One Health (Veterinary) MPhil/PhD

Major code: OVMR (MPhil), OVPR (PhD)


The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (EPH) aims to understand and model the behaviour of pathogens in populations and communities of animals and humans, the spread of antimicrobial resistance, the determinants of pathogen distributions in space and time, and how, in our rapidly changing world, these may change in the future.

Subject Overview

Improving our understanding of the determinants of disease and the behaviour of pathogens in human and animal populations is essential for the development of effective control methods. The control of animal diseases is important to maintain their welfare, ensure food security and improve human health: nearly 70%of new human infections arise from animals. The world is changing rapidly, leading to the spread of old diseases and emergence of new ones; methods are needed to understand and predict these changes, so that measures can be taken in advance. 

The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health has four main research themes: Animal Health; Environment and Health; Society and Health; and Food Safety and Zoonoses.

Subject Outline

This degree is designed for research training. You may need to supplement your knowledge in specific areas with formal coursework, but this would be ancillary to the research aspects of the degree. It does not supply clinical training. The degree of MPhil is awarded after a study period of at least one year full-time or at least two years part-time.