Switch to low bandwidth version Close

Masters Veterinary Epidemiology MSc

This course provides an understanding of the conceptual basis of epidemiology and training in essential methodological skills for the conduct of epidemiological studies in animal populations.

Join us for our next online chat sessions to ask staff and students your questions about studying at the School. Find out more.

There is a shortage of trained veterinary epidemiologists and there are excellent career opportunities in a variety of organisations including: Ministries of Agriculture & Food; Veterinary Investigation Laboratories; Animal Disease Research Institutes; Animal Health Trusts; Veterinary Faculties in Universities and International Organisations concerned with global health (DFID, FAO, WHO, OIE, etc).

Course Duration: one year full-time

" The quality of the lectures and teaching methods is 'top-notch'. Lisa Morrow from the UK studied the MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology - Full profile


By the end of this course students will be able to

  • design and implement epidemiological studies and surveillance systems
  • analyse and interpret data from epidemiological studies
  • undertake risk analysis and apply this to animal health economics
  • apply epidemiological principles to disease control within animal and human populations
  • give pragmatic advice on animal health linked to welfare, production and public health
  • communicate effectively on the health of animal and human populations to a range of audiences, including the general public, farmers, researchers, politicians and other key policy makers

Programme Specification: A comprehensive summary of the key elements of the degree, including educational aims and intended learning outcomes, plus details on programme structure, assessment requirements, student support and more.

Term 1 

All students take the compulsory modules and usually take the recommended modules. Compulsory: Extended Epidemiology; Epidemiological Aspects of Laboratory Investigation; Surveillance of Animal Health & Production; Statistics for EPH; Data Management for Epidemiological Studies; Communication Skills in Epidemiology.
Recommended: Public Health Lecture Series. Optional: Epidemiology in Context; Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases;  Introduction to Computing.

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of six study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Five modules are compulsory and are listed below.

Slot 1: Animal Health Economics (compulsory).

Slot 2: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (compulsory).

Slot 3: Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases (compulsory).

Slot 4: Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases (compulsory).

Slot 5: Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (compulsory).

Further details for the course modules

Project Report 

Students will have a period of about two months in which to complete a project on a topic in veterinary epidemiology.


Entrance Requirements

Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, mathematics or statistics, and relevant postgraduate experience, are all encouraged to apply.  Applicants are expected to have a high level of numeracy skills (e.g. A level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree).

Applicants from overseas will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension.

How to Apply for MSc Veterinary Epidemiology

Application forms and further information may be obtained from:
Royal Veterinary College,
Royal College Street,
London NW1 0UT.

Email: admissions@rvc.ac.uk
Royal Veterinary College website

Back to top