Taught course

Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health

University of London · University of London

Entry requirements

MSc: you will need the equivalent of a UK second-class honours degree (e.g. bachelor) in a relevant subject from an acceptable institution.

Relevant subjects include veterinary science, biological sciences or medicine. (We will consider other disciplines if we believe they offer suitable preparation for the programme.)

PGDip / PGCert / 240-hour modules: an appropriate degree, professional or technical qualification and work experience that we deem appropriate.

English Language requirements

You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each sub-test.
  • TOEFL iBT: 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing, and 20+ in speaking and listening.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

Months of entry


Course content

If you’re an animal health specialist, an epidemiologist or a public health specialist, this programme provides an understanding of veterinary epidemiology and public health.

MSc, PGDip, PGCert and Individual modules can be studied via distance learning.

This programme helps you develop skills for disease modelling and for devising strategies to combat chronic farm animal disease.

Learn about the use of economic concepts in animal health, and apply herd-health programmes to maximise economic returns from animal production.

Course structure and modules

By taking this programme, you will challenge perceptions of what constitutes safe food production, make objective judgements about contemporary issues such as antibiotic resistance, and develop the skills you need for epidemiological investigations.

  • MSc: You complete 7 modules (3 core, 4 options).
  • PGDip: You complete 4 modules (2 core, 2 options).
  • PGCert: You complete 2 core modules.

CPD options

You can study individual courses of this degree (240-hour modules) for CPD purposes. If you complete one successfully, you can apply to transfer onto the degree programme.

There is also a range of shorter 50-hour and 35-hour modules.

See our website for the full range of modules

Information for international students

Academic leadership

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK’s longest established veterinary school and one of the most highly regarded institutions of its kind in Europe. It has over 1,500 students enrolled on its programmes and four state-of-the-art teaching and referral hospitals, providing services to the public and the veterinary profession.

Fees and funding

UK students
MSc £13490
International students
MSc £13490

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

Royal Veterinary College staff members and alumni receive a 10% bursary off fees for this programme (excluding resit fees).

See scholarships and bursaries on University of London website. Commonwealth scholarships are offered annually.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-60 months months

Course contact details

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