MSc Veterinary Science

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Awards available MSc
Programme length Three to four years, full-time
Location of programme Langford campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date July 2018

Programme overview

The three-year MSc in Veterinary Science is designed to give senior clinical training scholars a grounding in developing clinical research skills. A significant component of the Master's will relate to clinical responsibilities in your chosen specialist areas. Additional units are designed to enhance universally important skills such as scientific writing, statistical analysis, critical reading and teaching. A research project will form an essential part of the Master's degree and European diploma requirements.

Applications are welcome from veterinary surgeons who are interested in pursuing further specialist studies after completing a junior clinical training scholarship.

Fees for 2017/18

Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

There are four core units:

  • Clinical Research Project (60 credits)
  • Clinical Skills A (80 credits)
  • Clinical Skills B (80 credits)
  • Clinical Skills C (80 credits)

The Clinical Skills units are based around the European training guidelines for specialist veterinary qualifications in the individual's desired subject.

Entry requirements

Entry is open to qualified veterinary surgeons who have been offered a residency/senior training scholarship position in a specialist veterinary area. 

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile A
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Students who complete this programme will be prepared for careers as specialist veterinary surgeons or academic vets, or for work in industry or research. 

How to apply
Application deadline:

Positions will be advertised in the veterinary press and relevant European College websites. This will usually be early in the year prior to the July start date.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 35% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 53% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 11% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Professor Sorrel Langley-Hobbs Professor in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 9477 Email:

Dr Kate Allen Senior Lecturer in Equine Sports Medicine Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1641 Email:

School of Veterinary Sciences
University of Bristol
BS40 5DU


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