student

 Watch this short video to learn more about our programme through the experiences of Tony Little.

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How you will study with us

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. 

Information on technical requirements for online study

Semester dates


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If you have any questions about this programme, please email or if you want to read more details about the programme and start an application, please visit our degree finder page.

Link to MSc Epidemiology application page

Global Health Academy

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

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