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.

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 and recommend a commitment of 10-15 hours of online learning per week.

Courses run during five-week (or occasionally 10-week) blocks, but there are no specific times that you have to attend class, which makes this programme ideal for those with commitments they need to work around.

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:

  • Advanced Epidemiology
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Introduction to Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • Data Visualisation: knowledge transfer
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Introduction to Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Migration & Health
  • Non-communicable Diseases in a Global Context
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Python Programming for Health & Social Care

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

More information about our Year 2 courses

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.

More information about the Year 3 dissertation