BVM&S Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry Programme - 4-year programme)
UCAS code: D102
Duration: 4 years
School: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
College: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Introducing BVM&S Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry Programme - 4-year programme)
The Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) is a four-year programme which allows graduates with a relevant first degree in a biological or animal science subject to attain a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) degree and register as a veterinary surgeon.
This programme is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC) and the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC).
Our graduates can practise veterinary medicine throughout the UK, Europe, North America, Australasia and South Africa. The BVM&S is the equivalent of the North American Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), with the same standing worldwide.
You can find more detailed programme information on the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) website.
Professional & Clinical Skills (Graduate Entry Programme)
The Animal Body (Graduate Entry Programme)
Animal Life & Food Safety (Graduate Entry Programme)
Professional & Clinical Skills 3
Clinical Foundation Course
Integrated Clinical Course: Cat and Dog
Integrated Clinical Courses in Farm Animal; Equine and Exotics
Veterinary Public Health
Professional & Clinical Skills 4
Final year rotations (selected and core)
Student research component
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Teaching takes place at the Easter Bush campus, home to three animal hospitals, state-of-the-art teaching facilities and the world-renowned Roslin Institute.
Nearby is Langhill, the School's 250-hectare livestock farm, where you will learn animal handling and farm animal medicine. Our unique Exotic Animals and Wildlife Service provides you with first-hand experience of dealing with pets such as rabbits and tortoises, as well as wildlife native to the UK.
We also have links with Edinburgh Zoo and African wildlife projects.
You will have an opportunity for short laboratory based research placements, usually over the summer months after completion of the third year. Placements are offered within the Roslin Institute and the Moredun Institutes.
There are also opportunities for overseas placements, for example, at the Colorado State University and on the Cornell Leadership programme.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small-group teaching tutorials, practical work and case-based learning.
Your studies will be supported through our virtual learning environments. These include a virtual farm, a virtual post-mortem room, a virtual hospital and a virtual pharmacy.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by exams, coursework, and practical and clinical work.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our programmes are designed to train and prepare you for a career as a veterinary practitioner in general practice or in a specialised field such as small animal, farm animal, equine or exotic animal practice. They also prepare you for further training in a specialised clinical field.
Opportunities exist for you to get involved in wildlife disease prevention, endangered species conservation, government service or livestock husbandry education in the developing world.
You can also pursue a research career. The School incorporates the Roslin Institute, which, with the Moredun Research Institute and Scotland's Rural College, is a member of the Easter Bush Research Consortium - representing one of the world's highest concentrations of animal scientists.
While many of our graduates enter and remain within the veterinary profession for life, many others find that their training at Edinburgh enables them to succeed in a wide range of careers in research, government, private enterprise and academia.
Find more information on career prospects on the BVM&S website.
A 2:1 honours degree in a biological or animal science subject. Subjects studied MUST include Biology/Zoology, Physics, Biochemistry, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and Mathematics/Statistics at C or better. Genetics, Microbiology and Cellular Biology, at C or better, are also strongly recommended.
Applicants should provide detailed information on their practical experience (number of days/week spent and species worked with) in the appropriate section of their UCAS form. Candidates should be aware that the selectors can only take into account work already undertaken and not work planned. Applicants may receive an offer conditional on gaining further specified work experience.
All UCAS candidates are required to complete and return a Work Experience Summary form (WES) to the Admissions Office prior to the deadline of 22 October. Please note that applications submitted without a WES will be considered incomplete.
See the Vet School website to download the form and for further guidance on work experience.
All candidates applying for the Graduate Entry Programme must submit a copy of their degree transcript showing subjects and grades achieved to date. The transcript should be submitted by 22 October.
Other entry qualifications
All International and EU applicants, whose first language is not English, must sit an English proficiency test prior to application.
North American applicants
Candidates from North America who are set to complete an appropriate biological or animal science degree will be considered for the four-year programme.
Canadian applicants should have gained high grades in the science subjects throughout their first degree. US applicants should have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.4 (4-point scale), with greater than 3.0 in completed science courses. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test are required (use institution code 0917 and department code 0617). The deadline for GRE scores to be submitted is 1 October.
Fitness to practise
The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on a programme that involves practical training in a clinical environment, and that leads to a professional registerable qualification, are fit to practise. This is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the profession the student wishes to enter. Students will be provided with further information on admission.
All holders of unconditional firm offers are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to entry to the programme, regardless of whether a disability or health condition was declared on application or not.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
- SQA National 5 at C
- SQA Standard Grade at 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 at A
- SQA Intermediate 2 at C
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at C
- IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:
- IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 7.0 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 100 or above with 23 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 185 with 185 in each component
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)
There are usually 60 places for graduate applicants each year. Competition for places is therefore intense. The majority of applications are from candidates of high academic calibre. Unfortunately, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does not guarantee an offer.
Each application is considered individually. Academic qualifications play an important part in the selection process but close attention is also given to non-academic factors, including work experience, motivation, interests and attainments. An interview forms part of the selection procedure for all offered places.
We interview around 250 applicants for the 4-year Graduate Entry Programme each year. To be shortlisted for interview, applicants must normally score highly in all of these aspects of your application. Interviews normally take place between December and early March each year, exploring the information in the UCAS application and WES form, covering suitability for, and interest in, veterinary medicine and career exploration to date.
North American applicants
The School has a substantial number of North American candidates applying for both the four and five-year BVM&S degrees.
All North American graduate applications should be made through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) on the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website.
All North American high school graduate applicants should apply via UCAS.
We will consider late applications from graduate and international applicants for both the five-year and four-year degree normally up until 15 November each year. However, before making a formal application, you should contact the Admissions Team.
Deferred entry is not considered.
You can find out more about the application process and requirements for veterinary medicine in the BVM&S applications guide booklet.
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Additional costs include compulsory specialised equipment and protective clothing (approximately £150), and locker deposits (£15), and you will incur travel costs getting to Easter Bush campus.
Using public transport from the city centre will cost around £560 a year, which the School will subsidise proportionally in line with your year of study.
In addition, extramural study (externships) of 38 weeks will incur additional accommodation and travel costs. Limited grant funding may be available from the University, but is unlikely to cover the full costs of extramural study.
For international students, your immigration application may include a healthcare surcharge of around £300 a year.
Tuition fee payment
Graduate applicants accepted on to the programme will have to pay fees on a full-cost basis.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.