Master Conservation Medicine (online study)

The University of Edinburgh

Application deadline: 31 July 2013
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Part-time
Structure: Semi-structured
Attendance: No Attendance

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In response to the increasing recognition of a need for trained veterinarians in this field, this online learning programme is aimed specifically at veterinarians, to provide them with the skills and knowledge required to be effective practitioners of conservation medicine, and to enable them to assist in the development of solutions to ecological health issues.

The programme aims to enable students to:

* acquire knowledge about conservation medicine and the interactions between animal, human and ecosystem health
* acquire specific veterinary skills applicable to conservation medicine
* understand how a conservation medicine approach can be applied in a range of practical situations
* interpret and communicate scientific results and information (in research and other forms of social debate) across other related scientific disciplines and to other stakeholders

Participants will gain the capacity and necessary expertise to contribute effectively to this rapidly growing multidisciplinary field and to enhance career opportunities.

Expert tutors will support you through every stage of the programme and you can engage with fellow students in supportive and constructive online networks.

Your progress will be assessed through online presentations, essays, critical reviews of literature, student self- reflection activities, short answer questions, scientific posters, group wiki events, and peer review activities.
Graduates can use their conservation medicine qualification to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and consultancies.

Students will graduate with an MVetSci (36-72 months study), Diploma (24-48 months study) or Certificate (12-24 months study).


The programme is delivered in an online environment that provides a dynamic and collaborative learning experience. It is taught part time over three years (or up to six years for intermittent study). Each year will consist of three, 11-week terms, structured into two blocks of five weeks of study, with a week in between for independent study and reflection.

Year 1
* Introduction to Conservation Medicine
* Eco-System Health and Species Conservation
* Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance

Year 2
You will study two core courses - Veterinary Techniques and Interventions for Conservation Medicine, and Wildlife Disease Management - plus four optional modules from a choice of ten.

Year 3
During the written reflective element of the programme students will have the opportunity to further develop their scientific skills and utilise scientific theory. This written element allows a choice of either a written dissertation, a casebook relating to relevant professional experience, a personal portfolio of reflective and practical activity, or a short research project.

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