Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, mathematics or statistics, OR who have relevant postgraduate experience, are all encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a high level of numeracy skills (e.g. A level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree).

Applicants from overseas will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension.

Intercalating students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at LSHTM.

Months of entry


Course content

In a world where global transport links allow rapid movement of people and animals, disease can spread more quickly than ever before – making it harder to control. It’s estimated 70% of new or emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in origin. So it’s a critical need to unravel the complex interplay between animal and human health, rather than studying either in isolation.

Running for over twenty years, this is a joint programme by LSHTM and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). It combines LSHTM's strengths in epidemiological principles and communicable disease epidemiology, with the RVC’s expertise in veterinary epidemiology, disease control and surveillance, economics of one health, and spatial analysis.

The course is also supported by policymakers actively engaged in shaping UK animal health policy. Several of these experts are guest lecturers, bringing frontline epidemiology into the classroom.

Our focus on animal and human epidemiology will help you effectively address the intricate connections between animal and human health. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped to tackle animal and public health challenges on a local, regional, and global scale.

What you will learn

  • Understand the role of epidemiology in animal and human populations and the contribution of epidemiology to other disciplines, in a one health approach
  • Design and evaluate health surveillance, quantitative and qualitative risk assessments, and disease control programmes within animal populations
  • Learn how to design research studies capable of addressing a diverse range of research questions
  • Manage and analyse epidemiological data
  • Assess results of studies including critical appraisal of question, design, methods and conduct, quantitative analysis and interpretation.

Applications for this course are processed by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

This programme is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma.

Find out more about the MSc Veterinary Epidemiology programme on the LSHTM website.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the LSHTM website.
International students
Please see the LSHTM website.

For up to date information on funding available for postgraduate programmes at LSHTM, please visit our website. These pages are updated regularly as new scholarships become available. However, we recommend that students also look into alternative sources of funding. You may also wish to check the RVC website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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