Applications are encouraged from all those with an interest in any aspect of veterinary public health or in industries related to foods of animal origin. You should have an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Occasionally, a Higher National Diploma (or equivalent) with significant experience in a relevant industry that is recognised by the University Court as equivalent to a degree, may be accepted.
Months of entry
This is the only programme offering a Master in Veterinary Public Health in Scotland and students enrol in January each year.
- The University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine is pre-eminent in teaching, research and clinical provision, and attracts students, researchers and clinicians from around the world.
- Our internationally accredited school provides an expert referral centre via the Small Animal Hospital, the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital and the Scottish Centre for Production Animal Health & Food Safety.
- In the recent Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014), the Grade Point Average for Glasgow's veterinary and animal health research activity was ranked top amongst the UK veterinary schools.
- The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has accredited the different courses in the Veterinary Public Health degree programme.
- You will have access to our virtual abattoir’, created to meet the need for veterinary students and others to understand the processes which take place in the slaughter of food animals for human consumption. Access to abattoirs for training purposes is increasingly difficult and the virtual abattoir takes you through each step of the process in order to maximise understanding and to ensure that you obtain most benefit from actual visits or work experience.
- You will have the opportunity to visit several establishments in the course of the Veterinary Public Health programme. These include Scotbeef Abattoir and processing facility, Stirling Livestock Market, Scottish Water and the Microbiological reference laboratory. Guest lectures are given by representatives from some of these companies.
- You will be taught by academics who are considered to be producing work that is world-leading.
The programme comprises of six taught courses and a final dissertation. Each taught course consists of a one-week intensive component designed to familiarise you with your tutors, subject matter and peers followed by directed reading and assessed assignment.
Taught courses are offered on a monthly basis, i.e. one course per month and full attendance will be required during this time. The remainder of each course is completed by web-supported distance education.
All courses and assignment work are taught and assessed by members of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Health Protection Scotland and City of Glasgow College.
- Global veterinary medicine
- Zoonoses and infectious disease
- Veterinary epidemiology: quantitative methods
- Hygienic production of food (I)
- Hygienic production of food (II)
- Veterinary epidemiology: methods in surveillance and filed investigation.
Graduates with the MVPH degree will be highly qualified and employable for a range of positions from industry through public health practice to government agency.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- MVLS MVPH