Masters in Veterinary Sciences

Masters in Veterinary Sciences (1 year taught course and research project)

The Masters in Veterinary Sciences degree (MVetSci) is a one year research degree for veterinary medicine graduates. It is a taster of research for anyone who is considering the possibility of a career other than in veterinary practice.  The programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and is proven to give graduates the competitive edge in the job market.

Lectures and workshops

The programme offers the opportunity to learn robust research skills and so begins with a taught month aiming to give you an overview of the whole range of techniques used in medical research. The first two weeks comprise lectures ranging over subjects from stem cell biology to ethics and clinical trials. You will also get several days of statistics training.  This is followed with two weeks practical workshops in cell biology and molecular medicine. During this, you will be taught practical techniques, including basic tissue culture, how to do PCRs and run Western Blots.

Research project

After the initial taught month, you will move to the laboratory or department relevant to your speciality. The range of research projects carried out is wide, and ranges from bench research to clinical research. You will need to find a supervisor and project before starting the degree. 

You can get an idea of the range of research opportunities available at the University, including the broad range of work into veterinary infectious dieases, on the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies website.  Alternatively contact the Programme Director Dr Richard Weller for advice (email). 

For more information about the Masters in Veterinary Sciences please visit the programme website.

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