Taught course

Veterinary Public Health

University of Glasgow · School of Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

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. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This is the only programme offering a Master in Veterinary Public Health in Scotland.

Why Glasgow

  • Veterinary Medicine research at Glasgow is ranked top in Scotland and joint top in the UK in the most recent independent survey of research quality, the RAE 2008.
  • The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has accredited the different courses in the 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 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.

Programme Structure

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Project work and team work will be enhanced by UK study trips.

The programme comprises of six courses and a final dissertation. Each course consists of a one-week intensive residential component designed to familiarise you with your tutors, subject matter and peers, followed by directed reading and assessed assignments.

Taught modules are offered in three blocks of two courses. This means you are only required to be resident in Glasgow for three two-week periods during the programme. 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.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0; ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20. CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169 CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169. PTE Academic: 60; no sub-test less than 59

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 or 36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mr William Steele / Ms Nan Lawless