University of Edinburgh: International Animal Health (Online Distance Learning) (MSc/Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert/Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip)

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
Study type Taught


Livestock are vital to the lives of millions of people, but endemic and epidemic diseases that affect livestock limit productivity and exacerbate poverty.

The diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people also threaten the health of livestock keepers, their families and their communities. In many developing regions farmers and animal health workers are often ill equipped to deal with this risk.

This programme draws together expertise from across the University to deliver first-class teaching and research to tackle these issues.

Building on a solid foundation of biological, immunological, pathological and epidemiological principles, this online MSc will equip you with the skills needed to identify, control and manage animal diseases and the expertise to tackle the international animal health challenges of the 21st Century.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

3 course options

Qualification MSc
Level SCQF Level 11
Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine, agricultural science, biology or a related science discipline.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.


Students may study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

Year 1: certificate
Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance
Host Responses to Infection
Pathogen Strategies for Transmission and Survival
Year 2: diploma
You will undertake the following compulsory course:

Zoonotic disease
Choose one one of the following two courses:

Surveillance and control of transboundary diseases affecting international trade
An introduction to transboundary diseases and their impact on trade and wildlife populations
Then choose from the following electives (up to 60 credits):

Control of economically important parasites
Environmental and nutritional diseases of livestock of international importance
New developments in epidemiology and the control of vector borne disease
Veterinary vaccinology
Wildlife animal health and environment
Technology advances in veterinary diagnostics
Animal disease survey design and analysis
Project planning and decision support for animal disease control
Animal healthcare systems in the post-privatisation era
Introduction to health and production of aquatic species
Introduction to GIS and spatial data analysis
Advanced GIS and spatial epidemiology and modelling
An Introduction of Project Cycle Management
Globalisation and health
The Modern Zoo
The Use of Artificial Reproductive Technologies in Threatened Species
Pastoralism and herd health
Zoonotic diseases in a global setting
Socioeconomic Principles for One Health
Year 3: masters
For a masters, you will choose either to conduct a written reflective element of 10–15,000 words or to take Project Cycle Management and Funding Application Preparation.

Contact details

Programme Director (International Animal Health)

Telephone +44 (0)131 242 9379

International Animal Health Programme Director

Telephone +44 (0)131 242 9379

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