MSc One Health: ecosystems, humans and animals

(formerly MSc One Health (Infectious Diseases))


This programme is delivered jointly by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) 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.

Overview - One Health

Applications for this programme are now closed, however there is still time to apply for one of our distance learning master's programmes

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.Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

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

One Health


Watch Programme Directors and students talk about the programme.

Kevin Queenan, United Kingdom
Kevin Queenan, United Kingdom

"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."

Objectives - One Health

By the end of this programme, 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)
Structure - One Health

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

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 (RVC)
  • Introduction to Disease Agents for One Health (LSHTM)
  • Disease Emergence (RVC)
  • Introduction to One Health Epidemiology (RVC)

Terms 2 and 3

All students take three compulsory modules:

  • One Health Economics (RVC)
  • One Health Skills (RVC)
  • Medical Anthropology and Public Health (LSHTM)

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

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

Project report (MSc only)

During the second half of the year (April - August), students complete a research project on a topic in one health, for submission by mid-August.


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

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 - One Health

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 & funding
Fees and funding - One Health
Fees 2019/20    
Home MSc Full-time £11,400
  MSc Part-time £5,700
  PG Diploma £7,700
Overseas MSc Full-time £20,600
  MSc Part-time £10,300
  PG Diploma £13,830
DFID CSS Scholarships One Health 2019

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (DFID)

This programme has been allocated two scholarships under the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme. In order to apply for this scholarship, you will need to apply both to the Royal Veterinary College for the MSc programme AND to the Department for International Development (DFID) for the scholarship directly by 4pm (GMT) on 14th March 2019.

Please ensure you are eligible for both the programme and scholarship before submitting an application. You will need to make clear in the funding section of the MSc application that you are a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme applicant. 

Funding general

Please note that EU nationals will continue to benefit from home fee status and can access financial support for the 2020-21 academic year. Find out more.

Other sources of funding:

How to apply
How to apply - One Health

Application forms and further information may be obtained from:

Royal Veterinary College
Royal College Street
London NW1 0UT


Royal Veterinary College website