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    2.5 Years


In the context of a world with escalating health problems, we must take an integrated approach to health and consider humans, animals, plants and the environment as one connected whole.

The World Health Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the World Organisation for Animal Health and other organisations endorse the concept of One Health. It is all about linking ideas, research and policies from multiple sectors to achieve better health outcomes.

Our Master of Science offers you a chance to be part of the exciting and growing field of One Health. 

Whether you are from a medical, environmental, economic or social science background, at our world-class institution, we will teach you the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to work in a One Health context and help improve health for all.

Our online One Health MSc programme seeks to explore an integrative approach to human, veterinary and ecological health, recognising the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations and the interconnectedness of public health, environmental issues, veterinary and human medicine. 

Throughout the programme, we also raise awareness of cultural and societal factors that influence how One Health approaches are translated into practice.

The University of Glasgow is renowned for its world-changing research and teaching in One Health.

One Health research at the University of Glasgow is vibrant and includes projects that aim to improve surveillance of anthrax in Africa, that work towards the elimination of rabies in Tanzania and that investigate Lyme disease on Uist. Learn more about this and other exciting research here. It is this ongoing research that inspires the innovative, multinational ideas running throughout our multidisciplinary programme.


On successful completion this programme, you will be able to:

  • Recognise and discuss the interdisciplinary nature of the One Health framework.
  • Appraise the interdependence of human, veterinary, public and ecological health.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues and priorities in the field of One Health.
  • Explain emerging disease dynamics and discuss the management of emerging disease threats.
  • Critically discuss the integrated interventions required to improve access to healthcare.
  • Apply a One Health approach to theoretical and/or practical situations.
  • Explain the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of relevant infectious diseases within a One Health framework.
  • Appraise epidemiological approaches used to understand the health of animal and human populations.
  • Interpret and discuss research within a One Health framework.
  • Critically engage with forms of analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues relevant to One Health.
  • Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills practices and thinking in One Health.


The One Health programme is designed for medical and veterinary professionals interested in furthering careers in science, and graduates in other related disciplines intending to work in a One Health framework. 

The courses modular structure gives you the flexibility to choose a line of study to suit your interests or career goals, covering a number of science and health-related fields.

Fuelled by the latest research-led knowledge, this programme is perfect for busy professionals looking to diversify or expand into careers where understanding the bigger picture is key.

Career prospects for graduates of the One Health programme are broad. 

For example, graduates would be qualified to pursue an academic career (PhD) in One Health and associated subjects such as zoonotic diseases, public health, antimicrobial resistance, and health economics, or they may be employed by: 

  • International health organisations (such as the WHO, FAO, OIE) 
  • Local agencies 
  • Government agencies (such as DFID or public health sector) 
  • Non-governmental organisations

Other career paths include working for bio-technology and pharmaceutical companies or scientific journals.


This programme has 60 credits of core courses and 60 credits of optional courses plus a 60 credit dissertation.

The first year of study will explore and examine the value of the One Health framework, explore major techniques to measure health of populations and introduce zoonotic diseases, one of the core subjects of One Health. 

During the second year, you will be able to choose courses in an area of special interest. 

The third year will allow you to gain in-depth knowledge in your area of special interest through a research project.

Throughout each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

The duration of this programme is 2.5 years - 6 years taken on a part-time basis. 

For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • MED5433Introduction to Epidemiology20 Credits

    Explore the major techniques used to measure the health of populations, while considering how poor study design can cause misleading results. The course aims to make you competent at interpreting and critically appraising epidemiological literature and provides a basis for more advanced study of the topic.

  • MED5500Themes in One Health20 Credits

    Introducing the core concepts of One Health. You will find out about key issues in One Health using relevant examples from current research in this area. A major focus will be the interdisciplinary nature of One Health and how disciplines collaborate to contribute to an in-depth understanding of disease dynamics and how emerging disease threats can be addressed.

  • MED5501PDissertation60 Credits

    You’ll complete a substantive piece of independent work involving an analysis of data and/or literature.

  • VETMED5053Zoonotic Diseases20 Credits

    Designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the existence of microbiological, parasitic and other hazards of importance in veterinary public health. You will also learn about the properties of these hazards.

  • BIOL5277Wildlife and Livestock Management20 Credits

    You will examine the management of wildlife and livestock including domestication, the concept of production animals, animal husbandry, wildlife management in zoos and wildlife reserves. This course also covers the essential elements of resource allocation and competition, land-use business models, land tenure systems and human–wildlife conflict.

  • BIOL5306Human Wildlife Conflict20 Credits

    This course examines cases of human-wildlife conflict in detail, with a view to identifying its causes and possible solutions. Cases will be drawn from European and African contexts. You will gain a sound understanding of the common causes of economically or socially significant human-wildlife conflict and environmentally, economically and socially appropriate strategies for addressing these problems.

  • BIOL5315Integrated Infectious Disease Control20 Credits

    Introduce yourself to the concept of integrated infectious disease control. The focus is on a multidisciplinary practical approach to the control of zoonotic infectious diseases. You’ll learn about relevant pathogens and the diseases they cause. You’ll also study host–pathogen relationships along with interventions for treatment, control and prevention. The course will also cover surveillance, development of interventions and evaluation of intervention strategies.

  • BIOL5334Antimicrobial Resistance: A One Health Approach20 Credits

    Critically review the biological and sociological impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including its impact on human health, animal production and the environment. Examine the molecular mechanisms of AMR and explore how AMR has evolved and spread, and how it can be challenged.

  • BIOL5335An Introduction to Global Food Security20 Credits

    Gain an introduction to the major issues in food security and how they relate to human health and nutrition, animal health, and the livestock sector and its environmental impact. You’ll acquire a broad knowledge of the principles underpinning global food security and apply policy and innovative research to explore how to alleviate the issues. 

  • MED5023Health Economics20 Credits

    Delivering the fundamentals of health economics and the practical elements of economic evaluation that are integral to health technology assessment. You will become familiar with the application of economic theory to health and health care issues, the principles of health economics and the techniques of economic appraisal.

  • MED5431Globalisation and Public Health20 Credits

    Provides an analysis of globalisation and its impact on public health by examining the major health-related themes within the globalisation debate. Several major global health challenges and their overall impact on the global burden of disease will be studied.

  • MED5434Principles of Public Health20 Credits

    Covering the meaning of Public Health and the factors that influence health in different settings. This course will also introduce you to specific public health practice and related challenges.

  • MED5499Research Methods20 Credits

    An introduction to the principles and processes involved in designing and conducting research studies in health sciences using systematic reviews, qualitative, quantitative and health economics approaches. The course will prepare you to complete an in-depth research project.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (i.e. Biosciences, Medicine, Veterinary, Public Health, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Economics) from a recognised institution.
  2. If your first language is not English, you must have a valid IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band or an equivalent English language qualification. For more information visit our FAQs page, or contact your recruitment coordinator to discuss your credentials and English language requirements.

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.
  • Official or certified English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s).
  • One reference letter on headed paper.
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English).
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (if detailed above).
  • Up to date Curriculum Vitae and a supporting statement.

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Key Dates International

Application Deadline
Start Date
2 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £15,000*
  • International: £15,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does this programme cost?
Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Fees for NHS-funded students:

939 per 20 credits (Total: 8,451)

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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