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Non-residential Summer School on the Social Determinants of Health

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MSc / Diploma Health and Society: Social Epidemiology

Find out more about our new MSc studentship by clicking HERE

Wentian Lu

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 2015 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. Applicants with a conditional offer can apply for the Studentship but must receive an unconditional offer before the end of July 2015 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 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 2015-2016.

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 Poole (

Studentship Application deadline:

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 10 July 2015.

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 15th July 2015. 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

Further information on the MSc courses can be found at:

MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology

MSc Dental Public Health

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

Emily Poole

MSc course administrator


340 £10,000 bursaries available for Master’s study at UCL. Find out more...

UCL has been awarded around 340 bursaries of £10,000 each as part of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s 2015 Postgraduate Support Scheme

The aim of this scheme is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification and is funded jointly by HEFCE and UCL.

This is a one-off opportunity for UK/EU students graduating in summer 2015, having been charged the higher rate of tuition fees starting in 2012/13, and applying to study a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2015. 

The scheme covers all full taught Master's programmes offered at UCL – you can find a list of taught programmes on the Graduate Prospectus website.

To be eligible to apply for an award, candidates must meet all the eligibility criteria and apply by the deadline of 29 March 2015. A full list of eligibility criteria, as well as application materials and more information, can be found on the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

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

  • 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?
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