MSc Epidemiology

Our programme structure

Detailed information on the structure of the programme including compulsory and elective courses

The MSc Epidemiology is a three year part-time Masters course from the University of Edinburgh. It is 100% online and carries the same weight as our on-campus Masters courses.


Year 1

Certificate in Epidemiology

You will take five core courses:

  • Introduction to Epidemiology & Statistics
  • Data Analysis with R
  • Intermediate Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology for Public Health Practice
  • Statistical Modelling for Epidemiology

More information about our core courses

Year 2

Diploma in Epidemiology

You will take two new core courses:

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Research Design for Epidemiology

In the second half of the year, you will choose four elective courses from a diverse range of optional courses offered by the Epidemiology programme and other programmes within and outside the Usher Institute. These options include:

  • Introduction to Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology
  • Global Health Epidemiology
  • Advanced Statistics for Epidemiology
  • Global Burden of Mental Illness
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Non-communicable Diseases in a Global Context
  • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology

You will also have other relevant course options from Masters’ programmes in areas such as:

  • Clinical Trials Clinical Trials (Online Learning)
  • Data Science for Health and Social Care
  • Public Health

Year 3

MSc Epidemiology

You will be supported to undertake a dissertation research project.

All practical analytical learning is underpinned by training in R software, the primary statistical software used in epidemiological research.