Research course

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

University of Birmingham · School of Health and Population Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

You will need an Honours degree (normally a first or 2:1) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or an alternative qualification(s) and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of your potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme. If your first language is not English you will need to demonstrate that you have a high level of written and spoken English. See ‘What are the English Language requirements’ for more details. If you have a 2:2 undergraduate degree or equivalent, you may be considered for entry onto the PhD programme if you also hold a good Masters degree (at merit or distinction).

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Unit of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics is home to a wide range of academic public health activities, including:

  • Epidemiological and health services research
  • Public health resource development
  • Health technology assessment
  • Postgraduate taught courses
  • Research opportunities and undergraduate medical education

Our main research programmes are in the areas of:

The epidemiology of maternal and child health, cancer, genetics, health behaviour, and respiratory and communicable disease
Health services research in health care evaluation, evidence-based practice, health care quality, health impact assessment
Clinical trials, Biostatistics and other research methodology.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 60% of our submission in the area of Epidemiology and Public Health was considered internationally excellent or world leading, highlighting the substantial strength in this area within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

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Fees and funding

UK students
PhD/MSc by Research: £4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
PhD: £13,680 FT / MSc by research: £17,910 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005