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Veterinary Epidemiology

Discover our postgraduate qualifications, taught entirely online

The main aim of this Masters programme is for students to learn about the fundamental processes driving disease transmission, persistence and prevalence in livestock production environments, and the role of disease in the performance of livestock production.

What will you learn?

The programme will cover a range of topics including how disease dynamics, persistence, and spread are driven by biological processes and management practices in agricultural environments. We will also discuss the consequences of disease on production efficiency.

Each year of the taught element will consist of three 11-week terms structured into 2 blocks of 5 weeks of study with a week in between for independent study and reflection.

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Veterinary Epidemiology
  • Wildlife disease ecology in livestock ecosystems
  • Livestock behaviour as routes of disease transmission
  • Livestock management impacts on disease risk & control
  • R for veterinary epidemiologists
  • Research skills & statistics
  • Host-pathogen arms race
  • Modelling disease systems

*Please check University website for final list of courses offered in any given year.

Entry requirements

A veterinary degree, or a degree in a natural (biological or physical) science, such as:

  • Veterinary medicine/ Veterinary science
  • Biological sciences
  • Zoology
  • Animal/Equine Science

Those working within one of the key topic areas, but who do not have a relevant degree (stated above), may also be considered.

Further information on English language requirements can be found on the University website.

Why study with us?

  • Flexible learning throughout the year to match busy working lives.
  • Build a personal portfolio of clinical and non-clinical skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a chosen clinical specialty.
  • Great mentoring and online discussion from teachers and researchers who are specialists in their field.
  • Access to high quality interactive online resources/e-journals and online textbooks.
  • Gain a distinguished postgraduate qualification.
  • Develop and enhance transferrable technological skills in digital learning environments.

Flexible online study - Join our worldwide community where you are

You will be part of an online community studying with students from all over the globe. This programme is delivered part time through online learning, over a period of between three and six years. You can exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or MSc (180 credits).

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is also an option and aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

Career Opportunities

The courses and programme as a whole will provide:

  • general postgraduate training (e.g. for people in education, government, policy-making, agricultural and veterinary organisations) to enable promotion, further employment opportunities or personal fulfilment
  • general postgraduate training for people considering a career in research (e.g. a precursor to a PhD)
  • topic-specific postgraduate training (e.g. for veterinarians for continuing professional development) to enable promotion, further employment opportunities or personal fulfilment


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