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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Population Health Sciences is no longer accepting new applications.

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Applicants will usually have undergraduate experience in quantitative science or a degree in a health-related area, although other relevant experience will also be considered.

We also expect clear interest in Population Health Sciences (PHS), clear commitment to a career in PHS, and a clear understanding of the contribution of the MPhil/MSt to applicants’ future career ambitions.

Students without the standard university requirements but  with clinical degrees or appropriate and compensatory professional experience may be considered via our non-standard applicant route.

Mathematical skills at the level of an excellent A-level student are a minimum requirement for applicants to the Health Data Science (HDS) theme. Nevertheless, we expect that most applicants will have a mathematical training that is more advanced than A-level. Applicants only satisfying the minimum mathematical requirement will have an undergraduate degree in a field relevant to the course. Some aptitude for and experience of computer programming is highly desirable for HDS applicants.

University Minimum Academic Requirements

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 6.5
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.0

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 100


Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element).

Visa Information

No ATAS required

What Is An ATAS?

Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
March 31, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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