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MSc Epidemiology

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Masters / PG
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1 Year
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29700 GBP
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School of Public Health
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IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

This course offers training in the methodology, design, conduct and interpretation of epidemiological studies on chronic and infectious diseases.

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution of diseases in populations and their underlying causes, and its application to disease prevention and control.

The MSc in Epidemiology offers training in the methodology, design, conduct and interpretation of epidemiological studies on chronic and infectious diseases. It is particularly suitable for students who wish to acquire skills in epidemiology and biostatistics, and to get involved with research projects.

In the first term, all students follow a common core pathway covering epidemiological methods, biostatistics, and infectious and chronic disease epidemiology.

In the second term, you either continue your studies in a common pathway or follow a specialised stream inBiostatistics, Environmental and Chronic Disease Epidemiology, or Infectious Disease Epidemiology.

The third term consists of a research project.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in mathematics or statistics, medicine (human and veterinary) or biological sciences.

International qualifications
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

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Course Modules

Term 1
Term 1 aims to provide you with a strong understanding of the core concepts and methods of epidemiology and statistics and skills required to successfully complete Term 2 and 3.

All MSc in Epidemiology students follow a core pathway of teaching that draws directly on the research within the Departments of EBS and IDE at St Mary’s Campus. There is a common core of epidemiology and statistics shared with students taking the Master of Public Health.

Running in parallel to the 10-day ‘Introduction to Statistical Thinking and Data Analysis, ‘Principles and Methods of Epidemiology’ and ‘Infectious Disease Modelling’ modules are two additional 5-day epidemiology modules dedicated to the specific core topic areas of ‘Infectious Disease Epidemiology’ and ‘Chronic Disease Epidemiology'.

Statistics, epidemiology and modelling modules consist of lectures, practicals in which you will be asked to do calculations by hand; critically interpret data; critique research findings, designs or papers; computer practical sessions using STATA, Excel or Berkeley Madonna software; discussion groups; independent learning activities and self-study.  Formative assessments, which give you insight in your progress, are part of several modules.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Statistical Thinking and Data Analysis
  • Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Modelling
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Term 2
Term 2 modules aim to reflect areas of emerging research as well as providing extended tutoring in core epidemiological and statistical concepts and skills, building upon the knowledge, insight and skills gained in Term 1.

The programme allows students to select modules and to follow a particular degree pathway if they wish. Students who wish to pursue a particular pathway must study the specialised module options within their chosen pathway:

Statistics modules (all modules are accompanied by practical sessions where students analyse data using R or Winbugs):

  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Advanced Topics in Biostatistics

Environmental and chronic disease modules:

  • Advanced Topics in Biostatistics
  • Social epidemiology

 Infectious disease epidemiology modules:

  • Epidemiology and control of Vector-borne and Helminth Infections
  • Further Infectious Disease Modelling
  • Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Pathogens

There is a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. All students will continue their training in statistics by studying the compulsory modules ‘Advanced Regression (with R)’ and ‘Introduction to Bayesian Analysis’.

You also study ‘Exposure Assessment’, which focuses on the assessment of environmental exposures and sources of environmental pollution. ‘Molecular epidemiology’ will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the core concepts of molecular epidemiology and the application of molecular epidemiologic findings to public health and translational medicine, which is an emerging field. This module also focuses on biomarkers.

As in Term 1, practicals and independent study complement the lectures, which can all take different forms. Formative assessments are part of several modules.

Compulsory modules include

  • Advanced regression
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Bayesian Analysis
  • Investigation of Outbreaks

Optional modules include:

  • Social Epidemiology
  • Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Pathogens
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology and Control of Vector-borne and Helminth Infections
  • Advanced topics of Biostatistics

Term 3
In Term 3, individual research projects are carried out under supervision. If you wish to follow a particular degree pathway, you must also take the research project within the pathway subject area.

It is possible that the projects may be carried out in collaboration with other universities and research institutions, but this is not common and not always recommended. Projects are expected to take 4 months of full-time study, with one (or more) member(s) of Imperial College academic staff assigned to advise and monitor students.  There may also be external supervisors.

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How to Apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

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