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Clinical Epidemiology - Masters in Clinical Epidemiology

In January 2008, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences launched the Masters Programme in Clinical Epidemiology. The course offers rigorous methodological training for those with a background or experience in a health-related discipline who wish to pursue a career in clinical research or evidence based practice.  The programme is relevant to potential researchers who require robust training in research techniques including advanced concepts and methods of epidemiology.  Experienced or newly qualified health professionals are encouraged to apply and submit applications by making enquiries to

This structured Masters Programme covers basic and applied epidemiological concepts, approaching clinical situations from an evidence-based perspective, training in ethics, statistical programmes, study designs and systematic reviews. The research project will be an ongoing 2-year process for the duration of the programme, culminating in submitting a research article for publication. At this stage, the programme is presented using a combination of face-to-face teaching and e-learning.

Admission and selection requirements

For admission to the MSc (Clinical Epidemiology) programme, the candidate shall hold an MBChB or equivalent degree; or a four-year professional bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline;  or a BScHons degree in Medical Sciences of this University or another recognised university or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate, Mathematics at National Senior Certificate (NSC) level, computer literacy and fluency in written and spoken English are requirements for admission to the programme.

Nature and duration of programme

The programme is offered on a part-time basis over a minimum period of two years.

Programme outline and credit values

This is a 180 credit programme which consists of modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).  Students need to do 10 modules.  From 2012, eight modules are compulsory and students can choose 2 elective modules.

» Programme outline 2015


 Full time application procedure: 
(The closing date for applications is 16 August each year)

» e-Application Procedure

» Checklist for fulltime applications