International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 10 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
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The International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology offered byUniversity of Tampereis a doctoral training and research programme for highly qualified epidemiologists, researchers and public health personnel worldwide who are aiming at a PhD degree in epidemiology or public health.


The main objectives of the International Doctoral Programme in Epidemiology programme from University of Tampere are to increase knowledge and understanding of major public health problems, particularly in low-income countries, and to build sustainable public health capacity in these countries by working with global partners in training epidemiologists and public health personnel for leadership positions in research, administration, programme planning and policy development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 10 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The required coursework includes doctoral level courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and other health sciences (for more information see the IPPE course list).

The students have considerable latitude in selecting courses and the program may be tailored to meet the individual learning and professional goals of the student. The selected PhD candidates will attend the following academic year (August-May) at the Health Sciences Campus (Kauppi Campus) of the Faculty of Social Sciencesto complete the required coursework (60 ECTS or 30 ECTS for those with an MD degree from an accredited university).

The programme includes weekly research seminars during which the candidates prepare a comprehensive research plan for their PhD thesis project. The bulk of field research, however, is generally conducted after the coursework has been completed. The candidates have the option of working in their country of origin or in Finland.

Completion of a doctoral degree usually requires 2-3 years after completion of coursework. A doctoral dissertation in epidemiology usually includes four original scientific papers published in a peer reviewed journal. After completion of coursework and successful public defense of dissertation, the candidate will receive a doctoral degree (PhD) in epidemiology or a related field.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    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.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    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

The admission criteria to the doctoral programme is a master's degree (equivalent to at least four years of study) in a relevant study area, such as medicine, public health or biostatistics.

Basic knowledge in epidemiology and statistics is desirable. Priority will be given to students who have a research plan or at least a preliminary idea of a research project that can be used as research material for the doctoral degree.

The students will complete the theoretical studies and finalize their research plan in Finland. After that students have the option of working on their PhD project in Finland or abroad. Completion of a doctoral degree usually requires 3-4 additional years of research work.

Tuition Fee


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