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BVM&S Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry Programme - 4-year programme)

UCAS code: D102

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

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. It 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.

Graduation from this programme will make you eligible for registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), as well as international accrediting bodies. You will be able to practice veterinary medicine in the UK and overseas.


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)
  • the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC)

Our graduates can practise veterinary medicine in:

  • the UK
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Australasia
  • 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.

BVM&S 4-year programme information

Year 1

  • Professional & Clinical Skills (GEP)
  • The Animal Body 1,2 and The Animal Body Systems and Cases (GEP)
  • Animal Life & Food Safety (GEP)

Year 2

  • Professional & Clinical Skills 3
  • Clinical Foundation Course
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Integrated Clinical Course: Cat and Dog

Year 3

  • Integrated Clinical Courses in Farm Animal; Equine and Exotics
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Professional & Clinical Skills 4

Year 4

  • Final year rotations (selected and core)
  • Student research component

Programme structure

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.

Programme structure (2023/24)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place at the Easter Bush campus, home to:

  • three animal hospitals
  • state-of-the-art teaching facilities
  • the world-renowned Roslin Institute

Nearby is Langhill, our school's 250-hectare livestock farm, where you will learn animal handling and farm animal medicine.

Our 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.

Take a tour of the facilities at Easter Bush


The Roslin Institute and the Moredun Institute offer placements.

You will also have opportunities to complete short laboratory-based research placements, usually over the summer after Year 3.

You may also get the chance to do an overseas placement. 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
  • case-based learning

Our virtual learning environments will support your studies. These include:

  • a virtual farm
  • a virtual post-mortem room
  • a virtual hospital
  • a virtual pharmacy

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by:

  • exams
  • coursework
  • practical and clinical work

This programme will train and prepare you for a career as a veterinary practitioner, either in general practice or in a specialised field of practice, such as:

  • small animal
  • farm animal
  • equine
  • exotic animal

It also prepares 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
  • livestock husbandry education in the developing world


Alternatively, you can pursue a research career.

Our school incorporates the Roslin Institute. This, along with the Moredun Research Institute and Scotland's Rural College, makes up the Easter Bush Research Consortium. Together, we have one of the world's highest concentrations of animal scientists.

Careers in other areas

While many of our graduates enter the veterinary profession for life, many others find that their training at Edinburgh enables them to pursue a career in:

  • research
  • government
  • private enterprise
  • academia

You can find more information on career prospects at the BVM&S website.

BVM&S career prospects

A UK 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. (Revised 26 April 2023 to clarify entry requirements. No material changes.)

Practical experience

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.

Guidance for prospective undergraduates

Academic transcripts

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.

English Language Tests

We require all applicants to demonstrate the level of English language competency required to succeed in their studies. If you are using an English language test that is not part of your school studies to meet our English language requirements, you must provide these results by 30 June 2024, for the 4-year Graduate Entry BVM&S Programme (August start), and 31 July 2024 for the 5-year BVM&S programme (September start).

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). Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test are not required. (Revised 04 April 2023 to correct requirements for US applicants.)

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.


Veterinary medicine is a practical subject and students must be able to handle and examine all animals safely and humanely. Applicants with a disability, health problem or allergy that may impact upon their ability to carry out practical procedures are invited to discuss this in confidence before making a formal application.

Health questionnaire

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.

Health questionnaire

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.


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
  • 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: total 7.0 with at least 7.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 23 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 185 with at least 185 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with passes in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 70 in each component.

(Revised 29 August 2023 to remove PTE Academic Online)

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, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements


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.

Interviews for BVM&S applicants

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.

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

All North American high school graduate applicants should apply via UCAS.


Deferred Entry

Deferred entry is not considered.

Application guide

You can find out more about the application process and requirements for veterinary medicine in the BVM&S applications guide booklet.

Application guide for Veterinary Medicine

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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BVM&S Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry Programme - 4-year programme)

Additional costs

Additional costs include:

  • compulsory specialised equipment and protective clothing (approximately £150)
  • locker deposits (£15)
  • travel costs for getting to the Easter Bush Campus (around £560 a year on public transport from the city centre. We subsidise this proportionally, in line with your year of study. In addition, anyone aged under 22 and residing in Scotland will be eligible for free bus travel.)

Extramural study (externships) of 38 weeks will also incur additional accommodation and travel costs. You may be able to access the limited grant funding available from the University, but this is unlikely to cover the full costs of extramural study.

International students may have to pay a healthcare surcharge of around £470 a year as part of their immigration application.

Tuition fees

Graduate applicants accepted onto this programme, including those from UK, EU and EEA, will have to pay the Overseas/Full Cost/EU fee rate.

Undergraduate tuition fees


For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding