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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. 



A dissertation not exceeding 15,000 words in length is required 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

04 Oct 2021 to 31 Jul 2023

Course duration

2 Years

Apply by

31 Mar 2021

Course fee

Home: £12,160
Overseas: £30,684


Qualifications / Credits

Master of Studies

Course code