University of Oxford
Statistics and Epidemiology PgCert
University of Oxford

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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This course is only open to University of Oxford staff.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Statistics and Epidemiology is a part-time course that is open to Oxford staff. The course will be taught alongside the MSc Global Health Science and Epidemiology and will consist of two modules.

Learning objectives and course structure

The course aims to provide intensive training in statistics and epidemiology to enable students to conduct and interpret research studies in important areas of population health.

Students will be able to apply these knowledge and skills to support population-based research, including statistical analyses of epidemiological data.

The course aims to promote advanced study of the challenges of global health and their potential solutions by in-depth study of a range of scientific disciplines, so that students may understand and integrate medical, epidemiological, social and economic aspects of ill-health. At the end of the course, students should have the knowledge and skills required to:

  • describe and discuss the role and contribution of epidemiology to health;
  • critically appraise, analyse and interpret epidemiological studies;
  • select, devise and develop appropriate study designs for epidemiological research; and
  • conduct appropriate statistical analyses of epidemiological and health-related data.

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of major issues in statistics and epidemiology as they apply to global health science.

The curriculum comprises two compulsory modules:

  • Principles of epidemiology
  • Principles of statistics

Pattern of learning

The modules in the PGCert course will be delivered in the form of a series of lectures, with accompanying practical or tutorial sessions involving obtaining and assessing relevant evidence, and applying the concepts and methods learned during the lectures. In addition, teaching is also delivered through seminars, student presentations, self-directed learning and independent study.

A typical week will include a mixture of lectures and practical sessions of approximately 9 hours of tutor-led, classroom- based activities in Michaelmas term and around five hours in Hilary term.

As a part-time student you will be required to attend classes, seminars and other obligations in Oxford for a minimum of 50 days each year. There will be no flexibility in the dates and pattern of attendance, which will be determined by the teaching team. Attendance will be required during term-time 3- 5 days each week on days determined by the teaching team. Attendance will be required outside of term-time 1-3 days each week on days determined by the teaching team.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 7.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Statistics and Epidemiology, PgCert, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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