RVC 240-hour modules

Choose from a range of 240-hour modules available for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

On successful completion, you may apply to transfer onto the degree programme and use the completed module as a credit. Refer to the MSc Entrance Requirements.

Entrance requirements

240-hour modules: an appropriate degree, professional or technical qualification and work experience that we deem appropriate.

Information on fees.

How you study

  • Sample a credit-bearing module before committing to the full degree programme.
  • Study alongside the degree programme students.
  • Assessment includes one three-hour written examination and submission of up to two tutor-marked assignments.
  • Dependent upon the module taken, the study pack may include a combination of both hard copy and online materials, such as directed learning notes, readings and textbooks.

What can you study?

Refer to the programme pages for more information about the modules:

Advanced statistical methods in veterinary epidemiology (VPM013)

This module will provide an introduction to advanced methods of statistical modelling of epidemiological data. Please refer to the module page for the computer requirement.

Animal disease (current concepts) (LHM001)

It is designed to bring you up to date with the latest information and concepts in five subject areas that form the basis of the study of animal disease, namely: pathology, immunology, parasitology, microbiology and epidemiology.

Animal welfare (LHM016)

Animal welfare is a big subject, and the issues addressed in the module range from the methods used by farmers and producers handling many thousands of animals to individual cases brought to the veterinarian in small animal practice. The setting is worldwide, embracing both industrialized and developing countries.

Developing and monitoring of livestock production systems (VPM018)

This module seeks to provide an analytical framework through which you can develop a systematic appreciation of livestock production systems and the wider issues involved in the husbandry of livestock to provide for the various needs of humans.

Economics for livestock development and policy (LVM019)

This module is designed to give you an understanding of economics that can be applied in policy development at national and individual farm level.

Epidemiology and animal health economics (LVM004)

This module will provide you with an overview of analytical methods relevant in the context of animal disease control and livestock production. It will give you a basic introduction to statistical analysis, and a fairly comprehensive overview of veterinary epidemiology and animal health economics.

Management of infectious disease outbreaks in animal populations (LVM017)

This module is designed to provide you with both comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical tools for the management of major infectious diseases in livestock.

Principles of livestock production (LHM002)

This module will enable you to understand how feeding, breeding, management and interaction with the environment influence animal production and disease.

Research design and methods (LVM014)

This module will enable students to undertake a research project, with an appropriate study design to validate a hypothesis and analyse the data, including the presentation of results and writing a grant application.

Statistical methods in veterinary epidemiology (VPM012)

The module is designed to provide you with the key statistical knowledge, understanding and skills you will need to analyse and interpret data from common forms of epidemiological studies that are conducted in veterinary science.

Surveillance and investigation of animal health (VPM015)

This module will provide you with an overview of the different methods suitable for designing surveillance programmes as well as the tools that can be used to assist decision making in relation to control and prevention. Please refer to the module page for the computer requirement.

Veterinary public health (LVM006)

This module will provide you with an overview of the role of the veterinary profession with respect to the protection of the health of the public. During the module, you will explore the avenues by which agents of disease can be transmitted from animals to people. You will be introduced to some of the methods that are used to evaluate the risk of transmission and consider how to protect the public from these hazards. Areas of controversy will be examined and you will be encouraged to reach your own informed views concerning these issues.

You can find further information on 240 hour modules on the Royal Veterinary College's website.