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
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 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)
Epidemiology and Research Design
Public Health Practice and Research
Master ́s Thesis
Specialisations (36 ECTS)
Epidemiology (Advanced Methods in Epidemiology, Applied Epidemiology)
Environmental, Occupational and Radiation Epidemiology
Electives (12 ECTS)
Advanced Quantitative Methods
Recent Developments in Biostatistics
Applied Statistics in Epidemiology
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 https://bignode.ibe.med.uni-muenchen.de/epi/msc/index.html.
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.