Dates: 1st to 5th March 2021
Location: Aberdeen, UK

Our well-established Intensive Course in Applied Epidemiology celebrates its 28th year. Over 4.5 days, this intensive course covers concepts and methods common to all chronic disease epidemiology.  During the course, delegates will cover principles of study design, the collection and analysis of data in epidemiological studies, and various methodological aspects including bias, confounding, validity and reliability.  It assumes no prior epidemiological training and will cover basic and more advance topics in each of these areas, taking delegates to a level covered in an epidemiological module of a Masters degree.  Each session will involve a lecture, but emphasis is placed on practical exercises and group work for solving problems.

We hope to be able to run the course face-to-face, as usual in March 2021.  However, due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the possibility of a second wave and the re-introduction of lockdown measures, we cannot commit to this at this time.

If it is possible to run the course face-to-face, we will ensure that all appropriate physical distancing measures will be in place, consistent with Scottish Government guidelines at that time.  In addition, the University of Aberdeen has a wealth of experience in online learning and we are also exploring the possibility of running the course online.

If you have any questions or queries about the course, please contact

Please see below for more information.



Further information

Course details


Monday 1st to Friday 5th March 2021


The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, UK


Registration opens at 1030 on Monday morning.  Teaching commences at 1100 and continues until 1300 on Friday afternoon.  Attendees are encouraged to make their travel arrangements to ensure they can attend the whole course.


Full price: £950
This includes all course materials, and lunch Monday - Thursday.  The course fee also includes a course dinner.
Early bird: £800 - If booked by Friday 27th November 2020


Delegates may cancel their booking by email to, however the first £150 of any booking fee is non-refundable.  Cancellations after 30th November 2020 are non-refundable.

Since the course has been running in Aberdeen it has never been cancelled.  However, we reserve the right to do so in extenuating circumstances.  Therefore, a final confirmation will be sent to all registered delegates in the first week of December.  You are advised not to book travel until after this time.  In the unlikely event of a cancellation, the course fee will be reimbursed in full, although the University of Aberdeen cannot be held responsible for reimbursement of cancelled travel or accommodation.

How do I register?

Booking and registration

Booking must be made via the University of Aberdeen Online Store and must be made with a credit or debit card. Payment must be made in full for a reservation to be accepted.

Please ensure that you have read the course cancellation policy on the course ‘details’ section above.

Also, please note, the last day for booking this course using the online store will be the 31st of January 2021.  However, if there are still places available, it may still be possible to register on the course.  If you are interested in booking on the course after this date please contact for further information.

Financial support


A small number of bursary places are available for students / trainees who would be otherwise unable to attend the course due to financial reasons.  Each bursary is worth £400, payable as a discount on the prevailing course fee at the time of registration.  Therefore, successful applicants will still be required to find some of the funds themselves.

If you are interested in applying for a bursary, please download the following form, and return to

Travel and accommodation

Course accommodation

The course is held on the top floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library on the University's Old Aberdeen campus.  The Sir Duncan Rice Library offers stunning panoramic views over the city and coastline as well as all the modern conveniences you would expect from a state-of-the-art university library.

Residential accommodation

There is no residential accommodation provided as part of the course fee. However, many delegates have previously stayed in Jurys Inn, in Aberdeen city centre.  It is located between the railway and bus stations, and integral to the Union Square Shopping Centre for shopping, food and drink.


Information about traveling to / from Aberdeen can be found here.

Delegates are expected to make their own way to the University campus on the first day of the course.  However, at registration on day one, delegates will be issued with a bus pass to allow travel to and from the university campus, from the city centre, for the rest of the week.

Aberdeen and surrounding area

The main university campus is in the Old Aberdeen area of the city, with the picturesque King’s College, Elphinstone Hall cloisters, and St Machar's Cathedral.  The city itself stands at the gateway to Scotland's Castle and Whisky Country in the northeast of Scotland and is famed for its links to agriculture, fishing, and production of fine food.  Just a short drive away, you'll be surrounded by pure air and spectacular scenery, should you wish to extend your stay.

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Participants who require a visa to travel to the United Kingdom are strongly advised to register on the course and apply for a visa at the earliest opportunity.  Specifically, you are encouraged to start the process sufficiently early so that you know whether your visa application has been successful prior to the “early bird” deadline, since later cancellations are non-refundable.  If required, on request, we are able to provide a letter to accompany your application, confirming your registration on the course.  We are, however, not able to provide information on the necessity for visas, or type of visas required, since these will vary with individual circumstances.