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Health and Society: Social Epidemiology MSc

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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
12 September 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

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).

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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, seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits), full-time nine months or part-time two years is offered.

Core Modules

  • Social Epidemiology: Dimensions of Inequality
  • Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • The Social Determinants of Global Health
  • Regression
  • Research Methods for Social Epidemiology
  • Health Inequalities over the Lifecourse

Options

  • Students choose either one of the two following options:
  • Ethnicity, Migration and Health
  • Advanced Statistical Modelling
  • Or any relevant subject module within UCL

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Health and Society: Social Epidemiology MSc

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 285 staff › 176 taught students › 146 research students

Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-09-12

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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