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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Epidemiology is no longer accepting new applications.

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to control and prevent health problems at the population level. Recognition of the importance of these study areas has led to increasing demand for professionals with formal training in epidemiology.

This full-time course is designed to provide successful students with the necessary knowledge and specialist skills to be able to design, conduct, critique and apply epidemiological research in either a service or an academic setting.

The course is open to medical and non-medical graduates and is aimed at the following groups:

  • Graduate students who wish to pursue a career in epidemiological research
  • Graduate students who wish to gain an advanced understanding of epidemiological and statistical principles to underpin future research interests
  • Public health professionals who wish to gain a fuller understanding of epidemiology and its application to public health in practice.

The MPhil in Epidemiology's main aims are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at a first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focused research in the discipline under close supervision; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills to design, conduct, critique and apply epidemiological research in either a service or an academic setting.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used during the course including lectures, practical exercises, one-to-one supervisions and self-directed learning. The level moves from basic to advanced epidemiology and biostatistics within the three terms.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants should:

  • have an advanced understanding of epidemiological theory and be able to apply it in a practical setting;
  • have knowledge of current developments in epidemiological research;
  • be able to identify, synthesise and critique relevant published research literature;
  • be able to interpret and apply the study findings;
  • have developed a critical approach to the evaluation of their own and others' research work; and
  • have the necessary skills to be able to carry out epidemiological research including:
    • selection of appropriate study design;
    • development of a research protocol;
    • collection and management of epidemiological data; and
    • application of appropriate statistical analysis.


Students currently studying for the MPhil in Epidemiology in the Department, who wish to continue to a PhD, are required to achieve a minimum mark of 70 per cent.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Public Health and Primary Care


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
March 31, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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