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There are approximately 24 contact hours per week (including lectures, practicals and small-group discussions).  These are normally delivered over four intensive days per week leaving, in normal circumstances, one day per week for self-directed learning.

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 within the three terms. Students are able to pursue their own interests and broaden their horizons via one essay in each of Michaelmas and Lent Terms and a research thesis in Easter term.

Detailed information on all aspects of the MPhil course in Public Health is shown on our website.

One to one supervision

Students receive the support of a course supervisor for subject-specific guidance throughout the year. College graduate tutors provide personal mentoring and pastoral support.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Students are encouraged to attend the Bradford Hill series of seminars, the Strangeways Seminar Series, the MRC Epidemiology Unit Seminars and they can also attend seminars held by the wider University.


These are the main feature of the teaching for the course and take place throughout each term.

There are approximately 24 contact hours per week (including lectures, practicals and small-group discussions). 


These form part of the general teaching for the course.

Small group teaching

These form part of the general teaching for the course.

Journal clubs

There is a student-led journal club.


These form part of the course-work.


Students present their work-in-progress for their essays and theses once per term.


Students receive regular support, guidance and feedback on their termly essays from their course supervisors throughout the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. Students receive guidance on their choice of research thesis topic from their course supervisors and then regular support, guidance and feedback from their thesis supervisors. Students receive feedback on their evolving ideas for their termly essays and final research thesis from both staff and students during termly presentations. Students receive feedback on their learning in Michaelmas and Lent Terms via informal assessments (or "mock" exams). Students also receive regular informal feedback from teachers and classmates during practicals, group work, and class discussions.

Students provide feedback after each lecture throughout the academic year.



A thesis not exceeding 20,000 words in length is required and is completed in the Easter term.


Two essays, each not exceeding 3,000 words in length, are required.

Written examination

Two three hour written papers,  each of which may cover all the areas of study prescribed in the syllabus, are taken in the Easter term.


Term 1 – informal epidemiology assessment

Term 2 - informal biostatistical assessment

The full-time components of the course are completed by the end of July.

The examination shall include an oral examination, in Cambridge, on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls and on the other work submitted by the candidate; save that the Examiners may, at their discretion, waive the requirement for an oral examination.

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Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Public Health and Primary Care


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

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. 9, 2019