Taught course


University of Cambridge · Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent. All applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions).

Months of entry


Course content


Epidemiology is 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. Recognition of the importance of these study areas has led to an increasing demand for professionals with formal training in epidemiology.

This full-time course is designed to provide successful students with the necessary knowledge and specialist skills to be able to design, conduct, critique and apply epidemiological research in either a service or an academic setting.

The course is open to medical and non-medical graduates and is aimed at:

  • Graduate students who wish to pursue a career in epidemiological research
  • Graduate students who wish to gain an advanced understanding of epidemiological and statistical principles to underpin future research interests.
  • Public health professionals who wish to gain a fuller understanding of epidemiology and its application to public health in practice

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used during the course including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. The level moves from basic to advanced epidemiology within the three terms.

Fees and funding

Fee Home: GBP9468, EU: GBP9468, Overseas: GBP23808

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months



A thesis not exceeding 20,000 words in length is required and is completed in the Easter Term.


Two essays, each not exceeding 3,000 words in length are required.


Two written papers, each of which may cover all the areas of study prescribed in the syllabus, are taken in the Easter Term.

Other Assessment

Term 1 – Informal Epidemiology Assessment

Term 2 – Informal Biostatistical Assessment

Written papers, both of 1.5 hours duration

The full-time components of the course are completed by the end of July. However, to complete the course, students will be required to attend a viva in person on a date to be set in August or early September.

Course contact details

+44 1223 337733