Veterinary Medicine and Science MSci (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

With a forward-thinking approach, strong links within the veterinary profession and world-leading research laboratories, Surrey has a growing reputation in the field of veterinary medicine and science.

Our diverse, innovative and contemporary BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course will fully equip you to excel in the dynamic field of veterinary medicine and science.

Our commitment to delivering a unique style of veterinary education is reflected in our ‘One Health’ approach to human and animal science and our mission to educate veterinary professionals who will meet the needs of a changing world.

What you will study

As a student of our BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course, you will explore animal health and disease and receive specialist training in veterinary science and its associated disciplines, preparing you for a successful and infinitely rewarding career in veterinary medicine and science.

This exciting five-year course has been created to foster interdisciplinary collaborations in animal and human health.

In addition to studying towards your professional veterinary medicine qualification, you will receive training in the core sciences and develop professional and business skills.

State-of-the-art facilities, such as our Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and Veterinary Pathology Centre, will give you hands-on practical, clinical and research training right from the start.

Our veterinary partners may provide opportunities for you to gain outstanding clinical experience with both general practice and referral-type caseload.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
MSci (Hons) 60 months D100 View KIS data set


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Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

A BVMSci degree from Surrey provides an excellent platform for a variety of careers.

Graduates develop the in-depth scientific knowledge that underpins clinical veterinary practice. These skills can open up a wide range of career options, including veterinary clinical practice, research, pathology, conservation medicine, pharmaceutical industry, food security, veterinary public health and policy.

Study and work abroad

In your fifth year, there may be an opportunity to spend your special interest elective rotation abroad. This is subject to approval from the School. 


As a BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science student you will complete clinical training placements.

The final year consists of 32 weeks/eight months of intramural rotations (28 weeks of core rotations and four weeks of electives):

  • Small animal general practice 1 (four weeks)
  • Small animal general practice 2 (four weeks)
  • Small animal referral practice (four weeks)
  • Equine general practice (four weeks)
  • Core elective (four weeks spent in either one of the following species: small animal, equine, productions or veterinary public health and pathology)
  • Production animals (four weeks)
  • Special interest electives (four weeks).

As part of the clinically integrated BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science degree programme, you will undertake ‘core’ clinical rotations, but will also have the opportunity to select a proportion of your practical experience to gain bespoke training centred on your interests. This includes the opportunity to undertake a research-based project.

Extramural studies

Extramural placements are an essential part of veterinary training, providing students with practical experience that consolidates their university-based studies.

In accordance with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons guidelines, all students are required to undertake a minimum 38 weeks of extramural placements. These consist of 12 weeks of animal husbandry extramural studies (AHEMS) and 26 weeks of clinical extramural studies.


You will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, including our £45m School of Veterinary Medicine building which has its own Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and one of Europe’s largest and most sophisticated high-containment veterinary pathology centres.

The Clinical Skills Centre provide livestocks and companion animal handling and examination areas, a locomotion laboratory, a simulated veterinary practice for communications training, seminar rooms and a technical skills training centre.

Professional recognition

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) quality assures UK veterinary degrees to make sure that new veterinary surgeons are fit to practise on graduation, and join the RCVS Register. Only those individuals registered with the RCVS can call themselves veterinary surgeons and, with a few exceptions, practise veterinary surgery in the UK.

We are liaising with the RCVS to ensure that our Veterinary Medicine and Science programme meets the standards required for the RCVS to grant full accreditation in 2019.

Read more about RCVS approval.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification

Year 5

Module title Status Semester


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).


Our teaching methods will develop your problem-solving skills, train you to use essential equipment and support your ability to be life-long learners. The curriculum is structured around the different body systems, covering all common companion and farm species, in addition to wildlife and exotic species.

Each module is integrated horizontally, covering anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and embryology in Year 1 and pathology and infectious disease in Year 2, as well as pharmacology, diagnostic techniques, communication, and clinical medicine and surgery in Year 3. In Year 4, the modules are divided according to species where you will use your knowledge and skills from the first three years to help develop further expertise in these species.

In addition to University of Surrey academics, many of whom have specialist veterinary qualifications, part of your teaching will be delivered by joint appointments with our associate veterinary partners.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Programme leader


Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: AAB.

Required subjects: Biology (grade A) and Chemistry (grade A). Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD in a science OR animal-related subject and A-level Chemistry grade A.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 34.

Required subjects: HL6/SL7 in Biology and Chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 82%.

Required subjects: Grades of 8.5 and at least 8.5 in Biology and Chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit.

Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in Biology and and 15 credits in Chemistry.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5).

Scottish Highers

Overall: AAABB.

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry at Grade A

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5).

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or equivalent: Five subjects at Grade A(7) including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics (or double science). English Language and Mathematics at Grade B(5).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Applicants are expected to have completed at least four weeks' animal-related work experience, including a week in general veterinary practice. Experience could include farm, stable yard, kennels, rescue centre, research laboratory or abattoir work. All work experience must be completed before 15 October 2018 and only official references in the formats outlined in the advice below can be accepted.

Read our advice on how to present evidence of your work experience.

Applicants will be sent a questionnaire to complete and they will have a week to complete and return this to us. Questionnaires will be scored for those applicants successful through the academic and work experience shortlisting. Applicants that score the highest will be invited to interview.

We are unable to guarantee successful candidates their first preference of interview day.

Read the complete admissions procedure for this course.

Fitness to practise: All offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey. All students must meet the professional standards and guidelines for health and conduct (PDF).

Interviews: Successful applicants will be invited to interview on Saturday 17 November 2018, Saturday 1 December, Monday 17 December, Tuesday 18 December or Friday 1 February 2019.

Please note that deferred entry is not usually permitted.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
MSci (Hons) 60 months £9,250 £32,400 Not applicable

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this course: 

  • Books/stationery/admin: £45-180 - Students are also strongly advised to register as a member of the British Veterinary Association. This provides insurance cover for placement activity and associated work experience. Membership is free for first-year students and around £45 per annum in following years.
  • Commuting (Local travel expenses): Students are required to undertake 38 weeks of Extramural Studies (EMS). These placements are arranged by students who are responsible for all associated costs (i.e travel, accommodation, equipment). Costs will vary depending on where students decide to undertake their EMS placements. In year 5 of the programme students undertake a series of clinical “Intramural” rotations (IMR). Students will be required to return for university-based activities and examinations throughout the year so will be advised to maintain accommodation local to Guildford where possible. Most placements occur within commutable distance and any travel expense incurred over and above a student’s normal journey to the University can be claimed back via the University. If students are allocated to a placement deemed “non-commutable” the University will pay a contribution to dual accommodation costs.
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £437 approximately - Students must purchase compulsory personal protection equipment (PPE) prior to starting on the programme to be worn in all animal handling/husbandry classes and whilst on placement. The costs are approx. £400 for year 1, to include approx. £135 of self-sourced uniform and equipment. Additional items are then required for Year 2 (at a cost of approx. £6.99) and Year 4 (at a cost of approx. £30) of the programme. This gives a total of approx. £437.00. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.

Grand total: £617 approximately

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Manor Park

Manor Park is home to the School of Veterinary Medicine, plus Surrey Sports Park and Manor Park halls of residence.

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