This Disease in Livestock Ecosystems: Dynamics and Control MSc at The University of Edinburgh teaches students about the fundamental drivers of disease dynamics in livestock and wildlife systems. It focusses on the influence of biological processes (e.g. host behaviour, physiology, ecology) and environmental and management practices (e.g. husbandry, nutrition, livestock trade). This will enable students to identify drivers of disease outbreaks, and have an impact on animal health, welfare and productivity in their own region, through helping prevent/control disease outbreaks at the broader scale rather than on a case by case basis.
We will provide the latest research in disease systems, and facilitate the application of this knowledge in the students’ own areas. This ‘bottom up’ disease systems approach offers in-depth understanding of complex infection patterns seen in livestock and wildlife host communities and the environment, which improves prediction of disease risk and control. We combine experimental and empirical observation with mathematical modelling to follow the numbers of parasites and pathogens flowing through livestock production systems.
The R(D) SVS and SRUC partnership creates the greatest concentration of research power in veterinary and agricultural sciences in the UK. This new distance learning course draws on this wealth of experience and research activity.
Year one comprises of four compulsory courses. Each 20 credit course is taught over a period of ten weeks, and 10 credit courses are taught over 5 weeks. Completion of the first year will lead to a Certificate:Core courses
Year two consists of two compulsory core courses and four elective courses, totaling 60 credits. Again, each 10-credit course is taught over a period of five week. Completion of the second year will lead to a Diploma.Core courses
The final year consists of a dissertation project of 10,000-15,000 words (60 credits). Completion of a dissertation will lead to a Masters. Supervision for this element of the programme will be provided by existing research staff and subject experts currently employed by SRUC and the University of Edinburgh. Candidates will also be encouraged, where appropriate, to work closely with senior staff at their home institutions.
Vets, conservationists, NGO-employees and those working in agricultural environments.
Professor Mike Hutchings
Dr Spiridoula Athanasiadou
Dr Lesley Smith
Dr Naomi Fox
Dr Ross DavidsonAngela Harding
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A veterinary degree, or a degree in a natural (biological or physical) science, such as:
Those working within one of the key topic areas, but who do not have a relevant degree (stated above), may also be considered.
Once successfully on the programme, completion of the four core courses is a pre-requisite for progression to subsequent courses.English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.
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