Health and Society: Social Epidemiology MSc
Options: PG Diploma
Social inequalities in health relating to poverty and absolute and relative deprivation are major themes in research and policy debates in both developed and developing countries. This unique MSc is designed to respond to the need for trained researchers, health professionals and policy makers in the field of Social Epidemiology.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Flexible 2-5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 12 September 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students gain knowledge of the various approaches to social epidemiology, and develop relevant skills in study design and data analysis, exploring the link between social environment and health, alongside a broad perspective on the social determinants of health and an ability to advocate research and policy measures in the field.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL is one of the world's pioneering universities with a reputation for high quality research. Located in the heart of London it is a stimulating and exciting environment in which to study.
Epidemiology and Public Health is a friendly, thriving multidisciplinary department. Staff, specialising in biology, dentistry, economics, epidemiology, medicine, psychology, public health, statistics and sociology, aim to develop a better understanding of health and prevention of ill health through vigorous research at a global, national and local level.
This knowledge is applied via teaching, contributions to national and international health policy and contributions to the wider public understanding on health.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven compulsory modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or part-time two years) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project relevant to the broad area of social influences on health, which culminates in a dissertation of a maximum of 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, problem solving exercises, discussions, and supervised practical work. Students are encouraged to develop research and presentation skills, and are instructed in the preparation of scientific papers. Assessment is through course work, essays, presentations, data analysis and grant proposal exercises, and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants must be confident using computers and show evidence of numeracy (e.g. O level/GCSE Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their degree).
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 12 September 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme equips doctors, public health professionals, social scientists, biologists and statisticians with the skills necessary to enter academic research, to work in public health practice, and to contribute to the development of policy measures services aiming to alleviate the burden of ill health caused by poverty, inequalities and deprivation.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Social Epidemiology at graduate level
- why you want to study Social Epidemiology at UCL
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The next generation of social epidemiologists, public health policy-makers and PhD students/researchers will find this innovative 12 month programme beneficial.
Recent first destinations for graduates of the programme include:
- Department of Communities and Local Government: Statistical Officer
- Newham Primary Care Trust: Public Health Associate
- NHS Trust: Public Programme Manager
- Big Brothers of Massachusetts: Youth Mentor
- UCL: Clinical Research MD (Res)
- UCL: Research Assistant
- LSHTM: Research Assistant
- UCL: Epidemiology PhD
- Harvard University: Epidemiology PhD
"UCL is highly central and a focus for other academics. Close collaboration across the three main universities with medical schools is excellent and London is a destination for many international visitors, which increases the sense of academic community in my discipline."
Professor Neil Marlow
Professor of Neonatal Medicine
Subject: Women's Health, Faculty: Population Health Sciences
"UCL has given me opportunities to network inside and outside my studies, and organises events with other neighbouring universities like Birkbeck and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine."
Subject: Global Health (Institute for), Faculty: Population Health Sciences