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MSc One Health (Infectious Diseases)


This programme is delivered jointly by the School and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). It addresses a broad range of topics under the One Health paradigm and provides a foundation in the principles of diseases in the context of sociological systems, global health and food safety. Students develop skills related to methodology, transdisciplinary interactions and using a systems approach.

This course is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma

Graduates from this programme will have the knowledge and skills provided by experienced scientists in order to be able to respond rapidly and effectively to outbreaks of disease as well as controlling endemic disease at the interface between humans, animals and the environment.

Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.


Watch Course Directors and students talk about the course.

The course covered a wide range of disciplines beyond emerging infectious diseases, from epidemiology to anthropology, and has been delivered by those at the top of their game.
Kevin Queenan, United Kingdom


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • understand the One Health concept and approach problem solving using a transdisciplinary methodology
  • understand the origin, context and drivers of infectious disease at the human, animal and environment interface
  • evaluate impacts of multi-host infections on human, animal and ecosystem health and economics directly, or indirectly via food, vectors or the environment
  • develop a One Health systems approach to complex disease issues in monitoring, surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and control
  • critically review published literature
  • design and complete a research project (MSc only)


Term 1

There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at the School and the Royal Veterinary College, followed by four compulsory modules:

  • Foundations of One Health
  • Introduction to Disease Agents for One Health
  • Infectious Disease Emergence
  • Introduction to One Health Epidemiology

Terms 2 and 3

All students take three compulsory modules:

  • One Health Economics
  • One Health Skills
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health

In addition, students choose a fourth module from the following:

  • Vector Biology and Vector-Parastite Interactions
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
  • Globalisation and Health

Project report (MSc only)

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project on a topic in one health, for submission by early September.


Assessment takes place by eight end-of-module examinations, in-course assignments and by project report and an oral examination.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, animal sciences, social sciences, statistics and economics, are all encouraged to apply.

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

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your veterinary or medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

Fees and funding

Fees 2016/2017
Home Full-time £10,530
  Part-time Pro Rata
Overseas Full-time £18,290
  Part-time Pro Rata

Scholarships and funding opportunities

How to apply

Application forms and further information may be obtained from:

Admissions Royal Veterinary College
Royal College Street
London NW1 0UT

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

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