Study Programme

You can create your own Master’s programme of 120 European Credits (EC) to suit your interests. The components of the programme (presented in the table below) can be followed in any given order.


Study programme

Theoretical courses (34 EC)

In this programme, you will spend about six months completing compulsory theoretical courses, the core courses. You will spend 13 EC to the specialisation courses. 

Research Project (65 EC)

You are required to complete a Research Project during your studies.

Elective Courses (12 EC)

Electives will enable you to increase your knowledge within your field of interest or (in part) to address educational deficiencies.

Life Sciences Academy (1.5 EC)

During the course of the Master’s programme, you are required to attend the Introducing Life Sciences week, at least seven Life Sciences seminars, and three workshops of the Navigation Towards Personal Excellence programme.

Writing Assignment (7.5 EC)

The writing assignment consists of a clear and thorough overview of recent literature, concluded by an in-depth discussion.

Educational methods

Educational methods differ per course and can include:

  • Lectures
  • Webinars
  • Computer practicals
  • Group discussions
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Group and individual assignments
  • Self-assessments

Group size

About 30 students start the programme yearly. MSc Epidemiology students share the classroom with MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate students (total of about 60 students). MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate Online students follow their courses online.

Examination methods

Assessments vary per course. Computer exams have been introduced using Test Vision. However, assignments, presentations, participation, and paper exams are also used as forms of examination.