Taught course

Veterinary Surgery

University of Nottingham · School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Entry requirements

DVetSurg: 2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent); MVS: candidates must hold a Veterinary Bachelor’s degree (normally first or second class honours or equivalent). Each candidate must also be a Member or Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with a legal ability to practise veterinary medicine in the UK.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The 3 year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Doctor of Veterinary Surgery (DVS) degrees offer a programme comprising a taught component of 1 year and 1 or more major research projects over a minimum of a further 2 years. The aim of the DVM/DVS programme is to develop research and clinical excellence in veterinary-qualified staff and engage veterinarians from clinical practice into research.

Students are expected to complete taught modules at master's level in research methods, critical appraisal of literature and research planning. In addition students are required to submit a research thesis. Every DVM and DVS student will be allocated to a supervisor, or supervisors.

Progression through the period of study is closely monitored through regular meetings with the students' supervisory committee and by reviews with an internal postgraduate progress committee in Years 1 and 2. The school is offering in conjunction with the University of Oxford, a DVM in Laboratory Animal Medicine .

Senior Clinical Training Scholars are registered on a 3 or 4 year Master of Veterinary Surgery(MVS) programme. The MVS degree provides appropriate training to equip the candidate to work at a specialist level in their chosen field. The programme provides appropriate exposure to clinical case load and scholarly activity to ensure that candidates are prepared for and meet the criteria for assessment for the specialist clinical qualification in their field.

There are three elements of the MVS course:

  • Generic training to support the development of personal and professional skills associated with clinical practice and research
  • Clinical training allowing the student to gain comprehensive experience in all aspects of the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in their chosen area of speciality.
  • Clinical research will be conducted, requiring the design and execution of a reseach project in their chosen area of speciality.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 6472