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International Animal Health MSc/PgDip/PgCert


Course Description

Programme description

Livestock are vital to the lives of millions of people, but endemic and epidemic diseases that affect livestock limit productivity and exacerbate poverty.

The diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people also threaten the health of livestock keepers, their families and their communities. In many developing regions farmers and animal health workers are often ill equipped to deal with this risk.

This programme draws together expertise from across the University to deliver first-class teaching and research to tackle these issues.

Building on a solid foundation of biological, immunological, pathological and epidemiological principles, this online MSc will equip you with the skills needed to identify, control and manage animal diseases and the expertise to tackle the international animal health challenges of the 21st Century.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Online Learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Students may study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

Year 1: certificate

Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance

Host Responses to Infection

Pathogen Strategies for Transmission and Survival

Year 2: diploma

You will undertake the following compulsory course:

Zoonotic disease

Choose one one of the following two courses:

Surveillance and control of transboundary diseases affecting international trade

An introduction to transboundary diseases and their impact on trade and wildlife populations

Then choose from the following electives (up to 60 credits):

Control of economically important parasites

Environmental and nutritional diseases of livestock of international importance

New developments in epidemiology and the control of vector borne disease

Veterinary vaccinology

Wildlife animal health and environment

Technology advances in veterinary diagnostics

Animal disease survey design and analysis

Project planning and decision support for animal disease control

Animal healthcare systems in the post-privatisation era

Introduction to health and production of aquatic species

Introduction to GIS and spatial data analysis

Advanced GIS and spatial epidemiology and modelling

An Introduction of Project Cycle Management

Globalisation and health

The Modern Zoo

The Use of Artificial Reproductive Technologies in Threatened Species

Pastoralism and herd health

Zoonotic diseases in a global setting

Socioeconomic Principles for One Health

Year 3: masters

For a masters, you will choose either to conduct a written reflective element of 10–15,000 words or to take Project Cycle Management and Funding Application Preparation.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to enhance your career in animal management throughout the world with first-rate expertise and a highly regarded qualification.


Visit the International Animal Health MSc/PgDip/PgCert page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine, agricultural science, biology or a related science discipline.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.
All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Last Updated

16 March 2017

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