This is a joint programme provided by the School 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
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.
Duration: one year full-time or split-study over two years. Modes of study explained.
Changes to the course
The School will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the School to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
Watch Programme Directors and former students talk about the course.
"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."
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
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.
All students take the compulsory modules and usually take the recommended modules.
- Extended Epidemiology
- Epidemiological Aspects of Laboratory Investigation
- Surveillance of Animal Health & Production
- Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
- Data Management for Epidemiological Studies
- Communication Skills in Epidemiology
- Public Health Lecture Series
- Epidemiology in Context
- Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
- Introduction to Computing
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five compulsory study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.).
Slot 1: Animal Health Economics
Slot 2: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
Slot 3: Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
Slot 4: Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases
Slot 5: Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
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.
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.
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.