Online learning programmes
Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

Flexible online study in human, animal and ecosystem health

Through our flexible online programmes, we bridge disciplines and continents to help you develop the skills, knowledge and resilience you need to tackle some of the world's most pressing health challenges.

Whether you are passionate about advancing human medicine, veterinary practice or conservation, our range of programmes offers a unique platform to strengthen your expertise without stepping away from your professional commitments.

Under the guidance of world-class educators and researchers at one of the world’s top 50 universities, you’ll not only gain rigorous academic grounding but also become part of a vibrant community committed to excellence and innovation.

Explore our diverse programmes and find out how you can contribute to global health transformation, all while advancing your career and expanding your professional network.

Extraordinary careers are shaped here.

What our students think

Video: Global and Public Health Video
Global and Public Health landing page video featuring online students from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

Why study with us?

  • Flexibility: Our programmes are delivered part-time. Depending on your needs and level of commitment, you can choose to take a masters, or a shorter degree such as a PG Diploma or a PG Certificate. Shorter courses lasting around 5-10 weeks are also available. All our programmes are part-time. Learn more about our flexible study options.
  • Prestige and reputation: The University of Edinburgh enjoys a global reputation as one of the world's best research universities. We are currently ranked  1st in the UK for Veterinary Medicine for the 5th year running, and 1st in the UK for Medicine (The Guardian Best UK Universities Guide 2022).
  • Supportive learning environment:  You will be supported by a team of experts, interactive learning platforms and a global community of learners.
  • Learn from the best: Our programmes are led by experts in their fields, who are active researchers as well as practitioners. Our programmes are constantly evolving to reflect developments in research and practice.

"It has provided me with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue further research opportunities."

"The MSc has provided me with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue further research opportunities. It also resulted in two publications in a high impact journal and the offer of a position in a major research project."

Lyndsay, MSc Primary Care Ophthalmology

Ranked in the top 2 percent of universities worldwide.

University rankings

The University of Edinburgh is ranked 27th in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2025, which places the University in the top 2% of higher education institutions worldwide.

According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024, we’re also ranked:

    9th in the world for veterinary science.     Joint 19th in the world for anatomy and physiology.     22nd in the world for medicine.

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine rankings and key facts

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) Results 2023

85% overall satisfaction, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2023

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine has performed well in the annual PTES results.

CMVM earned an 85% overall satisfaction rate, with 92% of respondents saying their course enhanced their academic ability.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to study when, where and how I can."

Kristna teaching medicine to students

"What I like best about the programme is its flexibility and accessibility. With my unpredictable work schedule, I am grateful for the opportunity to study when, where and how I can."

Kristna, MSc Clinical Education

Chat to current students

You can chat to some of our current online students using the Unibuddy app below.

Feel free to ask them questions about the programme and find out if an online degree is the right thing for you.

Unibuddy - Chat to our students

Online Masters in Food and Agriculture

Student Vlog

Video: Day in the life of an online student
Kirsten from our MSc Equine Science reveals what an average day looks like for her.

Find out what an average day in the life of one of our online students looks like.

Meet the Team

Find out more about some of the staff behind our online programmes by clicking on the links below. 

MSc Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health

MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour

MSc Data Science in Health and Social Care

MSc Equine Science

ChM Urology

MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia

For more Q&As, tutor profiles and staff news, visit our Postgraduate Life blog