University of Oxford
Statistics and Epidemiology PgCert
University of Oxford

Key Course Facts

Course Description

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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.

This course is only open to University of Oxford staff.

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 2 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.

During the first term there are two formative assessments designed to enable teaching staff to monitor student progress. These assessments are compulsory but the marks do not contribute to the final outcome. All students are provided with detailed feedback that will enable them to improve their learning by helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses. There are two summative assessments. At the end of the second term, a data set analysis and report (35%) is submitted. At the beginning of the third term there is an examination involving one written paper (65%) comprising multi-component questions.

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)
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Degree-level qualifications As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications: a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in medicine, a quantitative degree (eg statistics) or a health-related degree. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0. If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit our International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements. GRE General Test scores No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought. Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience Preference will be given to applicants with professional or research experience in a health-related field. Preference will also be given to those who have previously studied mathematics or statistics as a module in their undergraduate degree or at A-level, or equivalent. Publications are not essential, but will be viewed favourably. Extenuating circumstances If your ability to meet the entry requirements has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (eg you were awarded an unclassified/ungraded degree) or any other exceptional personal circumstance (eg other illness or bereavement), please refer to the guidance on extenuating circumstances in the Application Guide for information about how to declare this so that your application can be considered appropriately.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of Oxford is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Average student cost of living in 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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