Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BVMSci (Hons) UCAS: D100

5 years

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Why choose this course

With our £45 million state-of-the-art facilities, including our £11m Veterinary Pathology Centre, our diverse BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course will fully equip you to excel in this dynamic field.

Surrey gives you the opportunity to benefit from our wide partner network and strong industry links within the veterinary profession. You may also get to take on challenging research with our partner organisations, allowing you to gain a unique insight into veterinary research.

Our hands-on, practical training and partnership-based teaching are designed to build your confidence right from day one, and allow you to understand the range of career opportunities open to you.

We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for this course in the National Student Survey 2019.

A week in the life of a vet student

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What you will study

As a student of our BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course, you’ll 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.

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

In addition to studying towards your professional veterinary medicine qualification, you’ll 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 provide opportunities for you to gain outstanding clinical experience with both general practice and referral-type caseload.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons accreditation

Our innovative BVMSci (Hons) Veterinary Medicine and Science course has recently received official accreditation from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).  

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.


You will benefit from our purpose-built facilities, which has its own Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and one of Europe’s largest and most sophisticated Veterinary Pathology Centres.

The Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre provides livestock 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

BVMSci (Hons) - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a veterinary surgeon with that body.

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 forms the basis of 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.

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. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.


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.

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:

Module title Status Semester


Course 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.

The modules cover 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 Level 3. In Level 4, the modules are divided according to species where you’ll 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 who have specialist veterinary qualifications, part of your teaching will be provided by vets and specialists from our partner veterinary practices and other organisations.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


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.

Entry requirements


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: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

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

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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.

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.

Selection process

You 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 2019 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 (PDF).

You will be sent a questionnaire to complete and will have a week to complete and return this to us. Questionnaires will be scored if you successfully proceed through the academic and work experience shortlisting. Applicants that score the highest will be invited to interview.

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

Read the complete admissions procedure for this course (PDF).

Fitness to practise: All of our 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: If you are a successful applicant you will be invited to interview.

Declaration of criminal convictions

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.

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.


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BVMSci (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £33,400

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

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

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 within a 60 mile radius of Guildford. 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” from their home base, the University will pay a contribution to dual accommodation costs.
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £265 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. £265 for year 1, to include approx. £100 of self-sourced uniform and equipment. However prices are subject to change depending on supplier availability. Additional, optional items are available to students to purchase at their own discretion and throughout the programme. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their uniform.

Grand total: £445 approximately

Clinical training placements

Intra-mural rotations (IMR) are the Vet School’s unique approach to veterinary clinical training for its fifth and final-year students. 

Students take eight clinical training placements out in the workplace, where they are mentored by trained practice staff. 

IMR builds on the concept of extra-mural studies (EMS), earlier in the course, which offers students an opportunity to gain real-life work experience to enhance their university-based studies.

Fifth year intra-mural rotations are structured as follows:

  • Small animal general practice 1
  • Small animal general practice 2
  • Small animal referral practice
  • Equine general practice
  • Production animals
  • Special interest electives
  • Core elective (four weeks spent practising one of the following: small animal, equine or productions)
  • Veterinary Pathology and Public Health.

As part of the clinically-integrated BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science course, you’ll be introduced to ‘core’ clinical rotations, and there may be the opportunity to select a proportion of your practical experience to gain bespoke training centred on your interests. This includes the opportunity to take up a research-based project.

Extra-mural studies

Extra-mural placements are an essential part of veterinary training, providing you with practical experience that reinforces their university-based studies.

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

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.

Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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.

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 (PDF) 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 guide 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.

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.

University of Surrey

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