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Masters degrees in Animal Health equip postgraduates with the skills to study diseases in animals, aiming to diagnose and cure disorders. Some programmes allow you to specialise in areas such as Animal Welfare, Animal Biology or Livestock Health.
Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate qualification in a relevant biological science like Veterinary Medicine or Biology.
Masters in Animal Health tackle a broad range of global and environmental issues. For example, you might focus on vaccinology and stopping the spread of infectious disease, or study how the animal body responds to infection. You could also look at the implications of industrial farming and what can be done to improve livestock health.
Employment opportunities are notably varied, depending largely on which specialisms you pursue during the course. You might focus on the global aspects of animal health, finding work with an international non-governmental organisation (NGO). Or, you could work for an animal consultancy, a veterinary company or an animal welfare organisation.
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Livestock are vital to the lives of millions of people, but endemic and epidemic diseases that affect livestock limit productivity and exacerbate poverty. Read more
The overall objective of this online distance learning programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms. Read more
The Animal Science department in the Postgraduate School offers taught courses in Animal Biology and Welfare and Animal Production and Nutrition as well as programmes undertaken by research leading to an MSc, MPhil or PhD award. Read more
One Health sits at the interface between human, animal and ecosystem health. As such, it is a fast-evolving subject area, well suited to preparing professionals looking to tackle the wide range of intractable and highly complex health challenges of the 21st Century. Read more
Conservation Medicine is an established field that continues to evolve as we develop our ability to study the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health. Read more
Veterinary medicine is a rapidly evolving discipline, comprising a wide range of specialist areas. Research in veterinary medicine is directly relevant to the improvement of health and welfare of domestic animal species and the protection of public health. Read more
This programme has popular international appeal and is endorsed by many international organisations for its up-to-date understanding and application of the latest animal welfare methods and practices. Read more
The United Nations has recognised that ‘Biodiversity is a common concern of humankind’. Yet, threats to Biodiversity and ecosystems are at a record high, and it is now widely recognised that our planet can no longer support the current pressure imposed by our society’s unsustainable ways. Read more
Within conservation science there is increasing recognition of the value of genetic data to support management decisions, however scientists and managers with the skills and knowledge to apply population genetic theory to conservation practice are lacking. Read more
Animal Health and Welfare relates the study of animal health to improving and enhancing welfare. There is an increased global awareness of the link between animal and human health and this suggests that graduates with skills in this area are well placed for a range of career destinations within the animal sector. Read more
The University of Edinburgh is internationally renowned for the quality of our teaching and the excellence of our research into human, animal and ecosystem health. By studying one of our online masters, you’ll benefit from our expertise - from wherever you are in the world. Our transformative online degrees have been designed to develop your intellectual skills, specialise and help you advance your career.