Postgraduate taught 

One Health & Infectious Disease MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Link between human health and animal health

This MSc programme in One Health & Infectious Disease seeks to explore an integrative approach to human, veterinary and ecological health, with a special focus on infectious disease. This programme recognises the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations to improve health for all. Economic considerations and policy making to translate One Health research into practice are also considered. Furthermore, the programme aims to raise awareness of cultural and societal factors that influence how One Health interventions are planned, developed, and evaluated.

  • Online distance learning
  • Academic contact: Christina Naula
  • Teaching start: September
  • Online
  • MSc: 36 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12 months part‑time

Why this programme

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the global threat of infectious disease. Other global crises that amplify this threat are increasing antimicrobial resistance and climate change. These are predicted to increase the emergence, incidence and difficulty treating infectious diseases in the future. These, and many other interacting factors, are examined in our MSc programme in One Health & Infectious Disease to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to the study of infectious diseases.

As an online learner, you will be able to experience outstanding, inclusive, and accessible education without the need for relocation.

  • Our online MSc One Health & Infectious Disease 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 and veterinary and human medicine.
  • One Health is endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), as outlined in the Quadripartite One Health Joint Plan of Action (2022-26).
  • The University of Glasgow is renowned for its world-changing research and teaching in One Health. Examples include the world-leading research into eliminating rabies, the surveillance of anthrax in Africa, and ecological factors of Lyme disease in the Outer Hebrides. It is this ongoing research that inspires the innovative, multinational ideas running throughout our multidisciplinary programme.
  • By enrolling in the One Health & Infectious Disease programme at Glasgow, you’ll build an understanding of the interconnectedness of public health, medicine, veterinary medicine and ecology. You’ll find out about disease threats and how One Health approaches can be applied to surveillance, prevention and control of infectious diseases, including emerging/re-emerging infections.
  • Throughout the Master’s in One Health & Infectious Disease online programme, we also raise awareness of cultural and societal factors that influence how One Health approaches are translated into practice.
  • We welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds, including medical and veterinary professions, biosciences, environmental sciences and economics.
  • 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.


Why study online?

  • Visit our MSc in One Health & Infectious Disease taster course to experience our virtual learning environment and enjoy a short introduction to the subject.
  • Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to experience the outstanding education we are known for without the need for relocation.
  • Flexible learning can be done at any time to fit in with other commitments. Speak to us about flexible learning options.
  • Most communication is via discussion boards on our virtual learning environment, so you can reply at a time that suits you, fitting in with time zones and work commitments.
  • Our learning resources are presented asynchronously.
  • Occasionally, we organise live sessions. These are recorded in case you can’t make it.
  • Your learning can be accessed on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone via the internet. 
  • We provide software to assist you, such as Office 365.
  • Your MVLS Digital Education Team provides support with technology issues by email or video chat.   
  • Flexible payment options are available. You don't have to pay everything upfront.
  • Be part of a global community of learners.
  • You do not need to have experience of studying online, you will be guided on how to access and use all of our online resources.
  • Access Library e-resources remotely at any time. This includes an extensive catalogue of e-books and journals, searchable from the library homepage.


Programme structure

This programme is online and flexible and is offered on a part-time basis only. This degree is structured to allow sequential progression via PG Certificate (PgCert), PG Diploma (PgDip) and MSc phases. It is also possible to undertake the PgCert or PgDip as exit qualifications. Provided you meet academic requirements, you can initially enrol on to the PgCert and progress on to the PgDip and/or the MSc. Taken on a part-time basis, the duration of this programme is 2.5 to 6 years depending on the credential obtained.

The first year of study will explore and examine the value of the One Health framework, introduce policy making in a One Health and global context and introduce zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases. 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 or dissertation project.

The One Health & Infectious Disease programme comprises:

  • PgCert - Year 1: four 10 credit compulsory courses and one 20 credit compulsory course.
  • PgDip - Year 2: one 20 credit compulsory courses plus two 20 credit optional courses
  • MSc - Year 3: one 60 credit dissertation / project


Year 1


Year 2

One core course in semester one:

A choice of four optional courses in semester two:

A choice of two optional courses in the Summer:

Year 3

The programme is delivered fully online using a range of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, asynchronous discussion boards, tutorials, and team-based work.

You will have the flexibility to tailor the subject of many of your assessments and final dissertation to disciplines or specialisms that are relevant and of interest to you and/or your future career.

The online and part-time nature of this programme, and the flexibility this route offers, makes it ideally suited to individuals in full-time employment.

Although the programme is flexible, there is an expectation that students will contribute 20 hours weekly to discussion fora, activities, etc.

"Content covered in modules such as zoonotic disease, epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance has already begun to inform my approach to practicing veterinary medicine, and I am currently exploring how I might grow on the foundations provided by the course further." James Carrier, Online MSc One Health student

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.

Career prospects

This programme supports individuals to develop knowledge, skills and graduate attributes that will help them to prepare for specialised or leadership roles in academia, private industry, and international organisations, such as the WHO, WOAH or UNEP.

The programme provides a platform for students to move into the field of research, with the potential for individuals to continue studying towards a PhD in One Health and associated subjects such as zoonotic diseases, public health, antimicrobial resistance, and health economics.

We have a dedicated team in our careers service waiting to help you when you graduate. Learn more about our career's service. 

Graduates may also be employed by:

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

Other career paths include science communication and education.

"It has been refreshing to think outside the confines of daily professional experiences. The academic focus has stimulated me to strengthen my critical thinking and reasoning, and the breadth of the study has changed and broadened my perspectives – I think this is very important." Judith Taggart, Online One Health student

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2024-25


UK / EU / International:

  • £15,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits.


UK / EU / International:

  • £10,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits.


UK / EU / International:

  • £5,000 (total cost)

You can pay in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits.

NHS-funded students

Fees for students funded by the NHS (after NHS discount):

  • £11,130 (total cost for MSc)
  • £7,420 (total cost for PGDip)
  • £3,710 (total cost for PGCert)
  • £1,237 per 20 credits

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Funding opportunities

UK Study Online Scholarship

The UK Study Online scholarship is open to UK, EU and international students taking online undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Please see UK Study Online for more details.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

To be accepted for this programme, you must have:

  • 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.

When submitting your application, please include:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A supporting statement

Please request information to speak to our team if your qualification is not listed and you would like to discuss your eligibility for our postgraduate One Health programme.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test
  • IELTS One Skill Retake accepted.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

TOEFL (ibt, mybest or athome)

  • 79; with Reading 13; Listening 12; Speaking 18; Writing 21
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements , this includes TOEFL mybest.

Pearsons PTE Academic

  • 59 with minimum 59 in all subtests
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Oxford English Test

  • Oxford ELLT 7
  • R&L: OIDI level no less than 6 with Reading: 21-24 Listening: 15-17
  • W&S: OIDI level no less than 6.

Trinity College Tests

  • Integrated Skills in English II & III & IV: ISEII Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

Computer requirements for studying online

Broadband internet connection

  • 3 mbps or higher

Internet Browsers

Our online learning platform Moodle is compatible with any standards compliant web browser. This includes:


  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer


  • MobileSafari
  • Google Chrome

For the best experience and optimum security, we recommend that you keep your browser up to date. 

Javascript needs to be enabled within your browser

Please note: legacy browsers with known compatibility issues with Moodle 3.3 are:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and below
  • Safari 7 and below

Computer specifications

  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating system (minimum):
    • Microsoft Windows Vista service pack 1
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • Memory: 3GB of RAM or more
  • Hard disk: 300GB
  • Sound card and microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher

Mobile device specifications

  • iOS: latest (Apple Safari & Google Chrome)
  • Android: 4.4+ with latest Google Chrome

Other software

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Media player e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC
  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .html, .txt, .rft, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .hwp)
  • Anti-virus software

Advised hardware / software

  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Headset (ideally with a USB connector)
  • Webcam

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

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


As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • 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 English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • An English language certificate/evidence of your English language ability may be required
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (non-EU students only)

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.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application, you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

Please ensure all documents are correctly named and are uploaded before you submit your application to prevent any delays with your file.

All documentation must be attached to your online application, but please remember your student recruitment coordinator is here to support you by reviewing it before you upload it, so feel free to send them over to your student recruitment coordinator before you submit your application. 

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible. 
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Online taught masters degrees begin in January, April and September. 
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript. It is important to upload official copies of your transcripts and certificates for your full academic history, from Undergraduate onwards. For example, if you have a bachelors and a masters degree, you must send documents from both degrees. 
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.


Application deadlines

  • Applications for this online programme will be accepted until it starts
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