Royal Veterinary College

Course Introduction

The course aims to recognise the relationship between health and disease at the human, animal and environment interfaces and has become an important focus in both medical and veterinary science. It promotes a “whole of society” treatment of health hazards and a systemic change of perspective in the management of risk. The MSc may be completed full'time in one year or part time over two to three years, and consists of eight taught modules and a research project. The Diploma is shorter (eight modules with no research project component) and may be completed in two terms.

Course Modules

Modules include: Introduction; endemic diseases; emerging diseases; animal health economics; prevention of infectious diseases; applied risk and assessment management; contingency planning and communication.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
2 years
Part Time
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

Qualifications required:

  • We invite applications from candidates with degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, animal sciences, social sciences, statistics and economics. If you are interested in this field, but do not have the relevant background, please speak with the course directors who can consider such cases on an individual basis.
  • Applicants from non-exempt countries will be required to achieve an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test. Accepted alternatives to IELTS can be found on our website: