With the rapid movement of people around the world these days, disease can move much more quickly before and is harder to control than ever. In such a world, there is a growing need for veterinary epidemiologists who stand on the front line of disease surveillance.
The UK leads the way in this training. In order to meet the demand for skilled professionals, the RVC has developed a unique course, combining the strengths of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in epidemiological principles and communicable disease epidemiology, and the RVC’s expertise in aspects of animal health and production.
Participants learn from veterinary epidemiologists and policy makers working at the heart of UK government. Students get to learn from the valuable first-hand experience of Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) staff.
Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of veterinary epidemiology we accept graduates in veterinary science and veterinary medicine, as well as those with biology, maths or statistics degrees.
Applicants must have (or expect to receive) a first or second class university honours degree.
Applications are encouraged from candidates with degrees in Veterinary Science, Biological Sciences, Statistics, Veterinary or Human Medicine and Mathematics.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension. They will be required to achieve an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test; or a TOEFL score of at least 93 (internet-based test with no element below 23).
The RVC will be offering bursaries of £2000 to contribute towards living expenses to outstanding home/EU and overseas students undertaking an MSc in 2013/14 . These will be allocated on a highly competitive basis to students applying for a full time place on the MSc. Deadline for consideration of this award is the 15th March 2013 and students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must submit a bursary application form along with details of their UK Pass online application.
Career Development Loans
Career Development Loans are available to all EU nationals. To qualify for a CDL you must be ordinarily resident in Great Britain (i.e. England, Scotland or Wales) and have an unlimited right to remain in the United Kingdom (UK).
Commonwealth DFID Shared Scholarship Scheme
The Shared Scholarship is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from DFID), the Royal Veterinary College, as part of the British aid programme to developing countries.
In 2013/14, three awards are available to applicants for the MSc Wild Animal Health/Biology, MSc Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals and MSc Veterinary Epidimiology. Funding covers full costs of an award holder's study in the UK (fees) including airfares.
Deadline for consideration of this scholarship is the 15th March 2013 and overseas students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must have submitted an RVC DFID application form and a UKPass online application to the Graduate School by this date.
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