Royal Veterinary College

Course Introduction

Course covers: the biological principles underpinning wildlife disease and conservation studies; field, conservation and pathological techniques in wild animals; conservation biology including population ecology; epidemiology, diagnosis, pathology and control of wildlife disease, the ecology of infectious agents in wild animal populations and veterinary interventions in wildlife (including social, welfare, ethical and legal aspects); management and sustainable utilisation of captive and free'living wild animals (including husbandry, breeding and nutrition), and the preventive medicine of captive and free'living wild animals; wildlife research methodology.

Course Modules

Year 1: systems and investigative biology; the living cell; the moving animal; inheritance, reproduction and development; basic concepts in immunology; problem definition and investigation; supervised science report. Year 2: the enemy within; the enemy without; pharmacology (principles and practice); from lab to market; research project. Year 3: comparative animal locomotion; advanced skeletal pathobiology; advanced reproduction and development; animal behaviour and welfare; infection and immunity; advanced concepts in biobusiness; wild animal biology; parasitology of tropical human and veterinary disease; comparative models of diseases; endocrine and metabolic syndromes. Year 4: research project.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £17,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher BBBBB
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCE AS-level
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD