MSc Veterinary Epidemiology

Academic year 2021-22: non-lab

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Academic year 2021/22

Our ambition is to open our London campus for as much activity as possible but we are mindful that the outbreak of COVID-19 is unprecedented and has the potential to influence the delivery of education around the world for some time to come. We will monitor the pandemic and associated Government restrictions carefully and adjust our plans accordingly.

As part of our response to the ongoing pandemic LSHTM has developed a flexible learning model allowing a switch between face-to-face and digital delivery as circumstances dictate.

Overview - Veterinary Epidemiology

The programme

This is a joint programme provided by LSHTM and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). There is a shortage of trained veterinary epidemiologists and there are excellent career opportunities for graduates. This course provides training in essential methodological skills for the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and communication of epidemiological studies; and surveillance and disease control in animal and human populations.

This programme is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma

In a world where global transport links allow rapid movement of people and animals, disease can spread more quickly than before and is harder to control than ever. In such a world there is a growing need for trained veterinary epidemiologists at the front line of disease surveillance and control.

This unique programme is delivered jointly by LSHTM and RVC and is supported by policy makers from the forefront of the UK government. You will learn essential methodological skills for the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and communication of epidemiological studies; and surveillance and disease control in animal and human populations.

Your areas of study will combine LSHTM's strengths in epidemiological principles and communicable disease epidemiology, with the RVC’s expertise in veterinary epidemiology, animal health and production.

Graduates from this programme hold positions 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). Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

Applications for this course are processed by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), not by LSHTM. Further details, programme information, and how to apply

Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Ways to study explained.

Veterinary Epidemiology


Watch Programme Directors and former students talk about the course.

Alun Simpson, United Kingdom
Alun Simpson, United Kingdom

"As an intercalating student, the course was an opportunity for me to pursue a subject I had developed an interest in during the pre-clinical stage of my undergraduate degree and to broaden my career prospects."

Objectives - Veterinary Epidemiology

By the end of this programme 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
Structure - Veterinary Epidemiology

The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.

Term 1 

All students take the compulsory modules and usually take the recommended modules.

Compulsory modules

  • Extended Epidemiology (LSHTM)
  • Epidemiological Aspects of Laboratory Investigation (RVC)
  • Epidemiology in Practice (LSHTM)
  • Surveillance of Animal Health & Production (RVC)
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (LSHTM)


  • Epidemiology & -omics (LSHTM)

Terms 2 and 3

Students take a total of five compulsory modules:

  • Economics of One Health (RVC)
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (LSHTM)
  • Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases (LSHTM)
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (LSHTM)
  • Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (RVC)

Project Report (MSc only)

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

Please note: due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, we are not currently in a position to guarantee that overseas or field based projects will be possible or that London based laboratories will be accessible. Whilst we are hopeful that the situation will change before next summer, should it be the case that you are unable to travel overseas or access labs, you will be able to complete an alternative desk-based project allowing you to obtain your qualification within the original timeframe. Alternatively, you will be able to defer your project to the following year. 

Changes to the course

Changes to the programme

LSHTM will seek to deliver this programme in accordance with the description set out on this programme page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for LSHTM to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements - Veterinary Epidemiology

Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in veterinary science, 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.

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 & funding
Fees and funding - Veterinary Epidemiology
Fees 2021/22    
Home MSc Full-time £10,990
  MSc Part-time £5,600
  PG Diploma £7,430
EU/Overseas MSc Full-time £25,410
  MSc Part-time £12,810
  PG Diploma £17,040
How to apply
How to apply - Veterinary Epidemiology

Applications for this programme are administered by the Royal Veterinary College and should be made via the RVC website.