MSc Veterinary Sciences

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MSc
Programme length Three to four years, full-time
Location of programme Langford campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date July 2020

Programme overview

The three- or four-year MSc in Veterinary Sciences is designed to give senior clinical training scholars a grounding in clinical research skills. All residents register for and study for a master's as part of their residency training programme. 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. Applicants will need to be Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS) and be qualified to practise in Europe. Applicants will be responsible for their own MRCVS registration and this must be in place before starting the residency/MSc.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2020/21

Scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students, covering the tuition fees and stipend, are provided by Langford Veterinary Services.

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

Programme structure

There are four core units: three clinical skills units and a clinical research project. The clinical skills units are based around the European training guidelines for specialist veterinary qualifications in your chosen subject.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Veterinary Sciences.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants will need to be qualified as a veterinary surgeon and have completed an internship in an appropriate area of veterinary studies. Veterinarians need to be MRCVS or eligible to be a member.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


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 in the October/November prior to the July start date.

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Find out more about studying with us or request a prospectus.

Get in touch

Contact details

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:

Bristol Veterinary School
University of Bristol
BS40 5DU
School website: Bristol Veterinary School

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International students

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

REF 2014 results

  • Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science:
  • 35% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 53% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 11% of research is recognised internationally (2*)

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


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