Ulster University

Ulster University

Veterinary Public Health

This is a subject area which includes all aspects of public health that can be protected or improved by application of veterinary science. It links the animal and human health with the environment and plays a pivotal role in the development of an integrated 'farm to fork' approach to food safety. This programme enables official veterinarians to meet the demands for straightforward and clear answers regarding the potential risks (both microbial and non-microbial) associated with the consumption of, or exposure to, products of animal origin, issues of animal welfare and protection of the environment. This programme fulfils the additional requirement for the training of official veterinarians as set out in European Regulation 854/2004.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PgD/MSc must hold an Honours or non-Honours degree with a pass mark or equivalent standard (e.g. Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate) in a relevant subject area from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard or demonstrate ability to undertake the course through accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Applicants for the PgCert must hold an Honours or non-Honours degree with a pass mark of 50 per cent or equivalent standard. Relevant subject degree areas include human nutrition, food science, and agriculture/biological/biomedical sciences/veterinary medicine. Other degrees (e.g. Law) will also be acceptable provided that the applicant can demonstrate experience in food regulatory affairs.

Course modules

Modules include: Veterinary public health 1- regulatory; veterinary public health 2- applied.

Assessment methods

Assessment for individual modules is through cumulative assessment; cumulative assessment will be a combination of essays, critical reviews, preparation of briefing documents, online presentations and group work, class participation and case studies; research project and report.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Online/Distance Learning

Key information

Life and Health Sciences
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