Taught course

One Health (Infectious Diseases)

Royal Veterinary College · Royal Veterinary College

Entry requirements

Applicants must have (or expect to receive) a first or upper-second class university honours degree. We invite applications from candidates with degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, animal sciences, social sciences, statistics and economics.

Months of entry


Course content

Emerging diseases of animals and humans have highlighted the threat from changing environmental, ecological, social and agricultural conditions. Significant amongst these are infectious diseases such as highly pathogenic influenza virus H5N1 (Bird flu), pandemic human influenza H1N1 (Swine flu), Ebola and Nipah Virus and SARS coronavirus.

Our unique Master's level course, delivered jointly by the RVC and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is available through both full and part-time study as MSc and diploma. It addresses a broad range of topics under the One Health paradigm. The programme modules include: Integrating One Health, Fundamentals of Infectious Disease, Disease Emergence, Statistics Monitoring and Surveillance, Disease Control in Developing Countries, One Health Economics, Ecological Epidemiology, and Social Drivers of Disease.

Graduates from this programme will have the knowledge and skills provided by experienced scientists in order to be able to respond rapidly and effectively to outbreaks of disease as well as controlling endemic disease at the interface between humans, animals and the environment.

The course will benefit those interested in One Health and disease control particularly in the developing world.

At the end of the course you will be able to:

* Approach problem solving using a transdisciplinary methodology.

* Understand the origin, context and drivers of infectious disease at the human, animal and environment interface.

* Evaluate impacts of multi-host infections on human, animal and ecosystem health, direct, or indirectly via food, vectors or the environment.

* Develop a One Health approach to disease in surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and control.

* Critically review published literature

* Design a research project

The course will provide comprehensive foundation on the principles of diseases in the context of sociological systems, global health and food safety.

The course will provide skills in relation to One Health methodologies, transdisciplinary interactions and in using a systems approach.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to achieve an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test; or a TOEFL score of at least 93 (internet-based test with no element below 23).

Fees and funding

The RVC will be offering bursaries of £2,000-4,000 to outstanding home/EU and overseas students undertaking an MSc in 2014/15. These will be allocated on a highly competitive basis to students applying for a full time place on the MSc. The deadline for consideration of this award is 10th April 2014.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation35 (5000 words)
oral examination on scientific project10

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+ 44 (0)20 7468 5147
+ 44 (0)20 7468 5311