Research course

Epidemiology and Public Health

UCL - University College London · Epidemiology and Public Health

Entry requirements

A Master’s degree (preferably with a merit or distinction) in a relevant discipline from a UK university and a good Bachelor’s degree (First or Upper Second) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry


Course content

We are a friendly, thriving, multidisciplinary research department located in Central London. We work to further understand the factors that influence population health through vigorous research and the development of research methodology. Much of the work of the department focuses on health inequalities and the social determinants of health over the life course, ranging from childhood to old age.

This MPhil/PhD programme, within the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, provides students with an opportunity to develop their research skills within a research department which is internationally recognised as a world leader in social epidemiology and population health. The UK is widely recognised as a world-leader in large, longitudinal cohort and panel studies, many of which are housed within our research departments. Students are supported by supervisory panels of truly multidisciplinary staff, as well as student mentors, and two departmental graduate tutors, and they are encouraged to participate in our annual student-led conference, student poster competition and seminars.

Department specialisms

Health inequalities Life course influences and healthy ageing Quantitative research methods and medical and social statistics Psychobiology Dental public health Health behaviour research

Information for international students


Fees and funding

ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, European Union and British Heart Foundation studentships have been secured in prior years. Prospective research students should contact academic departments and research groups to enquire about further funded opportunities.

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mr Andreas Opitz
+44 (0)20 3108 2097
020 7679 3001