McGill University Partnership
A partnership between McGill University and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
In partnership with McGill University, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies offers students who have successfully completed U2 of the BSc (AgEnvSc) Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) Major, Animal Health and Disease Specialization programme the opportunity to enter onto the accelerated 4 year BVM&S Programme.
This agreement allows students to graduate with an internationally accredited veterinary degree in a combined total of 6 years (for students who commence their McGill studies in U1) or 7 years (for students who commence their McGill studies in U0) and receive a qualification from both McGill University (BSc (AgEnvSc)) and the University of Edinburgh (BVM&S).
Students successfully completing the BVM&S via this pathway will satisfy the remaining credit required to graduate from their BSc (AgEnvSc) at McGill University**.
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To be eligible to apply you must be in U2 of the BSc (AgEnvSc) Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) Major, Animal Health and Disease Specialization at McGill University, achieving good grades in all Major Courses, and be on track to obtain an overall GPA of 3.4 or above (on a 4 point scale) by the end of U2.
We also look for evidence of relevant animal handling experience.
We do not request specific types of work experience or state days/weeks required, as it depends to some extent on the opportunities available to you. The broader your experience the better, but you should not gain experience to the detriment of your academic studies. You should, however, gain both veterinary practice and animal work experience.
All candidates for the 4-year programme are considered on a full-fees basis.
The tuition fee for 2022 entry is £34,200 per year.
The annual tuition fee for the BVM&S degree is fixed for the full duration of the course.
R(D)SVS International Scholarships
The School offers two scholarships for overseas students beginning their studies on the BVM&S. Each scholarship is worth £5,000 per year and is tenable for the duration of their degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress.
We estimate students will need approximately £750 per month for living costs, including room and board. In addition to these expenses, you will also need to consider initial, annual and miscellaneous costs (deposits, bedding, textbooks, insurance, travel, etc).
The most up-to-date information on estimated living costs is available on the University website:
How to Apply (Step-by-Step Guide)
Partnership applications for 2022 entry have now closed. Applications for 2023 entry will open in September.
Your partnership application is made up of 3 elements - Application Form, Additional Documents, and Work Experience Summary Form.
The deadline for submission of all 3 application elements is 15 November.
1. Application Form (available from September)
Complete and submit an online application form.
2. Additional Documents
After submission of an application form, please send the additional documents listed below to email@example.com (BVM&S Admissions Team):
An up-to-date academic transcript from your home institution.
Letter of Recommendation
An academic reference from your home institution (can be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by the referee if preferred).
A summary of your educational background, including any English Language tests achieved to date (if applicable).
A personal statement of up to 500 words.
3. Work Experience Summary Form
Please also complete an online Work Experience Summary (WES) form detailing veterinary/animal-related work experience (paid and unpaid). Once you click the "Submit WES Form" button at the bottom of the page, this sends us your form automatically - you do not need to send us a copy by email. Please ignore the instructions to upload your WES to a EUCLID account – this is for applicants that apply through UCAS.
All selected applicants will be required to attend an Assessment Day which will include a Multiple Mini Interview and an Additional Skills Task.
The aim of our BVM&S Assessment Days is to measure aptitude as part of a holistic assessment of candidates.
Assessment Days are normally arranged between December and March each year.
Assessment Days will be conducted online for the 2022 cycle. Further information will be sent to candidates ahead of the interview stage and published on our website.
For the 2023 cycle and beyond, our hope is to return to face-to-face interviews.
Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer of a place by the end of March. If you are offered a place, you must successfully pass the first years of your degree at the required standard and meet our English language requirements. You are required to pass all of the science modules which make up the first years of your programme.
Extra Mural Studies (EMS) are a compulsory component of the curriculum and allow students to gain practical experience in as many aspects of veterinary work as possible. This has been a requirement for all veterinary students in the UK since 1932.
EMS consists of two distinct phases:
- Pre-clinical or animal husbandry phase, which comprises a total of 12 weeks carried out prior to entry into the "clinical years" of the course (i.e. prior to Year 2 of the four-year BVM&S).
- Clinical EMS, which comprises 26 weeks carried out during the three clinical years of the programme. Clinical EMS should include time in abattoirs, laboratories, and with government veterinary services, as well as in clinical practices. Students can also spend time working on research projects or attending research summer schools as part of EMS.
As part of the four-year accelerated route, you are able to complete up to six weeks of your pre-clinical EMS prior to starting the course. This is known as 'Pre-entry EMS' and is work experience that is done with prior approval between offer and the start of the course in August. Full information on Pre-Entry EMS is included alongside a candidate's offer.
New entrants to the four-year BVM&S programme may be eligible for exemption from up to 4 weeks' EMS based on substantial previous experience gained since January of the year preceding entry (i.e. since January 2021 for entrants to the BVM&S in 2022). Full information on EMS Exemption is included alongside a candidate's offer.
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To graduate from their (BSc (AgEnvSc), students on this partnership pathway are required to provide McGill University with their full University of Edinburgh transcript after successful completion of their BVM&S, and complete any other steps required of McGill graduands.
In the event that a student on this partnership pathway withdraws from the BVM&S, the following applies:
- A student withdrawing from the BVM&S after successful completion of Years 1, 2 & 3 will be entitled to satisfy the remaining credit required to graduate from their (BSc (AgEnvSc)) at McGill University;
- A student withdrawing in any other circumstance will not be entitled to satisfy the remaining credit required to graduate from their (BSc (AgEnvSc)) at McGill University.
Your McGill University advisor
If you have any questions related to McGill requirements, please contact:
Dr. Julie Major | email@example.com
- Undergraduate Admissions
- Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus
- Post Code
- EH25 9RG