University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The course aims to train scientists to pursue careers in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health and health-services research; students all undertake the 4 common core modules before choosing a specialist theme to focus on; 4 further modules are then completed within the chosen specialist theme before moving on to the research project.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st degree in a science allied with medicine, including biology, ecology, biochemistry, statistics, mathematics, computing, psychology, economics or biomedical science (at least 2.2); work experience is also considered (2 years or more) of research in a quantitative subject area; we also offer the course as an intercalated programme to high-achieving medical students; English language requirements; an overall score of 7.0 on IELTS with at least 6.0 in writing and no other skill below 6.5.

Course modules

Core modules: Core epidemiology; introduction to modelling; statistical inference; professional spine; research project. Specialist themes: Statistical epidemiology; non-communicable disease epidemiology; applied population health.

Assessment methods

Each module will contain a summative assessment component; some will be done via continuous in-course assessment, and some as end of module assessment. Assessment and feedback will use a number of methods: Online assessment using QuestionMark, which allows a flexible set of responses and will mark the assessment immediately and provide both results and more structured feedback to the candidate; short answer questions to test understanding of more complex methods and scenarios; a variety of methods appropriate to the skills and knowledge under test, for example presentation of data; the overall research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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