Veterinary Epidemiology



Course introduction

What is the MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology?

In a world where global transport links allow rapid movement of people and animals, disease can spread more quickly than before and is harder to control than ever. In such a world there is a growing need for trained epidemiologists at the front line of disease surveillance.

The UK leads the way in providing this training and, in order to meet the demand for skilled professionals, the RVC has developed a unique postgraduate veterinary epidemiology course, delivered jointly with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

This demanding masters in veterinary epidemiology programme is led by veterinary epidemiologists and supported by policy makers from the forefront of UK government and you will gain a fascinating insight into the work of the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA, formerly AHVLA). Your areas of study will combine LSHTM's strengths in epidemiological principles and communicable disease epidemiology, with the RVC's expertise in veterinary epidemiology, animal health and production.

Why study at the RVC?

Founded in 1791, the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, is a long-established institution with a global reputation for veterinary and biological sciences. Our mission is to provide visionary leadership and excellence in veterinary science through innovative scholarship and pioneering clinical activity. We are the only veterinary school in the world to be accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council.

What will I be able to do with my qualification?

Demand for trained veterinary epidemiologists currently outstrips supply, and there are excellent opportunities in a variety of organisations involved in disease control at national, regional and international level, as well as in teaching, research and various food-related industries.

RVC graduates hold senior positions within government departments in many different countries. Many go on to work alongside the people who have taught them during the previous year. Within the UK, graduates are employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA, formerly AHVLA), as well as in research centres and pharmaceutical companies.



Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 Years - part-time Ucas MSc £5600 Home Fees
2 Years - part-time Ucas MSc £12810 Overseas Fees
2 Years - part-time Ucas MSc £12810 European Fees
1 Years - full-time Ucas MSc £10990 Home Fees
1 Years - full-time Ucas MSc £25410 Overseas Fees
1 Years - full-time Ucas MSc £25410 European Fees


Qualifications required

  • Domestic entry requirements: You must have (or expect to receive) a first or second class honours degree (or equivalent). As this is a multidisciplinary subject, we welcome candidates from many different backgrounds. If you have a degree in veterinary science, biological science, veterinary or human medicine, mathematics or statistics, and relevant postgraduate and veterinary work experience, then we encourage you to apply. If you are working in the state veterinary service and/or are interested in veterinary epidemiology, then our Masters programme will be highly relevant to you.
  • International entry requirements: You must have (or expect to receive) a first or second class honours degree (or equivalent). As this is a multidisciplinary subject, we welcome candidates from many different backgrounds. If you have a degree in veterinary science, biological science, veterinary or human medicine, mathematics or statistics, and relevant postgraduate and veterinary work experience, then we encourage you to apply. If you are working in the state veterinary service and/or are interested in veterinary epidemiology, then our Masters programme will be highly relevant to you. A good working knowledge of scientific English is essential in order to follow the course. All applicants must have an acceptable English Language qualification: IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with minimum 6.5 in each component.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 101