This programme if offered by the Department of Production Animal Studies.
This degree programme provides training in the principles of and methods used in veterinary epidemiology, including training in selected more specialised tools used in the discipline. It caters for the needs of candidates who wish to be trained as epidemiologists, health officers or researchers involved in the investigation and control of diseases in animal populations and who would like to gain relevant knowledge and develop specific technical skills.
The curriculum consists of compulsory and elective modules as well as a mini-dissertation. It is primarily a web-based modular degree programme.
At the discretion of the HOD and supervisor, a student may be granted exemption from the modules VRM 811 (Veterinary research methodology) and/or EPL 851 (Basic veterinary epidemiology) if equivalent module(s) have successfully been completed. The MSc degree is conferred by virtue of the successful completion of prescribed modules in the curriculum and a mini-dissertation.
Coursework: 50%; Mini-dissertation: 50%.
Also consult the General Regulations. Students are required to confirm whether a module will be presented in any particular year. This enquiry should be directed to the relevant head of department according to the syllabi information provided in the list of modules in this publication.
Subject to the stipulations of the applicable General Regulations, a BVSc, BScHons, four-year BSc in natural sciences or agriculture or an equivalent degree is required.
In certain cases, it remains the prerogative of the Head of Department to require, in addition to the entrance requirements already mentioned, the conduction of an interview and/or the successful completion of an admissions test before registration. Students must be proficient in English and may be required to pass a proficiency test prior to admission. Admission is also subject to the identification of a suitable research project and the availability of a supervisor. Prospective applicants should therefore make enquiries well in advance.
Examinations and pass requirements
If a student fails a module, he/she will have to repeat the module the following year.
Consult the General Regulations.
A research project of limited scope must be undertaken on an appropriate topic, depending on the field of interest of the student and the availability of a suitable supervisor, and written in the format of a mini-dissertation. The research topic is determined in consultation with the supervisor and head of department, and the research project must be approved according to Faculty guidelines.
Before or together with the mini-dissertation, a student must submit at least one draft article for publication in an accredited scientific journal, failing which the degree will not be conferred. The draft article must be based on the research for the mini-dissertation and must be acceptable to the supervisor and meet subsidy requirements.
Pass with distinction
The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained at least 75% for the mini-dissertation and a cumulative average of at least 75% for the core and elective modules.