• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Conservation Medicine (Online Distance Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh aims to provide veterinarians with the skills and knowledge required to be effective practitioners of conservation medicine.


The Conservation Medicine (Online Distance Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh is an emerging discipline that studies the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health. 

This programme is designed to address the demand for online training in conservation medicine and provides in-depth training in a modular flexible format, ideal for veterinarians who wish to achieve a world-class award while maintaining busy professional and personal commitments.

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

Career opportunities

Graduates can use their conservation medicine qualification to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and consultancies.

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • Introduction to Conservation Medicine
  • Eco-System Health and Species Conservation
  • Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance for Conservation Medicine

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      MVetSci: 3-6 years PgDip: 4 years PgCert, PgProfDev: 2 years

  • Credits
    50 alternative credits
    PgProfDev: 50 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A UK degree, or its international equivalent, in veterinary medicine.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

    • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
    • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
    • PTE(A): 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

    Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      820 GBP/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 820 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      820 GBP/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 820 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
    We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    Home / EU / Overseas
    • 10 credits £820
    • 20 credits £1,635
    • 60 credits £4,900


    Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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