The aim of this postgraduate programme is to provide scientific knowledge relating to aspects of "One Health".
The curriculum has been designed to address the current key shortage in highly-skilled veterinary and medical clinicians (as well as other scientists) that can enter government agencies, agricultural and food industries and fulfil invaluable roles in biomedical research, provide valid scientific advice and advise on policy development and implementation.
The educational aims of the taught element of the programme are to:
develop an understanding of the role of comparative medicine and animal models for human disease;
obtain an up-to-date concept of the current threats of emerging diseases in animals that may threaten human health and of other zoonoses and how these impact food security;
develop a basic understanding of epidemiological concepts as they relate to infectious diseases of animals, with a focus on those transmissible to humans;
attain a basic understanding of relevant (primarily molecular biological and immunochemical) procedures that are used as aids to biomedical research and disease control;
recognize the importance of the level of preparation required to undertake a bench or computer-based research project.
The educational aims of the dissertation element will be centred round a bench-based research project or a statistical/epidemiological computer-based project relevant to the subject area. The educational aims are to:
develop a thorough understanding of the chosen research project area;
learn the research skills prerequisite to executing the chosen research project;
demonstrate the ability to collate and critically assess/interpret the resultant data;
dvelop an ability to effectively communicate knowledge in a scientific manner;
derive conclusions and provide recommendations based on the research findings;
reflect on the processes involved with development of a dissertation thesis.