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The award

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 9170

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 22150

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About MSc Veterinary Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

MSc Veterinary Epidemiology

Also available as a Postgraduate Diploma


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 veterinary epidemiologists at the front line of disease surveillance and control.

This unique programme is delivered jointly by the School and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and is supported by policy makers from the forefront of the UK government. You will learn essential methodological skills for the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and communication of epidemiological studies; and surveillance and disease control in animal and human populations.

Your areas of study will combine the School’s strengths in epidemiological principles and communicable disease epidemiology, with the RVC’s expertise in veterinary epidemiology, animal health and production. You will also gain a fascinating insight into the work of the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Career opportunities

There is a shortage of trained veterinary epidemiologists so there are excellent career opportunities in a variety of organisations involved in disease control, as well as in teaching, research and food-related industries. Graduates hold senior positions within government departments, in research centres and pharmaceutical companies.

Compulsory modules:

Extended Epidemiology
Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
Epidemiology in Practice
Epidemiological Aspects of Laboratory Investigation
Surveillance of Animal Health & Production
Economics of One Health
Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases
Applied Veterinary Epidemiology

Project report

You will complete a research project on a relevant topic of your choice. You will be encouraged to submit a manuscript of your report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time or two years by split-study.

Location: London

Programme directors: Dr Ellen Fragaszy (LSHTM), Dr Julian Drewe (RVC)

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9170International course feesGBP 22150
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 4585International course feesGBP 11075

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, mathematics or statistics, and relevant postgraduate experience, are all encouraged to apply.  Applicants are expected to have a high level of numeracy skills (e.g. A Level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree).

Applicants from overseas will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension.

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your veterinary or medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

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