One Health

MPhil / PhD / MD

The One Health approach is increasingly important as appreciation grows that the interactions between people, animals and environment are major determinants of health and well-being, and in particular to pathogen transmission and the diseases caused.

Leading international reputation in infection research, tropical medicine and global health for more than 150 years.

The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health was established to bring together leading medical, veterinary and basic science researchers from across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. It also complements other strengths in Liverpool, including the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine, the Medicines for Children Research Network, and the Wellcome Trust Tropical Centre with its associated PhD programme.

I joined an amazing community of fantastic internationally known researchers in the most relevant areas of infectious diseases. During my PhD at the Institute I had many opportunities to develop both my scientific knowledge and skills as well as my personal capacities such as communication, networking and team working.

Raquel Medialdea-Carrera, One Health PhD student.
  • 150

    years of leading international reputation.

  • 156

    research students.

  • £9.5m

    annual research income.

Research at Liverpool

A One Health approach to infectious disease research is increasingly important as it is becoming156 clear that the interactions between people, animals and environment are major determinants of pathogen transmission. Greater understanding of these interactions will increase our knowledge of the impact of infectious diseases on the health and well-being of both humans and animals.  Within the Institute of Infection & Global Health we are studying the effect of urbanisation, globalisation, climate change, agricultural intensification and encroachment on wildlife habitat on the (re-)emergence of pathogens threatening biodiversity, water and food, and human/animal health.

Research themes

In IGH we study a wide range of important infectious diseases of people and animals, including zoonotic diseases that transmit between animals and people.Our One Health research spans across this broad remit and includes the following areas:

  • Climate Change and Infectious Diseases of Animals
  • Zoonotic disease epidemiology
  • Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network

Research interests

We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including:

  • One Health – the interaction of animal health and production, the environment, and human health and livelihoods – particularly in the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia) through the HORN project .
  • Global change impacts on health – how climate and environmental change impacts on infectious diseases of humans and animals, especially those that are vector-borne
  • Big Data – the use of Big Data in the study of infectious diseases; for example, the EID2 database 
  • The epidemiology, control and biology of zoonotic and emerging diseases in the tropics, particularly East Africa
  • Surveillance for zoonoses (as a group, and for specific neglected zoonotic infections)
  • Disease transmission in agricultural landscapes
  • The collection and epidemiological analysis of large volumes of electronic health data from across the UK, particularly from small companion pet animals through the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network. Particular areas of interest currently include antibiotic use and resistance, the effect of climate on parasite dynamics, and zoonotic infections, but all areas of animal health are covered.

Research groups

One Health research can be carried out in a number of groups within IGH, including:

Study options and fees


The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

Students will normally have a minimum of a 2:1 class honours degree in a relevant biological science subject, or an equivalent medical, veterinary or dental qualification. Applicants are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, qualifications and referees’ reports, together with their perceived ability to complete the programme successfully.


English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

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