Entry requirements English Language: * An overall score of 7.0 on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with at least 6.0 in writing and no other skill below 6.5; from a TOEFL paper based test the requirement is a minimum score of 600, with 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE); from a TOEFL computer based test the requirement is a minimum score of 250, with 4.5 TWE; from a TOEFL Internet based test the requirement is a minimum score of 100, with 25 in the ‘Writing Skills’ score. Academic Requirements: * First degree in a science allied with medicine, for example biology, ecology, statistics, mathematics or biomedical science (at least 2:2), or relevant working experience (approximately 3-5 years).
The science of epidemiology underpins public health policy and health services research, and employs a large number of researchers in the United Kingdom and around the world. As practitioners in the field of epidemiology and statistics, we have become increasingly aware of the need for a greater number of members of the research community with excellence in biostatistical analysis.
12 months full-time
Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The Centre conducts many large scale multi-centre population and clinical-based studies as well as performing research into public health, health services and health policy. In terms of aetiologic research there is particular emphasis on understanding the role of environmental exposures, genetic susceptibility and gene:environment interactions in chronic diseases including cancer and diabetes in both children and adults.
The Centre is home to a number of national and regional disease registers including the Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Registry, The Yorkshire Specialist Register of Cancer in Children & Young People and The Yorkshire Register of Diabetes in Children and Young Adults. In addition, the Paediatric Epidemiology Group, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Leicester, has established a high quality clinical database of paediatric intensive care. The Nutritional Epidemiology Group is responsible for the UK Women’s Cohort Study comprising 35,000 women being followed prospectively for associations between diet and cancer risk. The Cochrane Collaboration Review Group in Upper Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Diseases is also part of the Centre. These various resources underpin much of the population-based research within the Centre.
What you study
The following principles have guided the development of the this course:
1. Our vision is to train scientists with excellent and up-to-date expertise to work as Statistical Epidemiologists in a variety of fields of health research.
2. We want to initiate and nurture thinking and, where appropriate, challenge established ways of working to improve scientific enquiry.
3. Delivery of teaching involves a stimulating blend of conventional and technology-based methods.
How you study
1. A professional spine running throughout the course, where the student will learn the skills needed to work in the field of epidemiology.
2. A firm foundation in statistics and epidemiology.
3. Advanced methods in statistical epidemiology.
4. Optional subject-specific modules, in for example ‘Genetic Epidemiology’.
5. A research study, pursued throughout the year, culminating in writing a paper of submission quality for a journal.