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Master of Science



M.Sc. Epidemiology is a four-semester, non-consecutive master's programme. Courses are held in English. The programme offers students the chance to learn how to analyze different problems in health-related fields and to plan, execute, and interpret studies.


Detailed information on the course of studies can be found on the homepage of the Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE): Click here

Information booklet for the master´s programme M.Sc. Epidemiology at LMU Munich: 10 Reasons to Study Epidemiology

What is Epidemiology?

Epidemiology examines which factors contribute to health or diseases in individuals or entire populations. In a world of evolving socioeconomic and environmental conditions and emerging new health risks, epidemiological methods enable a better understanding of the dynamics of current trends in health and the factors driving those, providing scientific knowledge for implementing evidence-based health measures.


The programme

The  programme  is  structured  in  accordance  with  the  Bologna  Process.  A  total  of  120  ETCS  credits must be acquired. All core lectures and courses are held in German. In the electives, students also have the opportunity to choose courses in German.


In the first semester, the curriculum covers fundamental topics in the core modules such as epidemiological basics, quantitative methods, and research skills. In the second and third semester, students have the possibility to choose electives according to their personal interests, while also gaining practical experience in two mandatory internships. In the fourth semester, students will write their master’s thesis.


Core modules (72 ECTS)
Quantitative Methods
Epidemiology and Research Design
Public Health Practice and Research
Research Skills
Master Colloquium
Master ́s Thesis

Specialisations (36 ECTS)
Clinical Epidemiology
Epidemiology (Advanced Methods in Epidemiology, Applied Epidemiology)
Genetic Epidemiology
Environmental, Occupational and Radiation Epidemiology
Advanced Biometry

Electives (12 ECTS)
Advanced Quantitative Methods
Recent Developments in Biostatistics
Applied Statistics in Epidemiology
Qualitative Methods
Health Communication
Prevention and Health Promotion
Social and Behavioural Sciences
Global Public Health
Public Mental Health
Health Services Research and Health Economics
Epidemiology of Diet and Lifestyle Factors



How to apply

Admission requirements for the master's programme are:

  • Completed university degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a health-related discipline such as: medicine, public health, pharmacy, natural sciences, nutritional sciences, psychology, social sciences, statistics, sports science, economics and business administration, law, communication science or any other discipline relevant to health sciences

  • Advanced competency in English

  • Foundational knowledge in mathematics and statistics

  • Formal application including curriculum vitae and certificates

  • Successful completion of written test

  • Successful completion of oral test

The current deadlines and details for application, written and oral tests can be found at


Your career in Epidemiology

A master's degree in epidemiology opens up career opportunities in many different areas.  Our students acquire solid theoretical and practical skills that qualify them for a career in science, but also in industry.


After graduating, some of our alumni decide to pursue a PhD diploma or continue working in research. Other graduates work in the pharmaceutical sector, in consulting, at health insurance companies, clinical research organisations and in governmental and non-governmental organizations.

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