Postgraduate study

Conservation Medicine (Online Learning) MVetSci, PgDip (ICL), PgCert (ICL), PgProfDev

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

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding opportunities

I wanted something that looked at a global approach - what are they doing, what are their policies, what are their protocols? So this course is going to help me a lot to design my strategies to work better for my animals, in my country.

Nidhi Rajput MVetSci Conservation Medicine student
Nidhi Rajput               MVetSci Conservation Medicine student

Conservation Medicine is an established field that continues to evolve as we develop our ability to study the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health. It emerged in the 1990s as a response to the need for a more holistic and interdisciplinary approach to the conservation of biodiversity. In particular, the importance of health in many conservation issues was widely recognised. With its foundation in the principles of conservation biology, Conservation Medicine incorporates contributions from the health sciences, ecology and the social sciences. It may be regarded as the application of One Health to the conservation of biodiversity.

This programme provides veterinarians with the skills, knowledge and global networks required to become effective practitioners of Conservation Medicine. It is an online programme and the flexible and part-time format allows participants to achieve a world-class award while maintaining busy professional and personal commitments.

Suitable applicants will be qualified veterinarians with an interest in conservation, wildlife health and ecological health. It is suitable for veterinarians without any wildlife experience as well as those already working in conservation. Participants will gain enhanced career opportunities in academia, non-governmental organisations, government veterinary positions and captive or free-ranging wildlife conservation projects, as well as being better able to drive the development of novel career pathways as this field continues to evolve in response to the complexity of the conservation challenges we face.

As an online programme, the flexible and part-time format allows participants to achieve a world-class award while maintaining busy professional and personal commitments.

Our online learning technology is supported by our investment in our Digital Education Unit who have extensive experience of pedagogy in today’s age of digital connection. They work closely with the teaching staff to deliver a fully interactive, award-winning experience that enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

In the national Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2019), we received a 92% satisfaction rating from our students that we believe reflects the quality of the experience we strive to provide.

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

The teaching provides a blend of theoretical and practical education to provide the foundation for a career in conservation. A variety of innovative techniques and approaches to teaching are used including online lectures, case studies, discussion forums and personal or group activities. Participants will have a unique opportunity to learn from internationally recognised specialists, both within the University of Edinburgh and from local and international organisations.

Studying online at Edinburgh

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

The MVetSci Conservation Medicine programme is delivered part-time by Online Learning (OL), over a maximum period of six years.

The programme is modular in structure, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied. In addition to the three compulsory courses specified for the certificate, you may tailor your selection of elective courses according to your needs, interests and career ambitions. These courses can be chosen from across a number of programmes offered across the University of Edinburgh, providing you with a breadth of options. You are required to complete a sufficient number of course credits to be awarded the certificate (60 credits), the diploma (120 credits) or the MSc (180 credits).

You may undertake the programme by Intermittent Study (flexible progression route), accruing credits within a maximum time limit of six years for the MVetSci. For students wishing to study for the Certificate, the maximum time period for this is 2 years and for those undertaking the Diploma as well, the maximum time period for this is 4 years. You have 12 months to complete the final written dissertation element.

In summary, times for completion are as follows:

Postgraduate Professional Development

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, currently, 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.

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
MVetSciConservation MedicineUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
PgDip (ICL)Conservation MedicineUp to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
PgCert (ICL)Conservation MedicineUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20
PgProfDevConservation MedicineUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyProgramme structure 2019/20

Graduates can expect to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and consultancies, government veterinary positions and captive or free-ranging wildlife conservation projects, as well as being better able to drive the development of novel career pathways as this field continues to evolve in response to the complexity of the conservation challenges we face.

A degree in veterinary medicine (BVM&S, Veterinary Medicine or equivalent).

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
MVetSciConservation MedicineUp to 6 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgDip (ICL)Conservation MedicineUp to 4 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgCert (ICL)Conservation MedicineUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees
PgProfDevConservation MedicineUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees

The University of Edinburgh offers a small number of scholarships to outstanding candidates. These are very competitive. We publish data on the success rate for scholarship applications to help you understand the level of demand.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • Easter Bush
  • Edinburgh
  • EH25 9RG
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

  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • Easter Bush
  • Edinburgh
  • EH25 9RG