Master (MSc) in Tropical Animal Health


The MSTAH will be offered as a blended programme (combined web-based and face-to-face) in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases of the University of Pretoria (UP).
January 2017 – December 2018: 2 years
Below, you can find the admission requirements for the course (and for the scholarships). Please read them first before registering for the course.
Registration deadline: 31/05/2016
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The overall objective of the collaborative MSc Tropical Animal Health degree programme is to follow an integrated One Health approach linking animal and human health, with a focus on:
  • The relationship between animal and human infectious and parasitic diseases (zoonoses)
  • Diseases and ecosystem health in order to improve disease control strategies
  • Ecosystem sustainability
  • Food security
  • Rural development
It will support the building of capacity:
  • To meet the challenges to the health of people, livestock and wildlife at such interfaces.
  • To influence the policy process to increase recognition and realization of the One Health concept when dealing with livestock, human and wildlife diseases in the tropics.
The Master (MSc) in Tropical Animal Health programme primarily aims to address an international audience:
  • Involved in tropical livestock and wildlife health, management and production in support of rural development.
  • Wishing to integrate the impact of the diseases and control activities on the local ecosystems in order to increase knowledge and effectiveness of control strategies.
Course structure
The modular programme is structured in such a way that a student can, by selecting the appropriate elective and skill modules, achieve a qualification that will support various career paths, including microbiology or parasitology, veterinary field services, or general veterinary practice, to name a few. The degree has a modular structure in order to ensure flexibility, with continued assessments throughout each module. The MSc has the following components:
  • A compulsory induction/field-workshop to be hosted in South Africa
  • Compulsory online core modules
  • Elective modules: Theory-based online modules and Skills-based modules that will take place at the University of Pretoria or at ITM depending on the modules you choose
  • Dissertation
Induction Workshop | 01/02/2017 – 08/02/2017
Online Core Modules | Beginning February 2017 – End May 2017
Elective Modules and Dissertation | June 2017 – End 2018
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