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Veterinary Epidemiology (Online Learning), MSc, PgCert, PgDip

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #20 (QS) Online
This Veterinary Epidemiology (Online Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will equip you with the skills you need to address key global grand challenges. Animal health and disease control are crucial components in key global grand challenges such as food security and climate change.


Be part of a world-leading university

Join our online Veterinary Epidemiology Masters programme and gain a graduate degree from a world-leading university. Veterinary science at Edinburgh is currently ranked 6th among all veterinary departments in the world (QS University Rankings, 2019). Agriculture and veterinary research at the University of Edinburgh has been ranked as the most powerful in the UK (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions). This degree covers the latest research and techniques in veterinary epidemiology, taught by those doing the research.

Develop an in-depth understanding of complex patterns of disease

This Veterinary Epidemiology (Online Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh explores the fundamental processes driving disease transmission, persistence, prevalence and spread. This includes biological processes (such as behaviour, physiology, immunology, and ecology) and environmental and farming management practices (such as husbandry, nutrition, and livestock trade). This enables in-depth understanding of complex environmental patterns of disease, which facilitates prediction of disease risk and control.

By the end of the programme you will not only have a detailed understanding of the biology driving disease persistence and prevalence, but also how the biology scales up from individuals to populations. You will understand how this interacts with agricultural management practices to determine the efficacy of disease control strategies in livestock production. Furthermore, the systems approach offers a way to frame disease challenges and problem solve disease risk at a range of scales - from veterinarians tackling specific outbreaks to predicting the consequences of climate change on disease risk.

Gain the skills that you need to excel in your career

The demand for veterinary epidemiologists is currently greater than the supply. Our multidisciplinary systems approach will provide you with the skills to make significant contributions to tackling disease control and food security in your role as an animal health professional. Our Veterinary Epidemiology MSc has a strong quantitative element, with a focus on dynamic modelling of animal-disease systems, which makes it stand out from other programmes. These quantitative skills are highly valued by employers. The courses are designed specifically for those from non-mathematical backgrounds, and will guide you through the latest quantitative techniques that employers look for.

Programme Structure

  • There are excellent career opportunities for Veterinary Epidemiologists, and a current shortage in graduates with the desired skills.
  • Veterinary Epidemiologist graduates go on to work at a wide range of organisations, including academic institutes, research institutes, international organisations (e.g. DFID, WHO, OIE, FAO), research laboratories, veterinary investigation laboratories, government organisations (e.g. Ministries of Agriculture & Food, US Food and Drug Administration).
  • Our Veterinary Epidemiology MSc focuses on the skills that employers value the most. It has a strong quantitative element, with a focus on dynamic modelling which is a key area in current epidemiological research – this makes our MSc stand out from other programmes. We also emphasise the development of key research skills including experimental design and data analysis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      • MSc: Up to 6 Years
      • PgCert: Up to 4 Years
      • PgDip, PgProfDev: Up to 2 Years
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
    • MSc: 180 credits
    • PgCert: 60 credits
    • PgDip: 120 credits
    • PgProfDev: 50 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Attendance
      No Attendance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary, biological or physical science.
  • 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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    865 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 GBP per module and a duration of 72 months.
  • EU/EEA

    865 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 GBP per module and a duration of 72 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • MSc PT intermittent: 10 credits £865; 20 credits £1,725; 60 credits £5,170
  • PgDip / PgCert / PgProfDev PT intermittent: 10 credits £865; 20 credits £1,725


  • Online Learning Scholarships
  • SRUC alumni discount

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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