Research course

Veterinary Sciences (MVetSci)

University of Edinburgh · Royal School of Veterinary Studies

Entry requirements

A degree in veterinary medicine (BVM&S Veterinary Medicine or equivalent). All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is the only one of its kind in the UK. It is designed for high-calibre, veterinary graduates from clinical backgrounds who want to explore and benefit from veterinary research, perhaps with a view to pursuing a PhD or a career in research.

The programme offers you the opportunity to undertake a research project in a laboratory or department relevant to your speciality. The choice of research projects carried out is wide, and ranges from bench research to clinical research.

Admission to this programme is subject to identifying a suitable research project and appropriate supervisor before starting the degree.

Subjects include:

  • epidemiology
  • gene delivery
  • genetics
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • neuroscience
  • parasitology
  • pathology
  • welfare and zoo animals.

The programme begins with a month of teaching to give you an overview of the whole range of techniques used in medical research. The first two weeks comprise lectures on subjects from stem cell biology to ethics and clinical trials and statistics training. This will follow with two weeks of practical workshops in cell biology and molecular medicine and learning practical techniques, including basic tissue culture, how to do PCRs and run Western Blots. After the first month of teaching you will move to a laboratory most relevant to your own speciality.

Fees and funding

There are a number of scholarships and funding opportunities which may be available to you.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MVetSci
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

MVetSci Administrator
+44 (0)131 651 9198