Tropical Animal Health (Coursework)

University of Pretoria

24 months
2026 EUR/year
2026 EUR/year
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The degree is offered by the Department of: Veterinary Tropical Diseases. The Tropical Animal Health (Coursework) programme from University of Pretoria is offered as either a research degree or a coursework degree.


Course Description

The coursework MSc (Tropical Animal Health) is a collaborative degree programme, presented jointly by the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases (DVTD) and the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium. 

This degree primarily aims to address an international audience involved in tropical livestock and wildlife health, management and production in support of rural development, also wishing to integrate the impact of the diseases and control activities on the local ecosystems in order to increase knowledge and effectiveness of control strategies. The degree is more geared towards veterinarians and professionals with a background in Animal Health and Zoology, but it may also be of interest to medical professionals who want to broaden their scope. The modular programme is structured in such a way that a learner can, by selecting the appropriate elective and skills modules, achieve a qualification that will support various career paths.

Students are required to confirm whether a module will be presented in any particular year. This enquiry should be directed to the relevant head of department according to the syllabi information provided in the list of modules in this publication.

This degree is offered as a combination of e-learning, face-to-face teaching and a compulsory collaborative induction/field-workshop.It has the following components:
  • A one to two week compulsory induction/field-workshop
  • Compulsory core modules
  • Elective modules (Theory-based and Skills-based)
  • Mini-dissertation
For the Tropical Animal Health (Coursework) programme from University of Pretoria the mini-dissertation will include an oral examination conducted face to face or via video conference. The oral examining panel will include an examiner from each institute (not the supervisor).  A mark will be given which will constitute 10% of the final mini-dissertation mark. The dissertation will also be examined by one internal and one external examiner as stipulated by the UP regulations; a mark will be given which will constitute 90% of the final mini-dissertation mark.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research methodology 
  • Laboratory diagnostics 
  • Basic epidemiology 
  • One health: basic concepts
  • Advanced One Health
  • Advanced one health: public health
  • Animal health management: high impact and emerging diseases 
  • Advanced One Health: policy 
  • Surveillance and survey methodology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Subject to the stipulations of the applicable General Regulations, a BScHons, a four-year BScAgric, BVSc or equivalent degree or a relevant postgraduate diploma (on NQF level 8) is required.
  • Two years of professional experience might be required in certain cases.
Additional Requirements
  • In cases where web-based/online modules are offered, basic computer skills are required in order to successfully participate in the degree programme.
  • In certain cases, it remains the prerogative of the head of department to require, in addition to the entrance requirements, the successful completion of an admissions test before registration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2026 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2026 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2026 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2026 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

From R34 000 to R39 000


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Tropical Animal Health (Coursework)
University of Pretoria