Research course

Epidemiology and Population Health

University of Liverpool

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MPhil must normally be a graduate in science, veterinary science or another appropriate subject. For a PhD, it is usual for the University to insist on an initial registration for the degree of MPhil for the first year of your study and then to upgrade your studies to PhD level if you are progressing satisfactorily. The programme of research takes at least two years full-time (usually three years) or at least four years part-time, although special permission may be given to undertake one year outside the University. Normally, a full-time PhD programme involves three-four years study.

Months of entry


Course content

Epidemiology is the study of health and disease conditions in defined populations of humans and animals. Epidemiology is essential for understanding how diseases emerge and spread, and for the development of effective control methods. In IGH we study the epidemiology of a range of infectious and non-infectious diseases of people and animals, including zoonotic diseases.

Subject Overview

Epidemiological research in humans includes clinical and molecular epidemiological studies of a range of gastrointestinal, respiratory, vector-borne and sexually-transmitted infections of adults and children in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Epidemiological research in animals takes place predominantly at the Leahurst campus, where multidisciplinary staff, including clinically-qualified veterinary and medical researchers, statisticians, mathematicians and basic scientists, work together to address a range of issues. These include the epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens; the spread of antimicrobial resistance; understanding human behaviour as a driver of disease transmission; disease prevention and improving health and welfare in farmed and companion animals; and the influence of the environment and climate on the transmission of disease.

Available programmes for epidemiological research are:

  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Veterinary Epidemiology

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927