Veterinary Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

In a world where global transport links allow rapid movement of people and animals, disease can spread more quickly than ever before – making it harder to control. It’s estimated 70% of new or emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic in origin. So it’s a critical need to unravel the complex interplay between animal and human health, rather than studying either in isolation. Running for over twenty years, this is a joint programme by LSHTM and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). It combines LSHTM's strengths in epidemiological principles and communicable disease epidemiology, with the RVC’s expertise in veterinary epidemiology, disease control and surveillance, economics of one health, and spatial analysis. The course is also supported by policymakers actively engaged in shaping UK animal health policy. Several of these experts are guest lecturers, bringing frontline epidemiology into the classroom. Our focus on animal and human epidemiology will help you effectively address the intricate connections between animal and human health. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped to tackle animal and public health challenges on a local, regional, and global scale. What you will learn:

  • Understand the role of epidemiology in animal and human populations and the contribution of epidemiology to other disciplines, in a one health approach
  • Design and evaluate health surveillance, quantitative and qualitative risk assessments, and disease control programmes within animal populations
  • Learn how to design research studies capable of addressing a diverse range of research questions
  • Manage and analyse epidemiological data
  • Assess results of studies including critical appraisal of question, design, methods and conduct, quantitative analysis and interpretation.
This course is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma.


Term 1 compulsory modules: Extended Epidemiology (LSHTM); Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (LSHTM); Principles of Epidemiology and Surveillance (RVC); Research Skills and Epidemiological Aspects of Laboratory Investigation (RVC). Term 2: Students take the following three compulsory modules: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology (LSHTM); Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (LSHTM); Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases (LSHTM). Students also choose one elective module from the following options: Economics of One Health (RVC); Spatial Analysis in Epidemiology (RVC). Term 3: Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (RVC); Project Report (MSc only).

Assessment method

Assessed by a project report. For full assessment information, please see the module specifications.

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, OR who have 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. Please visit our website for full entry requirements for the MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology, including English Language requirements if English is not your first language.

Fees and funding

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Sponsorship information

Information on all the scholarships we offer can be found on our fees and funding webpages. These pages are updated regularly as new scholarships become available. However, we recommend that students also look into alternative sources of funding.

Veterinary Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS