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This page provides an introduction to the MPhil course in Epidemiology.
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to control and prevent health problems at the population level.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Epidemiology degree course at Cambridge is a one year full-time Master’s degree. This is a demanding course designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to critique, design and conduct human population based research, including observational studies and randomised controlled trials. Students will gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of epidemiological principles and procedures, and their application to health, including advanced training in biostatistics and statistical analysis of epidemiological data, critical appraisal and study design.
At the end of the course, students should expect to have gained the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically appraise and evaluate the design, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological studies
- Describe and discuss the role and contribution of epidemiology to health
- Select, devise and develop appropriate study designs for epidemiological research
- Conduct appropriate statistical analyses of epidemiological data.
1) Is this course for you?
The course is open to medical and non-medical graduates. Applications for this course are highly competitive. Please note that non-medical applicants usually have degrees in a quantitative or biomedical science, although other relevant experience will also be considered. We expect at least a 2.i honours degree or equivalent with two outstanding references from senior staff at your most recent University. In practice, most successful applicants have gained a first class honours degree, or equivalent.
We also require all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level (see more on this).
We will consider applications from:
- Graduate students who wish to gain an advanced understanding of epidemiological and statistical principles to underpin future research studies
- Individuals who aspire to continue to PhD study in Epidemiology and who have research or professional interests aligned with the research areas at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health
- Public health and other professionals who wish to gain a fuller understanding of epidemiology and advanced biostatistics.
2) What is this course like?
This is a full-time, demanding course with around 24 hours of compulsory contact time equivalent to four full teaching days each week and a substantial amount of self-directed study. Students benefit from small class sizes and a variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. The level moves from basic to advanced epidemiology and biostatistics within the three terms.
3) Research environment for this course
The MPhil is offered by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Teaching is based at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, at the heart of one of the leading biomedical centres in the world, the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. See more about the research environment.
4) Course Content
More about the course and a term-by-term outline of the syllabus is provided here.
5) Fees and funding
Information on fees and funding sources is provided here by the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions office.
- About the University of Cambridge application fee
- About funding opportunities at Cambridge
- About external sources of funding: try this overview and this page on funding for postgraduate study
- About Government-backed postgraduate loans.
The University’s Graduate Admissions website provides a full range of useful information including an explanation of the University’s college system and about accommodation here in Cambridge.
Two departmental studentships are available covering 50% of the University fees and maintenance at the rate of a UK/EU applicant for students without funding from other sources.
Information on the application process for the MPhil course is provided here by the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions office. Applications for the academic year 2020/21 will open on 1 September 2019.
The MPhil in Epidemiology provides an excellent transition to full-scale PhD research or clinical research leading to the MD degree. It introduces and develops key skills and specialist knowledge for those wishing to pursue a career in epidemiology and related fields. The MPhil is also an invaluable introduction to the preparation of a research thesis.
If you can’t find the information you need on this site, or by following the links we have provided, specific queries about this MPhil in Epidemiology should be addressed to our team.
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