Welcome to the international Master in Epidemiology Programme at Utrecht University. Epidemiology is a scientific discipline increasingly asked for in clinical (human, pharmaceutical or veterinary) research, industry, and policymaking. With ‘evidence-based medicine’ setting new standards, specialists are needed in design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological and health research. We offer a high level of education via our graduate and postgraduate programmes, and topic-specific short courses for those looking to expand their knowledge.
Information about our Master's programme
The research MSc Epidemiology programmes are organised within the Utrecht University Graduate School of Life Sciences. The aim of the MSc Epidemiology programmes is to provide students with extensive knowledge and practical skills in patient-oriented research design, implementation, quantitative analysis and its application to human or veterinary medicine and public health. The knowledge and skills gained on a solid basis for health research and disease control programmes, including application in developing countries.
The master Epidemiology equals the registration demands for Epidemiologist A and knows three variants:
MSc Epidemiology (120 EC)
2 years programme, for students holding a bachelor degree in one of the fields mentioned below.
MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate, face-to-face (90 EC)
1.5 years programme, for students holding a master degree in one of the fields mentioned below.
MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate, Online (90 EC)
3-5 years programme, for researchers/clinicians holding a master degree or working in one of the fields mentioned below. Future MSc Epidemiology (Postgraduate) students are expected to hold a degree in one of the following fields:
or a degree from a university in or outside the Netherlands comparable to the Dutch degrees indicated above. From September 1st, 2018, you will be able to participate in MSc Epidemiology Online.
This postgraduate programme is offered by Utrecht University and University Medical Center Utrecht in cooperation with MSc Epidemiology and via the online platform of Elevate Health. The aim of the programme is to provide you with extensive knowledge and practical skills in patient-oriented research design, implementation, quantitative analysis and its application to human or veterinary medicine and public health. The knowledge and skills gained on a solid basis for health research and disease control programmes, including application in low and lower-middle-income (LMI) countries.
This globally oriented programme focuses on competencies that you need as an epidemiologist: it offers plenty of attention for research but not just as a researcher – also enabling you to judge research and implement results from research (moving towards evidence-based medicine and evidence-based public health). This 90 ECTS postgraduate master is extremely useful for anyone with medical education or a background in life sciences. The programme consists of core courses in the field of epidemiology and statistics and 3 specialisation tracks:
Clinical Epidemiology, Veterinary Epidemiology, and General Epidemiology. After you've finished the online medical courses, you will conduct your research project with guidance from a UU supervisor, preferably at your own location. A detailed course overview can be found here.
The face-to-face variant MSc Epidemiology was evaluated as the #1 Master programme in the Dutch Master Selection Guide 2015! The ranking is based upon student judgments (National Student Survey), expert judgments (accreditation reports of NVAO, the Dutch and Flemish Accreditation Organisation) and graduation percentages.
Why opt for Epidemiology at Utrecht University?
Utrecht University hosts the only Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Netherlands, the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS) and the inter-faculty Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS). In addition, Utrecht Science Park accommodates Utrecht Life Sciences, a strategic alliance between academia, public institutions private organisations and government in order to drive innovations in human and veterinary health care.
Application date: 1-October-2020
Deadlines: 1-April-2021 (non-EU)/ 1-June-2021 (EU/EEA)
Start date: 1-September-2021
Tuition fee (2021-2022)
Full-time EU/EEA, Surinam or Swiss students: € 2168
International students: €17,280-€26,441
Notes for British applicants:
Utrecht University is not yet sure which implications Brexit will have on the tuition fees and visa requirements for British Citizens. Any updates and information you can find on this website