The aim of our MPhil/PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health is to equip the next generation of epidemiologists with the tools to further scientific knowledge about the determinants of population health. You will be supported to learn new skills and broaden your professional networks by multi-disciplinary teams of world-leading academics.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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A Master’s degree (preferably with a merit or distinction) in a relevant discipline from a UK university and a good Bachelor’s degree (first or upper-second class) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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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The Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care brings together four research departments whose interests span the life course from childhood to old age, and research from the origins of disease to the development of innovative interventions. The diversity of expertise in the institute ensures that it provides a vibrant environment in which to develop skills, supporting careers in a wide range of national and international settings. The broad objectives are:
- understanding the determinants of health and disease in populations and in patients in clinical settings
- evaluating strategies for preventing and treating illness
- carrying out innovative work on behaviour change and on the practice of primary care
- developing and implementing new technologies in population health
- applied health and health policy research
- Health inequalities
- Life course influences and healthy ageing
- Quantitative research methods and medical and social statistics
- Dental public health
- Health behaviour research
- Applied health research
About this degree
The following studentships have been received in previous years: ESRC, MRC, MRC/ESRC, NIHR, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, European Union and British Heart Foundation.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Students graduating in the last three years have secured employment in local and central government, public health organisations, NHS trusts, hospitals and clinical trial units, as well as research posts at UCL and other higher education institutions.
The institute offers world-class education and training. It manages many of the UK’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal datasets, and evaluates strategies for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ill health. It carries out innovative work on behaviour change, and on the practice of primary care as well as leading applied health and health policy research.
We produce graduates with the skills and knowledge sought after by government departments and public sector organisations worldwide, as well as leading academic institutions.
The institute’s research departments collaborate with third sector and governmental organisations, as well as members of the media, both nationally and internationally to ensure the highest possible impact of their work beyond the academic community. Students are encouraged to take up internships with relevant organisations where funding permits. Members of staff also collaborate closely with academics from leading institutions globally.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This MPhil/PhD programme, part of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, provides you with an opportunity to develop your research skills within a research environment that is internationally recognised in social epidemiology and population health.
The UK is widely recognised as a world-leader in large, longitudinal cohort and panel studies, many of which are housed within the institute.
You will be supported by supervisory panels of multi-disciplinary staff, as well as student mentors and departmental graduate tutors, and encouraged to participate in our annual student-led conference, student poster competition and seminars.
- 1st in the UK: top-rated university in the UK for research strength (REF 2014)
- 8th in the world: among the top universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020)
- 10th in the world for public health (ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019)
- 10th in the world for life and medical sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
- You will be able to access UCL's Doctoral School Development programme, which offers an extensive list of development opportunities to expand your research and transferable skills, in order to support your research, professional development and employability. Browse the Skills Development list of courses
Department: Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
What our students and staff say
"The key strength of my graduate programme is broad training in key methodological and theoretical issues in public health. In my first year of a 4-year PhD programme, funded by the British Heart Foundation, I have had a chance to work within three research groups, which involved training in epidemiology of alcohol and obesity, design and evaluation of smoking cessation inteventions, and finally, identification of vascular risk factors for cognitive decline. Additionally, I was very impressed and greatly benefited from attending advanced statistical courses, and relevant MSc lectures. Finally, as a PhD student I am offered flexibility and support in intitiating research collaborations with private and public institutions, which will be crucial for completion of my PhD project. "
Aleksandra HerbecEpidemiology and Public Health PhD
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.
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