One Health PhD / MPhil / 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.

Why study with us?

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.


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.

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.

Our 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 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 groups

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

Study options and fees

MPhil / PhD / MD Duration UK students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,500* (2021) £24,250* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,450* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)
Part time 4-6 years £2,250* (2021) £12,125* (lab based programmes)
£9,225* (non Lab based programmes) (2021)

* This excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^ Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.

If an EU student starts their studies in 2020-21, before 1 August 2021, they will have a fee classification of EU and pay UK fee rates for the duration of this registration. The exception being ROI students, who will continue to be charged fees at the UK fee rate, post 1 August 2021.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

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.


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

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

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