Postgraduate taught 

One Health MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

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One Health links ideas, research and policies from multiple sectors in order to achieve better health outcomes. The online One Health degree from the University of Glasgow will equip you with the skills necessary to elevate care in the areas of human, veterinary and ecological health. 

Online learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to experience the outstanding education we are known for without the need for relocation.

  • Duration: MSc in One Health 30 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 12 months part‑time

Why this programme

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2nd IN UK FOR VETERINARY MEDICINE

  • Ranked in the top 10 for Veterinary Medicine by Complete University Guide 2023.
  • The University of Glasgow is renowned for its world-changing research and teaching in One Health.
  • The University is ranked in the world top 20 for Veterinary Science by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.
  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Veterinary Medicine by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
  • Endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE) and other organisations, the concept of One Health recognises the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations. 
  • By enrolling in the One Health course at Glasgow, you’ll build an understanding of the interconnectedness of public health, environmental issues and medicine. We welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds, including medical professions, biosciences, environmental sciences and economics. 
  • Our online MSc One Health 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 research at the University of Glasgow is vibrant and wide-ranging. Examples include the world-leading research being carried out into eliminating rabies, the surveillance of anthrax in Africa, and research on Lyme disease in the Outer Hebrides. It is this ongoing research that inspires the innovative, multinational ideas running throughout our multidisciplinary programme.
  • Over 95% of the research submitted by the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework in 2021.
  • Throughout the master’s in One Health online programme, we also raise awareness of cultural and societal factors that influence how One Health approaches are translated into practice.
  • Learn more about the One Health programme in this video with Professor Mark Roberts, Programme Director 

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Programme structure

Postgraduate One Health Certificate

  • Year 1: 3 x 20 credit core courses

Postgraduate One Health Diploma

  • Year 1: 3 x 20 credit core courses
  • Year 2: 1 x 20 credit core course and 2 x 20 credit optional courses

Master’s in One Health

  • Year 1: 3 x 20 credit core courses
  • Year 2: 1 x 20 credit core course and 2 x 20 credit optional courses
  • Year 3: 1 x 60 credit dissertation

The first year of study will explore and examine the value of the One Health framework, investigate 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.

The University of Glasgow specially adapts programmes to the online format. You will attend interactive lectures, seminars and individual tutorials. You will also build important connections with fellow students by taking part in project and team work.

Our expert staff will assess your progression through each course in a variety of ways. This may include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work. Details of these assignments are found in your induction.

Taken on a part-time basis, the duration of this programme is 2.5 to 6 years depending on the credential obtained. 

To discover more about the programme watch our webinar with the programme leaders or visit our articles section for more information.

For more detailed information on our courses, click the links below. 

Year 1

Year 2

Optional courses:

Year 3

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 outcomes

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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Career prospects

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

The modular structure gives you the flexibility to choose a line of study to suit your interests or career goals, covering a range 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.

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. To learn more, read our article about where an MSc in One Health can take you.

Please contact our team if your own background is not listed and you would like to know if our MSc programme would be suitable for you.

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

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Fees & funding

MSc

UK / EU / International:

  • £15,000 (total cost)

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

PgDip

UK / EU / International:

  • £10,000 (total cost)

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

PgCert

UK / EU / International:

  • £5,000 (total cost)

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

Fees are the same for Jan and Apr 2023 start

Fees for NHS-funded students (after NHS-discount): Jan/Apr 2023 entry: £1,112 per 20 credits, Sep 2023 entry: £1,174 per 20 credits

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

Additional fees

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

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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 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

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

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months, combined scores from 2 tests sat within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

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

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

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:

Desktop:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer

Mobile:

  • 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
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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.

Documents

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.

If you have any difficulty in completing the application, please contact us.

 

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