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Livestock Health and Production (MSc, PG Diploma and PG Cert)

Study for a prestigious MSc in Livestock Health and Production

by distance learning

Relevant to vets, animal health specialists and livestock farmers, the programme addresses contemporary issues of livestock production that have worldwide relevance. The subject areas covered include breeding, nutrition, welfare and disease processes and management.

Programme aims

Graduates of this programme will be able to improve the health and production of livestock through:

  • Understanding the interaction of livestock with people and the environment.
  • Gaining an overview of the factors that influence livestock production.
  • Implementing control strategies by integrating this knowledge with the principles of epidemiology, economics and disease control within the context of management and infrastructure.
  • Communicating effectively on the health of animal and human populations to a range of audiences including the general public, farmers, politicians, and other key policy makers.

Course structure

  • MSc: You complete 7 modules (3 core, 4 options).
  • PGDip: You complete 4 modules (2 core, 2 options).
  • PGCert: You complete 2 core modules.

You can also study individual courses of this degree (240-hour modules) for CPD purposes. If you complete one successfully, you can apply to transfer onto the degree programme. Plus there is a range of shorter 50-hour and 35-hour modules.

Entry levels

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The programme has been developed by academics at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), the UK’s longest established veterinary school and one of the most highly regarded institutions of its kind in Europe. It has over 1,500 students enrolled on its programmes and four state-of-the-art teaching and referral hospitals, providing services to the public and the veterinary profession.

Career progression

Graduates of the programme are employed in a variety of organisations including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), university veterinary faculties and international organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO).

How you study

The support you receive includes:

  • academic feedback on written assignments
  • tutorial support concerning academic matters from RVC staff
  • opportunities for local networking and mutual support from other students on the programme
  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to online tutorials, study materials, previous exam papers, and discussion boards. Tutorials provide the opportunity for you to ask questions and you are strongly encouraged to plan for these sessions.


Each module, except for the Research project, is examined by a three-hour unseen written examination which takes place in October (80% of the mark) and up to three written assignments per course, from which the highest mark will count (20%).

The Research project is assessed through a research paper written in the style required by an identified scientific journal (80%) and an oral examination (20%).

You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Advice Centre.

Visit the Livestock Health and Production (MSc, PG Diploma and PG Cert) page on the University of London website for more details!





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