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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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The MSt in Population Health Sciences (PHS) is jointly run by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the MRC Biostatistics Unit, with contributions from colleagues across the University. The MSt PHS is a part-time postgraduate master's course that includes the academic disciplines of epidemiology, global health, health data science, infectious diseases, public health, and primary care research. 

The course is open to graduates and other qualified candidates (see entry requirements) who wish to pursue a research, practice or leadership career in population health sciences.


Teaching & Assessment

A variety of teaching methods are employed throughout the course, including lectures, and a range of individual
and group exercises, such as problem-solving activities, group discussions, presentations, and practicals with
various data sets and computational tools.

Some modules may opt for a flipped or blended learning approach, in which students will be expected to
engage with material ahead of class, in preparation for engaging in practical activities and discussions in class.
Students are expected to engage in a substantial amount of additional study time per module, to be spent on
activities that include reading, assignments and course supervisions.

There are approximately 180 contact hours over the course.

Students attend classes for all modules. These classes take a variety of formats, including lectures, practicals and small group work. Students are also 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.


A dissertation not exceeding 15,000 words in length is required (including footnotes, but excluding tables, appendices, and bibliography) and is completed by the end of July in the second year of the MSt.

The examination shall include an oral examination, in Cambridge, on the dissertation 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.

Each module shall be examined by assignments of 1,500 words, or assignments deemed their equivalent.

Assessment modalities may include quizzes, presentations, reports, short projects, essays and a variety of tasks
that reflect authentic practice in the field. While most assessments will be based on individual work, some will
include group work.

Course dates

01 Oct 2022

Course duration

2 Years

Apply by

31 May 2022

Course fee

Home: £12,522
Overseas: £32,412


Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

Course code