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Population Health Sciences MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Economics Sociology Of Health And Sickness Medical Sciences

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Course Summary

Programme overview

The Department of Population Health Sciences is part of the Bristol Medical School. Staff in the department participate in extensive national and international research collaborations, and provide health policy advice for government organisations and international bodies. Staff and students in the department are also members of the cross-faculty Bristol Population Health Science Institute.

The department is multi-disciplinary and includes statisticians, epidemiologists, geneticists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, health economists, public health physicians, medical ethicists, data scientists, neuroscientists, and various community-based physicians and nurses. We are keen to attract graduates from all these disciplines to carry out postgraduate research. In the 2018 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 87 per cent of the schools students were satisfied with their postgraduate experience. Ratings for quality of supervision, resources, research skills training and professional development met or exceeded sector averages.

A selection of fully funded PhD opportunities are available within the department. We host a Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology which offers fully-funded four year PhD studentships. Cross-institutional PhD studentships are available through the GW4 PhD Biomedical and Clinical programmes, enabling students to benefit from the diversity of expertise and resources across the GW4 network of universities. The MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit provides four-year PhD opportunities on cross-disciplinary projects exploring the causal effects of potentially modifiable exposures on health. The department also hosts cross-disciplinary studentships funded through the BHF Integrative Cardiovascular Science PhD programme and health data science studentships funded through EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training. Other funded studentships are available for projects in any research area within the school.

Students who have already secured funding, or are looking to secure personal funding, must contact potential supervisors to discuss research topics before applying.


Most of our final-year research students express a wish to continue in research. The vast majority of recent PhD graduates now work in the academic sector, with many others working in the health and private sectors. In addition to excellent research training, our students develop a range of transferable skills to ensure they have the best possible opportunities whatever their chosen career.

Different course options

Full time | Clifton Campus | 1 year | JAN-20

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Full time


1 year

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Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) or a lower second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) with a master's degree in a subject relevant for the proposed research. For an MD you must hold an MBChB. Applicants must have identified two potential supervisors who are willing to support the research proposal.