Research course (will run subject to approval)

Population Health Sciences

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

MScR: A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. PhD: A UK masters degree with a mark of at least 60%, or its international equivalent.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, October, September, April

Course content

The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics supervises postgraduate research students in a wide range of population health disciplines, including epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, health promotion, health services research, medical statistics, molecular epidemiology and sociology and on a wide range of topics including allergic and respiratory disease, clinical trial and statistics methodology, eHealth, ethnicity and health, genetic epidemiology of complex diseases, global health, palliative care and cancer, society and health and families and relationships.

A principal aim is to foster interdisciplinary research involving quantitative and qualitative approaches via effective collaboration with biomedical scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists and clinical researchers throughout the University and beyond.

Prospective students are encouraged to align their research proposal with one of the Institute's main areas of research and with the research interests of academic members of staff who may act as first supervisors.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit:

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator, Sebastien Georges
+44 (0)131 651 5446