Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Flexible: 2-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT)
- £23,020 (FT)
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.
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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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.
- Social Epidemiology: Dimensions of Inequality
- Basic Statistics for Medical Sciences
- The Social Determinants of Global Health
- Research Methods for Social Epidemiology
- Health Inequalities over the Lifecourse
- Students choose either one of the two following options:
- Ethnicity, Migration and Health
- Advanced Statistical Modelling
- Or any relevant subject module within UCL
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.
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 › 335 staff › 91 taught students › 153 research students
Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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