Utrecht University

Epidemiology Postgraduate Online, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English
Looking for a postgraduate programme that focuses on competencies that you need as an epidemiologist? The Epidemiology Postgraduate Online programme at Utrecht University is a globally oriented programme with a focus on research towards evidence-based medicine and evidence-based public health.


The Epidemiology Postgraduate Online master is extremely meaningful for everyone in the medical or life sciences field. Choose either our regular 1.5 year face-to-face programme in Utrecht or the 3-5 year online programme, offered via the online platform Elevate Health. The course content of the face-to-face and the online programme is identical, the learning method is different. Join Utrecht University's programme!

In this Postgraduate Master’s programme you will examine the distribution and determinants of health and morbidity in specific populations. With evidence-based medicine setting new standards, there is a growing demand for specialists working on the design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiological and health research. 

This scientific discipline is increasingly in demand in clinical research (human, pharmaceutical, and veterinary), industry and policymaking. Epidemiology Postgraduate is offered as:

  • Epidemiology Postgraduate, a face-to-face programme taught in Utrecht (1.5 years)
  • Epidemiology Postgraduate Online programmewill be studied online (3-5 years)

The difference between both master's programmes is the learning method. The course content of the face-to-face programme (Epidemiology Postgraduate) is identical to the online programme (Epidemiology Postgraduate Online). All courses within Epidemiology Postgraduate Online are offered by the platform of Elevate Health.

Career in Epidemiology

Epidemiologyical research is increasingly asked for in clinical research, industry and policymaking, due to major changes in public health, health care systems, global demographic and economic trends.


 Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure

In the Epidemiology Postgraduate programme you will learn to operate as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher. The aim of our programme is to provide you with extensive knowledge and practical skills in patient-oriented research design, implementation, quantitative analysis and its application to human or veterinary medicine and public health. The gained knowledge and skills form a solid basis for health research and disease control programs, including application in Low and Lower-Middle Income countries. The programme consists of core courses specialization courses and a research project.


The program is taught by internationally renowned lecturers such as professors Rick Grobbee MD PhD FESC and Arno Hoes MD PhD, both famous within the field of epidemiology. Utrecht University and the University Medial Center Utrecht have an outstanding academic reputation and are reputable partners that Elevate Health is proud to work with.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

You have a Master’s Degree (equivalent to a Dutch Master’s Degree) in: MSc in Life Sciences; Physicians (MD); Veterinarians (DVM); Pharmacists (PharmD); Other relevant science degree.

You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

Technological Requirements

As all courses of this programme are offered online, you do need access to a computer with internet connection to be able to access the Virtual Learning Environment, to follow lectures, open documents, to complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants. Other requirements: - Microsoft Silverlight (free downloadable) • Preferrred browser: latest version of Google Chrome • Microsoft (Open) Office • Statistical Program ‘’R’’ (free downloadable) Please note that for some courses, the statistical program ‘’SPSS’’ is required. As a student of Utrecht University, you may receive discount on the costs.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    6750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4545.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18182 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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