MRes Zoonoses and Epidemiology of Animal Infectious Diseases

This research-focused distance learning course immerses students into actively contributing to scientific research that is trying to solve pressing world problems. Use the tab below to apply for this course.


Scottish Rural College (SRUC), Scotland
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This Master of Research (MRes) course focuses on developing research in epidemiology of animal diseases and the transmission of zoonoses. The course is delivered through a global and Planetary Health context, illustrating the role of epidemiological sciences in addressing real world problems.

The course is designed for students to be able to develop their own skills and expertise, providing an opportunity to undertake two unique independent research projects. You will be supervised by internationally renowned experts in their field and immersed into a research team, making a real contribution to the advancement of knowledge in zoonotic diseases, infectious disease epidemiology and control.

The course is split across three semesters with the first focusing on the development of knowledge and skills essential to undertake bespoke research projects. In semesters 2 and 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake research projects in your own areas of interest.

The distance learning approach means that you can learn at your own pace, allowing flexibility for those who would like to combine study and work. Lectures are delivered during the day and are recorded, so students can watch on demand. However, some online content needs attendance at a specific time during the day, therefore the course requires some flexibility.

There are multiple opportunities to engage in online activities to develop skills and learn techniques in cutting edge analyses as applied to understanding the epidemiology of disease.

Occasional immersive study sessions at either the SRUC's Aberdeen or Inverness campuses will be offered, and you can also access the campus laboratories and facilities for your research project work.

The course can be studied full time over the course of 1 year or part time over 2-3 years.

About Scottish Rural College (SRUC)

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Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was established in 2012 through the merger of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) with Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges. Through these institutions, we can trace our lineage back over 100 years.

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