Postgraduate study

International Animal Health (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL), PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev

Awards: MSc, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL), PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study, Part-time

Online learning

I loved the opportunity to interact regularly with vets, lab workers and animal health specialists worldwide.

Caroline Robinson International Animal Health
Caroline Robinson               International Animal Health

Livestock are vital to the lives of millions of people, but endemic and epidemic diseases that affect livestock limit productivity and exacerbate poverty.

The diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people also threaten the health of livestock keepers, their families and their communities. In many developing regions farmers and animal health workers are often ill equipped to deal with this risk.

Building on a solid foundation of biological, immunological, pathological and epidemiological principles, this online MSc will equip you with the skills needed to identify, control and manage animal diseases and the expertise to tackle the international animal health challenges of the 21st Century.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Studying online at Edinburgh

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

Students may study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

Year 1: certificate

  • Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
  • Host Responses to Infection
  • Pathogen Strategies for Transmission and Survival

Year 2: diploma

You will undertake the following compulsory course:

  • Zoonotic disease

Choose one one of the following two courses:

  • Surveillance and control of transboundary diseases affecting international trade
  • An introduction to transboundary diseases and their impact on trade and wildlife populations

Then choose from the following electives (up to 60 credits):

  • Control of economically important parasites
  • New developments in epidemiology and the control of vector borne disease
  • An introduction to vaccinology
  • Wildlife animal health and environment
  • Technology advances in veterinary diagnostics
  • Project planning and decision support for animal disease control
  • Introduction to GIS and spatial data analysis
  • Advanced GIS and spatial epidemiology and modelling
  • An Introduction of Project Cycle Management
  • Globalisation and health
  • The Modern Zoo
  • The Use of Artificial Reproductive Technologies in Threatened Species
  • Pastoralism and herd health
  • Zoonotic diseases in a global setting
  • Socioeconomic Principles for One Health
  • The Nexus of Food Security and Global Health

Year 3: masters

For a masters, you will construct a written reflective element of 10,000–15,000 words.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD)

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Please contact the programme team for more information about available courses and course start dates.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScInternational Animal HealthUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
MScInternational Animal Health3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
PgDip (ICL)International Animal HealthUp to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
PgCert (ICL)International Animal HealthUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
PgCertInternational Animal Health1 YearPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
PgDipInternational Animal Health2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
PgProfDevInternational Animal HealthUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20

This programme has been designed to enhance your career in animal management throughout the world. Many graduates have used the programme as a route to promotion and/or PhD studies.

I am a veterinary surgeon and am particularly involved in disease surveillance. As our climate, environment and transboundary trade are all changing, new risks and opportunities are created which as a profession we need to be in a position to work on effectively.

I loved the opportunity to interact regularly with vets, lab workers and animal health specialists worldwide. Due to the online nature of the programme, my colleagues came from a variety of countries, from every inhabited continent. The online learning programme was excellent, and the flexibility really allowed my studies to fit around my work and home life, but the opportunity to hear directly from an international cohort the unique problems and everyday procedures involved in animal health work in their countries was absolutely invaluable.

I would recommend the format of a part-time online degree to any other busy vets or animal health professionals due to the ability to tailor your study to fit around other commitments. I would also recommend this programme for the opportunity to hear different perspectives from colleagues of many different backgrounds, both professional and geographical.

I think people imagine that online study will involve less interaction with classmates and tutors than regular study, but I have found the opposite – I have got far more value from the interpersonal learning than I imagined when I started the course. Finally, the more formal course content was of high quality and covered my major areas of interest, which was the main attraction to me initially, but the ability to choose modules later in the programme allowed me further opportunities to design the Master’s degree to suit my own needs.

Caroline Robinson, International Animal Health

Student testimonial: Jesse Adama

How does online learning work?

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine, agricultural science, biology or a related science discipline.

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.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScInternational Animal HealthUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
MScInternational Animal Health3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgDip (ICL)International Animal HealthUp to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgCert (ICL)International Animal HealthUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgCertInternational Animal Health1 YearPart-timeTuition fees
PgDipInternational Animal Health2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgProfDevInternational Animal HealthUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Postgraduate Office
  • The Chancellor's Building
  • 49 Little France Crescent
  • Easter Bush
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB
Programme start date Application deadline
14 September 2020 28 August 2020

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Postgraduate Office
  • The Chancellor's Building
  • 49 Little France Crescent
  • Easter Bush
  • Edinburgh
  • EH16 4SB