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Masters in One Health at the University of Edinburgh

Masters in One Health at the University of Edinburgh

Our Masters in One Health will allow you to understand the complex interactions between human, animal and ecosystem health. You will develop the range of skills & knowledge needed to tackle the intractable and highly complex health challenges of the 21st Century.

Programme description

Our MSc One Health is an interdisciplinary masters designed to prepare students to understand, and tackle the complex interactions between human, animal and ecosystem health.

The One Health approach draws from a wide variety of disciplines in both the natural and the social sciences to find responses to complex health challenges, such as global pandemics.

The programme is taught entirely online, and has been designed to be studied part-time, using the University’s award-winning online learning environments.

The programme is offered by The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, a world leader in education and research into animal health.

"This programme opened my eyes to a broader view of health issues. Worldwide animal, human and ecosystem health are linked together in so many ways"

Ingrid, MSc One Health Student

Why study with us?

  • We are leaders and pioneers: The University of Edinburgh was the first UK University to offer One Health professional training.
  • Breath of expertise: Our programme benefits from Edinburgh’s breath of multidisciplinary expertise, with a proven track record delivering first-class teaching in One Health.
  • Networking and support from the Global Academy: The One Health programme is part of the Global Health Academy and we share many elective courses with other programmes in the Academy. This provides a great deal of flexibility and choice, allowing you to personalise your studies to reflect your professional interests and career aspirations. As well as learning from our expert tutors you will benefit from being part of an international community of learners and peers.
  • Global Health Academy

"This programme has allowed me to begin moving my career from private veterinary practice to veterinary public health and international development"

Andrew, MSc One Health Student

Programme Structure

The programme begins in September and runs part-time over a period of 1-6 years, depending on which award you choose to study.

It is structured to allow progression via Certificate, Diploma and MSc; however, it is also possible to finish at the Certificate or Diploma. The Certificate is usually studied over 1-2 years, the Diploma 2-4 years and the full Masters can take from between 3-6 years to complete depending on how much time you have to dedicate to studying per academic year.

Year 1: Completion leads to the PG Certificate Award

The Certificate comprises four compulsory courses. These four courses are:

  • Introduction to One Health (20 credits)
  • Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance (20 credits)
  • One Health Policy (10 credits)
  • Ecosystem Health (10 credits)

Year 2: Completion leads to the PG Diploma Award

For the diploma a selection of courses totaling 60 credits must be made from a wide variety of courses, including:

  • Innovative Approaches to Health Challenges Across Disciplines (10 credits)
  • Socio-economic Principles of One Health (20 credits)
  • Zoonotic Diseases (20 credits)
  • Zoonotic Diseases in a Global Setting (20 credits)

List of additional elective courses can be found here

Year 3: Completion leads to the MSc Award

The written reflective element is an assignment of 10-15,000 words (60 credits).

"Distance study appealed to me, because it gave me the chance to continue working full time and study at the same time"

Sanja, MSc One Health graduate

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine, medicine, life/biological sciences, biomedical science, ecosystem health, environmental sciences, social science or economics.

All applicants will also be asked to demonstrate a level of English language competency.

Further information on English language requirements

Career Opportunities

A qualification from our programme will enhance your career prospects in academia, research, government departments, non-governmental organisations, international development and the private sector.

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