Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD/MSc by Research

Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics is a major area of strength within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. 

The Unit of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics is home to a wide range of academic public health activities, including:

  • Epidemiological and health services research
  • Public health resource development
  • Health technology assessment
  • Postgraduate taught courses
  • Research opportunities and undergraduate medical education

Our main research programmes are in the areas of:

  • The epidemiology of maternal and child health, cancer, genetics, health behaviour, and respiratory and communicable disease
  • Health services research in health care evaluation, evidence-based practice, health care quality, health impact assessment
  • Clinical trials, Biostatistics and other research methodology

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply, although in some projects a bench fee is also payable 
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. UK/EU students should contact the School directly for further information. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. For general scholarship enquiries email

Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Before submitting an application to the University, you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research in order that you can indicate this in your application. There will be a delay in processing your application if this information is not provided. You can view the research interests of our staff, and search for an opportunity via our Doctoral Researchers search engine.

Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

Find out more about where our postgraduate students go