In a world where global transport links allow rapid movement of people and animals, disease can spread more quickly than before and is harder to control than ever. In such a world there is a growing need for trained veterinary epidemiologists at the front line of disease surveillance and control.

This unique programme is delivered jointly by the School and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and is supported by policy makers from the forefront of the UK government. You will learn essential methodological skills for the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and communication of epidemiological studies; and surveillance and disease control in animal and human populations. 


Your areas of study will combine the School’s strengths in epidemiological principles and communicable disease epidemiology, with the RVC’s expertise in veterinary epidemiology, animal health and production. You will also gain a fascinating insight into the work of the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

This programme is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma

For the most up-to-date programme information and entry requirements visit the programme page.


Study Details:

MSc one year full-time or two years by split-study.

Module Details:

Compulsory modules:

  • Extended Epidemiology
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Epidemiology in Practice
  • Epidemiological Aspects of Laboratory Investigation
  • Surveillance of Animal Health & Production
  • Economics of One Health
  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
  • Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
  • Applied Veterinary Epidemiology

Project report

You will complete a research project on a relevant topic of your choice. You will be encouraged to submit a manuscript of your report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Student Destinations

There is a shortage of trained veterinary epidemiologists so there are excellent career opportunities in a variety of organisations involved in disease control, as well as in teaching, research and food-related industries. Graduates hold senior positions within government departments, in research centres and pharmaceutical companies.


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, mathematics or statistics, and relevant postgraduate experience, are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a high level of numeracy skills. Intercalating medical students may apply. 

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