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Masters Veterinary Epidemiology MSc and Postgraduate Diploma

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.

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

Master's: Full-time for one year or split study over two years. Students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of the course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director.

Postgraduate Diploma (taught component only): Full-time for 9 months or split study over two years. 

* The tuition fees for part-time and split-study students are for each year of study. Please note that fees are subject to an increase each year. First year split studies students will be charged tuition fees at the part-time 2014/15 fee rate. Second year split studies students will be charged tuition fees at the full-time 2014/15 fee rate, pro rated for the period they will be studying at the School.

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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 - Master's and Postgraduate Diploma

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 - Master's and Postgraduate Diploma

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 - Master's only

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

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