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Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Epidemiology Veterinary Services Health Promotion

Course type


Course Summary

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.

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.

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

The programme is offered by distance learning and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study independently, at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines), using the study materials provided.

Study materials

We will provide study materials developed by academics at the Royal Veterinary College. Your materials will include a module pack, comprising of a study guide and specially selected readings. For some modules, materials are available via the Virtual Learning Environment only.

When you register, we will provide access to both the Royal Veterinary College’s Virtual Learning Environment (RVC Learn) and your personal RVC email account:

RVC Learn provides access to academic tutorials, study materials, previous exam papers and student discussion forums.
Online tutorials provide the opportunity to ask questions of RVC academics and you are strongly advised to plan for these sessions. Typically, two scheduled, online tutorials, are offered throughout the academic year Feb to Sept) and run for one week.
The RVC library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated help desk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Academics will offer feedback, along with a numerical mark on two written assignments and the highest mark will count towards your overall assessment. Academic feedback helps you to reach high standards and support your preparation for exams.


The assessment for each module includes a three-hour written examination which takes place in October (80% of the mark) and you submit up to two written assignments, from which the highest mark will count towards the overall module assessment (20%).

The optional Research Project (MSc only) is assessed through a research paper, written in the style required by an identified scientific journal (80%) and an oral examination (20%).

You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world.

You can also exit with Pgdip and PgCert awards.

Different course options

Study mode



5 years

Start date

Contact University


This module will provide you with an overview of analytical methods relevant in the context of animal disease control and livestock production. It will give you a basic introduction to statistical analysis, and a fairly comprehensive overview of veterinary epidemiology and animal health economics. By the end of this module you should be able to: conduct basic statistical analyses through the application of parametric and nonparametric methods apply relevant descriptive epidemiological measures explain the methods used to design and analyse epidemiological studies integrate quantitative knowledge of diagnostic test uncertainty into diagnostic decision making conduct basic economic analyses of animal health problems at farm level and national project level critically review publications addressing cause–effect relationships

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

MSc degree: Either a second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a scientific subject, veterinary, animal science, agriculture, biological sciences, or medicine. Or a second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a scientific discipline which has included suitable training. 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. PGDip / PGCert / 240-hour modules: an appropriate degree, professional or technical qualification and work experience that we deem appropriate.

Department profile

Why University of London The University of London has a global reputation for research and teaching excellence, with University of London degrees being highly regarded by employers, professional bodies and fellow institutions alike. The MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health programme is delivered online by the Royal Veterinary College, one of the 17 member institutions that make up the University of London. The RVC has been ranked...more