Summer School

Non-residential Summer School on the Social Determinants of Health

Monday 14th July - Friday 18th July 2014

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MSc / Diploma Health and Society: Social Epidemiology

Qualifications for those working to improve the population's health and well-being through the understanding and application of social epidemiology.

These new Health and Society: Social Epidemiology MSc / Diploma programmes are our response to the need for trained researchers, health professionals and policy makers who are able to answer competently such questions as:

  • Why are some people healthier than others even though we have free national health care?
  • How does stress at work affect the physical health of an employee?
  • Will the current population have a better experience of ageing than/previous generations?
  • Why is social status so strongly linked to health?
  • Why does life expectancy vary according to income inequality in rich countries?
  • Does economic growth produce greater well-being?
  • How important is the area of residence for the health of its community?

Find out more about our new MSc studentship by clicking HERE

The UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is offering two one-year Studentships for full-time students undertaking the MSc in Health and Society: Social Epidemiology (The Michael Marmot UCL Studentship in Social Epidemiology) and Dental Public Health (The Aubrey Sheiham UCL Studentship in Dental Public Health). The awards will start in October 2014 and the Studentships will consist of £2,500 towards tuition fees. The recipients will be expected to secure the remaining part of their tuition fees and to cover their living costs.

Eligibility requirements

Candidates can be from any country but must be intending to pursue the full-time UCL MSc in Health and Society: Social Epidemiology or Dental Public Health; and by the deadline for the Studentship application they must have received an unconditional offer of admission for the respective course. The applicants with a conditional offer can apply for the Studentship but must receive an unconditional offer before the end of July 2014 to be eligible for the Studentship.

Selection criteria

Awards will be made on the basis of experience, qualifications and future academic potential assessed by curriculum vitae and through Skype interview. Shortlisted candidates will be also asked to write a 2000-word essay on a pre-defined public health topic. The Studentships will be awarded upon the recommendation of an academic selection panel chaired by Head of Department, Professor Richard Watt.

Value and duration

The value of each award is £2,500. Awards are tenable for one year of full-time study only for the session 2014-2015.

Terms and conditions of the award

  • The Studentship may be held alongside other scholarships, studentships, awards or bursaries.
  • The Studentship cannot be transferred to another institution, nor deferred to a later year.
  • The Studentship will go towards the recipient’s tuition fees; any remaining tuition fees will be payable by the recipient.
  • The Studentship payments will only be made if the recipient is fully enrolled in the above mentioned MSc courses at UCL.
  • All awards are subject to the provisions of the General Regulations for Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries, Prizes and medals.

Application procedure:

Eligible candidates must submit a copy of their UCL offer, CV and supporting statement to Emily Skinner (

Studentship Application deadline:

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 30 June 2014.

Applications will be reviewed by the academic selection panel and shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview and will be given a topic for the essay.

Important notes

Studentship applicants without an admissions offer at the time of the studentship deadline will be excluded from the application process at this point. It is for this reason that we recommend you apply for admission as early as possible.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Your Studentship application must be complete to be valid. We will not inform you whether your application has been received or whether it is complete, nor contact you for missing documents. Incomplete applications are invalid and will not be processed.

Notification of results

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Those shortlisted will be notified by email not later than 10th July 2014. It is expected that the whole selection process will be completed by the end of July.  

Successful and reserve candidates will be notified either in writing or by email thereafter.

Further information

You can download an electronic copy of the above infomration by clicking here.

For general enquiries regarding admissions, application forms, and registration for both MSc courses please contact:

Emily Skinner

MSc course administrator


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